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Children's divisions take over the hunter rings

Bridgehampton, NY, Aug. 26, 2014-Scarlett Lee Aylsworth of New York City rode Alamo to the Children's Hunter Grand Championship at the 39th Annual Hampton Classic. En route to the grand championship among the seven divisions, Aylsworth, 14, and Alamo clinched the tricolor in the Children's Hunter Horse, 14 & Under, Sec. B.

Aylsworth, a sophomore at Birch Wathen Lenox School in New York, has been riding Alamo since February. She leases him from owner Mariah Friedland, who is in college. Friedland rode and showed Alamo during the summer, though, so the Hampton Classic was Aylsworth's first show with the chestnut gelding in a couple of months.

"He went like I expected, really," said Aylsworth. "He was just really perfect. He's just a really good boy all the way around."

Aylsworth trains with Frank Madden and Heather Hayes.

"I'm just really happy-I love this horse show, because, ever since I was little, it's been the biggest show of the year for me," she said.

Scarlett Lee Aylsworth rode Alamo to win the Children's Hunter Grand Championship at the 39th Annual Hampton Classic.
(Shawn McMillen photo)

The other children's hunter champions were:

Children's Hunter Small/Medium Pony, Sec. A: First Blue/Eva Romanoff

Children's Hunter Small/Medium Pony Sec. B: Gossip Girl/Bella Clemente

Children's Hunter Large Pony, Sec. A: Sunlight/Louisa Soohoo

Children's Hunter Large Pony Sec., B: Redwood Forest/Sophia Soja

Children's Hunter Horse, 14 & Under, Sec. A: Central Park/Mimi Gochman

Children's Hunter Horse 15-17, Sec. A: Lifeline/Jane C. Brooks

The 39th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs Aug. 24-31, in Bridgehampton, NY. The Hampton Classic features world-class equestrian competition, with more than 100 classes of competition including jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

The Hampton Classic features six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, on its 60-acre show grounds. The Classic's world-class equestrian competition attracts many of the nation's top professional and amateur riders including Olympic medalists.

The Classic's world-class field of Grand Prix riders competes daily in the Classic's open jumper division, which features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29-31: the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and Sunday's $250,000 Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, presented by Land Rover, a qualifying competition for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April.

The Grand Prix is also part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, and the $250,000 National Horse Show Grand Prix. The rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show's Open Jumper division wins the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge.

For those who can't make it to the show grounds, a complimentary live webcast of all Grand Prix ring classes will air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of Longines.

In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at www.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic's other classes will also be available on ShowNet.biz.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.