Hunter Champions Crowned at the Hampton Classic
Thanks to their consistent performances in four-over fences classes and an under-saddle class spread over two very intense days at the Hampton Classic, Emma Krutz from Hudson, OH, was rewarded with the title of Large Junior Hunter 16/17 Champion. Krutz accomplished the prestigious goal riding Holly Orlando's Stellar.
Emma Krutz with Stellar. © Shawn McMillen Photography
"Stellar really shone over fences," said Krutz. "She jumps beautifully from any distance, and she is so pretty going around. She always has such a cute expression, she's happy at her job. I always look forward to coming here. Our preparation really depends on the horse, some of them come out here and they are terrified of the grass because it is really impressive out there, but she walked in there today and it was absolutely perfect. She is very brave. This is my best finish with her, it's such a prestigious horse show to win at. Usually you can tell after the first day how it's going and since she went beautifully yesterday I felt quite confident."
Reserve Champion was Annabel Revers from Weston, MA with MTM Hands Down owned by Beechwood Stables LLC.
Krutz and Revers were also named the Small Junior Hunter 16-17 Champion and Reserve Champion respectively, riding Akinda (owned by Hillside Farm LLC) and Kingpin (owned by Beechwood Stables LLC).
Emma Krutz and Akinda. © The Book LLC.
The Large Junior Hunter 15 & Under Champion title went to Sophie Gochman from Palm Beach, FL, riding Garfield (owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC), while Ava Stearns from Chilmark, MA on Cartello Z owned by Caroline Lloyd was Reserve Champion for this division.
The Small Junior Hunter 15 & Under Division Champion and Reserve Champion titles went to the Gochman sisters with Sophie hitting the best score with Garfield and Mimi right behind her with Evermore, with both horses belonging to Gochman Sport Horse LLC.
Sophie Gochman and Garfield. © The Book LLC.
Saturday, September 2 is Kids Day at the Classic and will feature activities for the entire family from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Children under 12 are admitted free and receive a free pony ride and an insulated snack pack from Boar's Head Brand. The Grand Prix ring will host the $10,000 Great Southwest Equestrian Center Equitation Championship beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the $15,000 Carolex Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic followed by the big event of the day, the $50,000 Longines Cup at 2:00 p.m.
Hunters will continue in the Anne Aspinall ring with Championships being awarded in the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner 36+ division, the GiGi New York Amateur-Owner 18-35 division.
Running through September 3, the Classic features over 200 classes in six beautifully manicured show rings; a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors for shopping, and a wide selection of dining options on the world-class 60-acre showground.
The Hampton Classic is one of the most spectacular equestrian events in the nation and showcases the highest levels of hunter-jumper competition. The world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the nation and world.
For those who can't make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet. Most of the Classic's other classes are also available on ShowNet.biz. 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.
For complete horse show results and more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.