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Richter Claims Amateur-Owner Jumper Title At 38th Annual Hampton Classic

With Firefly, he scores a three-peat

For the third consecutive year, Phillip Richter rode his Firefly to the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship after winning the $5,000 Strong's Marine Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the Hampton Classic. Richter's jump-off time of 37.38 seconds easily defeated the time of 38.22 seconds Tracey Weinberg posted on Linda Z.

Danielle Cooper rode Vegas Du Houssoit to third place (40.33).

Richter, 43, has ridden at the Hampton Classic since its earliest days and won a pony hunter championship here in 1983. His godmother, Christophe de Meniel, was one of the show's founders, and now he's on the Hampton Classic Board of Directors.

"So, obviously, this show is very special to me, a part of my life. And Firefly loves this horse show too," said Richter.

Richter co-founded the investment firm Hollow Brook Wealth Management in 2001, and since Firefly is stabled at mother Judy Richter's Coker Farm in Bedford, N.Y., and his office is in Manhattan, Phillip doesn't get much chance to ride. He said that he hadn't ridden Firefly since winning the championship at the Lake Placid Horse Show in July, and he credits grand prix rider Norman Dello Joio with working Firefly, now 17, between shows.

"I know how to jump, and Firefly knows how to jump, so it's just a matter of keeping him fit and ready. He'll do whatever I ask of him," said Richter. "I'd rather win once at a show like this than win championships at another eight shows. This show is the peak of the year for me, every year."

The Hampton Classic is also a special show to Cloe Hymowitz, who won the Junior Jumper Championship, because she lives in Bridgehampton. Hymowitz, 17, earned the championship after winning the $5,000 Entrust Junior Jumper Classic on Bon Vivant.

Hymowitz In has been showing at the Hampton Classic since she was 3 years old, and in 2011 she won the Local Non-Pro Hunter Championship.

Hymowitz rode Bon Vivant to a clear jump-off round in 34.74 seconds to defeat Brianne Link on two horses-E-Bay (36.21 seconds) and Zycarla Z (37.05 seconds). Link, 15, lives in East Islip, N.Y.

"He's an amazing horse-he loves to go really fast and jump," said Hymowitz. "I knew I had a chance in the classic. I knew I had to just let go of the reins, and he'd do the rest for me."

(PHOTO) Firefly and Phillip Richter won the $5,000 Strong's Marine Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)