Firestone Claims Strong's Marine Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Hampton Classic
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And Goetzman wins EnTrust Junior Jumper Classic
Bridgehampton, NY, Aug. 28, 2014-Christina Firestone, of Wellington, FL, rode Zodiac to victory in the $5,000 Strong's Marine Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic with a jump-off time of 26.769.
Sarah Ryan, riding Orleen, placed second (27.456), while Firestone claimed third place on Chantilly (28.080).
These two ribbons propelled Zodiac to the Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship and Chantilly to the Reserve Championship. Both warmblood mares are owned by Firestone's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone, who also bred Zodiac, 10.
The 39th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs Aug. 24-31. 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.
Firestone, 19, and Zodiac have a log relationship, and their understanding showed in their confidently quick jump-off round. "I think the key was that every single jump came right out of stride and at a fast pace," said Firestone. "And she's great at turning. Any time there's an inside turn, we have an advantage."
She's only been riding Chantilly since the summer, so she rode the mare less aggressively than she rode Zodiac in the jump-off round. "We've been getting to know each other, and we've been getting better and better," said Firestone.
Firestone is a sophomore at Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, where she's majoring in advertising. She trains with Stacia Madden.
Madison Goetzman, 14, rode Wendalineke to the fastest time in the jump-off (27.394) to win the $5,000 En Trust Junior Jumper Championship, a victory that sealed the Junior Jumper Championship for the pair.
Lucas Porter rode Psychee D'Amour to second (28.408), and Lauren Fischer rode Norton De La Sapaie to third (28.571). Porter claimed the Amateur-Owner Jumper Reserve Championship.
Goetzman, of Skaneateles, NY, has trained at Heritage Farm for more than four years, and she's been riding Wendalineke, a chestnut mare, since the middle of 2013.
"I thought the jump-off course was great for her, because she's great at turning and then extending to run down to the next jump," said Goetzman.
Goetzman also shows in the equitation division, and she was planning to show another horse in the afternoon's Sam Edelman Equitation Championships in the Grand Prix Ring. "I think the jumpers are much more fun. Equitation really helps you for the jumpers, but I find the jumpers way more interesting," she said.
But she enjoys riding in either division at the Hampton Classic. "I just love the atmosphere here, and I really like showing in the Grand Prix Ring," she said.
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 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.