Adrienne Sternlicht Masters $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby, presented by Sotheby's International Realty, at Hampton Classic :: The Hampton Classic

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Adrienne Sternlicht Masters $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby, presented by Sotheby's International Realty, at Hampton Classic

Lauren Fischer Wins $10,000 T & R Development Junior/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake

The student surpassed the teacher when Adrienne Sternlicht beat McLain Ward's clear round time by nearly a second to win the $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby, presented by Sotheby's International Realty, at the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.

"Mclain told me before the class that it was essentially my class to lose," said the 23-year-old resident of Greenwich, CT. "I think he wanted me to beat him, so I was really happy that I was able to execute it."

Adrienne Sternlicht and Raia D' Helby Win Merrill Lynch Speed Derby
Photo credit: Shawn McMillen

Riding Raia D' Helby, owned by Starlight Farms, LLC, Sternlicht mastered the course in 85.878 seconds, nearly a second faster than Ward's time of 86.793 seconds. Sternlicht believed it was due to the jumping style of her 11-year-old Selle Francais mare.

"I think I gained time on McLain because my horse doesn't jump as lofty as his and is a little quicker across the ground," said Sternlicht. "I just tried to stay really smooth and play to her strengths and she was amazing. My horse is used to jumping in bigger classes, so I knew I could challenge her in terms of speed. She's very careful and very brave, so I think where other horses needed to take extra time, I was able to stay on my pace. I think I let her down in the speed class yesterday, so I was happy that I was able to pull through for my horse."

One of Ward's other students, Lauren Fischer, 18, of Bedford Hills, NY, bested a field of 50 competitors to win the $10,000 T & R Development Junior Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake. The top 30 riders qualified for the $25,000 Campbell Stables Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumping Derby on Sunday. Fischer took the lead early on Tosca Du Feugre, owned by Cheryl Fischer, and had to wait to see if their clear round score in a time of 80.993 seconds would win the class.

"I was really hoping, but you could never be too sure," said Fischer. "There was really tough, tough competition in the class. I just wanted to go for a really nice smooth round with my horse. It's so exciting to win. It's a dream come true."


Lauren Fischer and Tosca Du Feugre Win T & R Development Junior/AO Welcome Stake.
Photo credit: Shawn McMillen

Coco Fath and Huckleberry, owned by Hillside Farm, LLC, went last and nearly beat Fischer's time, going in 82.192 seconds, but it would not have mattered to Fischer. "My heart was beating a little bit faster when I saw her go around, but I knew either way I would end up really well. I cared more about how amazing my horse jumped. If we got second place, she still would have won to me."


Sarah Scheiring and Kokette Van De Heffinck Top SHF Enterprises 7 & Under Jumpers
Photo credit: Shawn McMillen

Sarah Scheiring and Kokette Van De Heffinck, owned by Ascent Equestrian, LLC, had the fastest clear round going in 42.991 in the eight horse jump-off to win the $10,000 SHF Enterprises 7 & Under Jumper class, also held in the Grand Prix ring on Friday morning. Theodore Boris was second on Jacomo Van Rocharuth with 43.337 and Mario Deslauriers was third on Starlight Farm's Curo going in 44.486.