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Equis Best Presented Horse Award at Hampton Classic Olympic veteran Peter Leone of Greenwich, CT, and Capito Z won the Equis Best Presented Horse Award, given to the best turned-out horse that is presented by its rider at the FEI horse inspection. Leone received the award at the 41st Annual Hampton Classic, just prior to the start of the first FEI-recognized competition, the $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake. L to R: Peter Leone, Alex West, Capito Z and Valerie Huckstep Photo credit: Shawn McMillen "It is a real honor that my horse, Capito Z, has been awarded the best turned-out horse," said Leone. "All the credit goes to his groom and caretaker, Valerie Huckstep. She is one of the best in the world and I am so happy for
Schoelen won the 15-17 division riding Capone Z and Topping captured the blue ribbon in the 14 & Under division on Perfektionist, owned by Tracey Topping Kylie Schoelen and Capone Z Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Schoelen, of Toms River, NJ, received an 82 in the first round and an 89 in the second to secure her victory in the 15-17 division. The second round score caught her by surprise. "I was amazed. I never received a score that high before," said Schoelen. "I started out in third after the first round and I ended up winning. It feels great." Schoelen has only had her 8-year-old Zangersheide for two years, but she has really enjoyed the experience. "My horse is so awesome. I have had so much fun with him. He
Scott Stewart claims four championships and three reserves Jimmy Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Levland, owned by The Levland Group, captured the prestigious High Performance Hunter Championship in the Anne Aspinall Ring at the 41st annual Hampton Classic. Scott Stewart and Cameo, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, won the reserve championship. "When you talk about the High Performance division, it takes a special horse and Levland is that horse. He has so much ability. He is very scopey, he's got a big stride and he's careful with very good technique, which is what you want in a horse," said Torano. "It's nice to win. The only time I have ever been champion at the Classic was twenty plus years ago, so to be champion in
Riding Crown 5, She Wins the $10,000 Royalton Farms Open Jumper Class. Georgina Bloomberg of New York, NY, won her second open jumper class in as many days at the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Wednesday. Riding Crown 5, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC, Bloomberg was the fastest of the nine clear rounds in the jump-off to take the $10,000 Royalton Farms Open Jumper 1.45m class in the Grand Prix ring. "It's a great way to start the week," said Bloomberg of her two victories. "My horse is not the fastest; he spends a lot of time in the air, so I knew I had to turn tight. I have not done too many jump-offs with him so I was pleasantly surprised." Georgina Bloomberg and Crown 5 Win $10,000 Royalton Farms Open Jumper Class
Georgina Bloomberg and Todd Minikus Top the $10,000 1.40 Jumper Classes In a five horse jump-off Shane Sweetnam of Ireland claimed victory in the $10,000 Great Southwest Equestrian Center Open Jumper 1.45 m class at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. Katie Cox was second and Beezie Madden, in her first competition since riding on the U.S.'s silver medal team at the Rio Olympic Games, was third. Shane Sweetnam and Main Road Win Great Southwest Equestrian Center Class Madden was the first to go in the jump-off riding Coach, owned by Abigail Wexner. They handled the shortened Alan Wade designed course easily, going clear in a time of 40.230 seconds. Sweetnam went next on Sweet Oak Farm's Main Road, the first of his two
Lauren Reischer Wins Grand Championship The Hampton Classic Horse Show was once again the proud host of the Championship Finals for the Long Island Horse Show Series (LIHSSRD) for Riders with Disabilities, presented by Bridgehampton National Bank. For the 11th consecutive year, the top qualifiers in three divisions competed for year-end titles with Lauren Reischer of New York, NY, winning the Grand championship. Reischer earned the Grand Championship by winning every class in the LIHSSRD Independent Finals Division. She first competed in the Finals at the Classic in 2009 and then took a break until this year. At first the 17-year-old found it difficult to describe her feelings regarding her victory, but
Day of education highlights animals available for adoption ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day celebrated its sixth year at the 41st annual Hampton Classic offering several types of animals for adoption. In addition to horses, dogs and cats, this year for the first time the Day included various breeds of rabbits that were rescued in a joint effort between the ASPCA and NYPD. ASPCA Ambassador Georgina Bloomberg and friend Photo credit: Geoff Tischman Valerie Angeli, ASPCA senior director of equine and special projects, and Jill Rappaport, TV host and animal-welfare advocate, welcomed area horse rescues that took part in a presentation in the Anne Aspinall Ring. Those participating included: Our Farm Equine
McLain Ward sped to the top in the $30,000 Boar's Head Open Jumper Challenge, presented by Dan's Papers, on opening day at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. The win marked the four-time Olympic veteran's first competition since leading the US team to a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games. Ward's 2004 gold medal Olympic teammate Peter Wylde was second and Shane Sweetnam of Ireland was third. Ward of Brewster, NY, riding Tina La Boheme, bested a field of 39 by going clear in the fastest time of 59.048 seconds on the Michel Vaillancourt designed course in the beautifully manicured Grand Prix ring. Sweetnam, winner of last year's Longines Rider Challenge as the horse show's leading open jumper rider, went fourth and
Beautiful weather kicked off the Opening Day of the prestigious 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY on August 28. Culminating the Hamptons' famed summer season, this renowned event showcases the highest levels of equestrian show jumping competition over eight days at a world-class venue, for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. The opening ceremony officially started the show with Hampton Classic Executive Director Shanette Barth Cohen addressing the crowd. "We are super excited about this year's show and all of the additions to the Hampton Classic," said Cohen. "Today's event, the $30,0000 Boar's Head Open Jumper Challenge, presented by Dan's Papers, features Olympian
On Shorapur, he tops the four-horse jump-off.
Kevin Babington of Ireland guided the young mare Shorapur to the fastest fault-free jump-off time (39.16 seconds) to claim the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Land Rover, in an exciting climax to the 39th Annual Hampton Classic.
Brianne Goutal of New York City rode Nice De Prissy to second place (0 faults/40.34 seconds), and Richie Moloney of Ireland rode Freestyle De Muze to third place, with 4 faults in 44.26 seconds. Ramiro Quintana of Argentina guided Whitney to fourth place, with 8 faults in 38.58 seconds.