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California rider guides Golden Rule and Enough Said to top ribbons

Bridgehampton, NY, Aug. 3,1 2014- Stephanie Danhakl of Pacific Palisades, CA, rode her horses Golden Rule and Enough Said to first and second places in the $10,000 Hermes Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic, the final hunter class of the 39th Annual Hampton Classic.

Danhakl, 27, rode Golden Rule, 10, to the first round's top score, an 88, and returned in the second round to score an 82. Since her two horses were the last two to perform in the second round, it meant she'd already clinched first place with Golden Rule when she returned on Enough Said, 8. But she galloped and jumped him to the best second-round score, an 86. Golden Rule's score of 82 gave him a total of 170, guaranteeing that Danhakl had won the class because the only horse left to go was Enough Said.

"When I went in the second time on Golden Rule, I was a little nervous, and I don 't usually get that way. So I rode a little defensively. ­I was basically trying to not lose," Danhakl said.

Enough Said's total of 165 points put him second in the 33-horse field. "I wasn't nervous at all for Enough Said's round-I didn't have any pressure on me! I figured I'd go out there and just have fun," she said.

Danhakl didn't come all the way from California just to ride in the Hampton Classic. She's pursuing her master's degree in art history at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and trains with Scott Stewart and Ken Berkley.

"I love it here at the Hampton Classic. It's been a great show for me-I love being able to gallop over the grass rings. There aren't many shows that have grass rings like this anymore," she said.

Enough Said won the Amateur-Owner Hunter (3'3"), 18-35, Championship, and Golden Rule won the Amateur-Owner Hunter (3'6"), 18-35, Championship.

Other hunter awards presented today were:

Grand Hunter Champion: Ovation/Victoria Colvin

Leading Hunter Rider: Scott Stewart

Best Junior Rider: Victoria Colvin

Leading Junior Equitation Rider: Michael Hughes

Hunter Groom Award: Antonio Aguilar

The Hampton Classic, which ran Aug. 24-31, 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 featured an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days, Friday through Sunday: 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 rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show's Open Jumper division wins the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge.

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.