Goutal Wins $10,000 Wolffer Estate Jumper Class At The Hampton Classic
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Tromp takes lead in Longines Leading Rider Challenge
Brianne Goutal, of New York, N.Y., urged Uata to the fastest time in the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. Her time of 58.60 seconds just edged Darragh Kenny on Matana (58.99).
Chelsea Sundius, on Quiet Lady, claimed third (60.02). A total of 77 horses started in this class, the morning’s feature in the Grand Prix Ring.
“I was thinking I might make the top five before I went in,” said Goutal, 24. “I didn’t think the class was that fast, and I really think I could have gone faster. I didn’t go super-fast, but she doesn’t spend a lot of time in the air over the jumps.”
Uata is an 11-year-old warmblood mare. “She’s a real winner,” said Goutal. “She’s quite opinionated and very aggressive to the jumps. She likes to come to the jumps with a lot of speed, so classes like this are perfect for her.”
Mattias Tromp, 18, continued the younger generation’s winning streak in the Hampton Classic’s jumper classes by winning the afternoon’s feature, the $10,000 Open Jumper, presented by Ariat. Tromp, of No. Salem, N.Y., rode Casey to a perfectly clear round in 55.99 seconds, to defeat experienced competitors Kevin Babington, on Shorapur (56.52 seconds) and Shane Sweetnam, on Diktator Van De Boslandhooeve (56.65).
“I thought I could be in the top four, but I could see the other riders were really fast,” said Tromp. “So I just tried to keep an open stride around the course and tried to keep the turns tight.”
Tromp thought the key to his half-second victory was how he rode the last part of the course. “The distances [to the jumps] started showing up for me from far away, so I could really go for it, and I left out a stride to the last fence,” he said.
This class was Tromp’s first victory in the Hampton Classic’s Grand Prix Ring. “I’ve always wanted to win here,” he said. “I come here every year, because it’s one of the best shows I go to. It’s a classic—it’s the Hampton Classic.”
Since Tromp also placed third in Tuesday’s $10,000 Newsday Open Jumper class on Casey, he moved to the top of the Longines Leading Rider Challenge, with 85 points.
With two third-placed finishes on Quiet Lady, Sundius is tied for second place with Shane Sweetnam, on 70 points. Neither Tromp nor Sundius will be showing again in the open jumper division at this year’s Hampton Classic, but they’re each enjoying their brief time atop the leader board.
“I never ever dreamed I’d be in this position,” said Sundius, of Bartonville, Texas, who gained the lead after Wednesday morning’s class. “I was hoping maybe just to get a ribbon here, but to have two thirds and be the Longines leading rider—even for just a few hours—is beyond anything I could have imagined,” she said.
Goutal, who’s just off the lead with 50 points, will continue to show her jumpers at the Hampton Classic, eager to win the $30,000 prize.
“The challenge is definitely something I’d like to win. It’s an amazing bonus and a wonderful incentive, something that all of us are thinking about and hoping to win,” said Goutal. “I think that things like this add to the allure of the show.”
(PHOTO) Brianne Goutal rode Uata to victory in the $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)