Children’s hunters shine on show’s third day

Children’s hunters, both horses and ponies, took over the hunter rings in Tuesday’s edition of the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.

Erica Ferreira, of Bridgehampton, N.Y., and His Way were named the Grand Champion Children’s Hunter after earning the Children’s Hunter Large Pony Championship.

Blu Venture, ridden by Hensley Humphries of Short Hills, N.J., and Simply Magical, ridden by Stella Propp of New York, N.Y., won the championships in the two sections of the Children’s Hunter Small/Medium Pony division.

Lilly, ridden by Lili Halterman of New York, N.Y., won the Children’s Hunter Horse, 14 & Under, championship.

Carmona, ridden by Paige Israel of New York, N.Y., won the Children’s Hunter Horse, 15-17, championship.

The day climaxed with four $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Hunter Classics, one each for the two pony sections and one each for the two horse age groups.

Caroline Cline, of New York, N.Y., rode Small Talk to victory in the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Horse, 15-17 Years Classic. The 17-year-old junior at Riverdale Country School took the lead in the first round and achieved an even better performance in the second round.

“I have a great horse and a great trainer, so I didn’t really feel any pressure,” said Cline, who trains with Bonnie Cunniffe.

“Small Talk went really well in both rounds, but I thought I rode better in the second round. I thought it was more refined,” Cline added.

Cline said that Small Talk, a 16-year-old veteran of hunter shows, prefers larger, grass-covered rings like the Hampton Classic’s Anne Aspinall Ring. “He loves it on the grass field, so he’s even more fun to ride then,” she said.

Cline’s family usually spends the summer months on eastern Long Island, so the Hampton Classic is a special show for her. “I’ve always wanted to ride here, and winning this makes it even more special. It’s a great way to end the summer!” she said.

Coco Faith, of Fairfield, Conn., rode Monopolu to win the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Horse, 14 & Under Under, Classic.

Kathryn Pizzi of Port Washington, N.Y., rode Rhyme ‘N Reason to win the Marshall & Sterling Small/Medium Pony Classic.

Sabrina Livigni, of Shoreham, N.Y., rode Benlea Sea Wolf to win the Marshal & Sterling Large Pony Classic.

(PHOTO) Erica Ferreira and His Way were the Grand Champion Children's Hunter at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)