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Riders With Disabilities Earn Championships At 40th Annual Hampton Classic

Riders in three divisions display their skills.

Bridgehampton, NY, Aug. 24, 2015- For the 10th consecutive year, the Hampton Classic hosted the championship finals for the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities on Monday, with riders in three divisions competing for year-end titles.

The 40th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs Aug. 23-30, in Bridgehampton, N.Y. The Hampton Classic features world-class equestrian competition, with more than 100 classes of competition including jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

Bridgehampton National Bank sponsored the day of competition for riders with disabilities, and James Manseau, the bank's executive vice president, handed out the ribbons and trophies. Hermes provided commemorative coolers to the champions, and Priscilla Smith-Gremillion presented them.

Prior to the start of competition, the riders and their families and friends enjoyed a breakfast in a ringside chalet. There, international jumper riders McLain Ward and Quentin Judge presented the LIHSSRD high-point ribbons to the riders.

USEF-licensed judge Gary Duffy awarded the following championships:

LIHSSRD Walk-Trot Equitation Academy Class-Lauren Fisher of New York City, riding Just Keep Swimming. Todd Pritscher of Yaphank, N.Y., riding White Diamond, won the reserve championship.

LIHSSRD Walk Equitation Academy Class-Emily McGowan of Melville, N.Y., riding Bella Ragazza. Bonnie Bokser of Farmingdale, N.Y., riding Knight In Shining Armor, and Joshua Gootnick of Jericho, N.Y., riding Down Town Man, tied for the reserve championship.

LIHSSRD Walk With Aids Academy Class-Isaiah Forte of West Hempstead, N.Y., riding White Diamond. Justine Wallace of Dix Hills, N.Y., won the reserve championship on Knight In Shining Armor.

LIHSSRD classes are held at five USEF-recognized competitions throughout Long Island each year and are open to all junior and adult riders with a documented disability. Riders compete for points at each show to qualify for the Series Finals at the Hampton Classic. Ten riders in each divisionare invited to compete each year at the Hampton Classic.

The series, founded by Katie McGowan of HorseAbility, Inc., was created to provide riders with disabilities the same competitive experience that other equestrians enjoy. Riders are judged on equitation, as well as demonstration and knowledge of riding skills.

"We're proud to highlight these championships as part of the Hampton Classic schedule," said Shanette Barth Cohen, the Hampton Classic executive director. "The Championships are the culmination of the LIHSSRD's eight-show series, and what better place to host the grand finale than here at the Classic?"