Ward Polishes Off Another Win in $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix
NYAugust 30, 2003For the second year in a row, McLain
Ward of Brewster, NY, rode away with top honors in the $25,000 Sally
Hansen Grand Prix at the 28th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show
in Bridgehampton, NY.
horses entered the competition with ten advancing to the grand prix,
including two for Ward. Riding Kartousch, his seven-year-old mare,
Ward took the early lead by posting a time of 36.27 seconds. The
time held until Ward returned to the ring with Labelle, a nine-year-old
bay mare owned by Sarah Willeman and Turnabout Farm. Blistering
around the shortened jump-off track set by course designer Conrad
Homfeld of Southampton, NY, Ward clocked in at 35.20 seconds to
become the new leader. Sydney Olympian Laura Kraut was the only
other entry to come close to Wards winning time, posting a
score of 35.29 seconds to finish second.
havent had the best week, but we came back to redeem ourselves,
said Ward, 27. I knew with the quality of horses in this class,
it was going to be a fairly large jump-off.
Ward was the winner last year riding Flier, this years victory
came aboard a horse that is not in his regular string.
is owned by Sarah Willeman and is trained by Missy Clark,
explained Ward. She doesnt live with me, she is just
a catch ride. Missy does such a great job, and shes such a
great mare. Labelle is super fast, shes like a rabbit. I knew
if I could leave the jumps up, she would have a time that would
be hard to beat."
second place finish with Quick Star 2Z, a nine-year-old mare owned
by Pasmore Stables, came hot on the heels of her win on Wednesday
in the Absolut Open Jumper competition.
Ward was third riding the seven-year-old mare Kartousch, local favorite
Joe Fargis of Southampton, NY, an Olympic gold medalist, placed
fourth after posting a double clear round riding the 12-year-old
Diams 111. Laura Linback of Mundelein, IL, placed fifth riding Remember
Me 9 while the only other rider to go double clear, Alison Firestone,
26, of Upperville, VA, placed sixth aboard Maike.
28th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show concludes in dramatic fashion
on Sunday with the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, a member
event of the King Shavings U.S. Grand Prix League (USGPL). Limited
to one horse each, 30 riders will take a crack at winning the $45,000
first place purse. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, will be back
to defend the title she has now held for the last three consecutive
to the start of the Grand Prix at 2 p.m., the four members of the
United States Equestrian Team will be recognized for their recent
gold medal victory at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic. Engle, Lauren Hough Chris Kappler and Beezie
Madden will all be on hand for the special presentation.
to the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Grand Prix Sunday is $5 per
person or $15 per carload, with children under 6 admitted free.
Reserved grandstand seating for Grand Prix Sunday, August 31, is
$15 per person (in addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission)
or $25 per person in the special Premium Seating center sections.
Parking is free throughout the show week.