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American Catherine Tyree takes second and third in field of 57.

Five years ago, Collin was bound for slaughter in Belgium – purchased for the price of meat – when Brazilian rider Luiz Francisco de Azevedo got a call to try and “do something with this crazy horse.” Thursday at the Hampton Classic, de Azevedo put his trust in Collin and they came away with the win in the $40,000 FEI Speed Stake.


Luiz Francisco de Azevedo of Brazil won the $40,000 FEI Speed Stake CSI4* at the Hampton Classic Thursday. Pictured here on his second mount My Way, receiving the award from Lisa Deslauriers (L). © Shawn McMillen

“I was really lucky to go late in the order, right after Catherine Tyree went on her second horse,” said de Azevedo. “I was watching the end of her trip, and she did seven strides to the last jump and it was really tight for her. At that moment I knew I was going to take the risk and try for six strides. I have to say thanks to my horse, he’s so brave and he’s a real fighter. Not all horses would do that. I know we could try the six strides. I can trust him and I know he will be there on the other side.

“We bought Collin five years ago as a seven-year-old. He was going to the slaughter in Belgium. A friend of mine bought him for the price of meat and he was crazy to ride, really difficult. This friend was close to me and my family, and he asked me to try and make something of him. Two weeks after that we had our first international show together. He’s still crazy, not dangerous, but crazy.”


Brazil's Luiz Francisco de Azevedo and rescued horse Collin, winners of the $40,000 FEI Speed Stake CSI4* at the Hampton Classic. © Shawn McMillen


Catherine Tyree and BEC Lorenzo, second place finishers in the $40,000 FEI Speed Stake CSI4* at the Hampton Classic. © Shawn McMillen

American Catherine Tyree also had the luxury of going late in the order with her second-placed horse BEC Lorenzo, after going early in the order with her third-placed horse Catungee. The pair of greys stopped the clock in 66.39 seconds and 66.76 seconds respectively.


Brianne Goutal-Marteau won the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters FEI Power & Speed at the Hampton Classic. Kathy Russell of the Palm Beach Masters made the presentation.
© Shawn McMillen

Earlier in the morning, the FEI division kicked off with the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Power & Speed class which had been rescheduled from Wednesday afternoon.

Brianne Goutal-Marteau and Zernike K successfully executed the ‘power’ portion of the test which allowed her to progress to the ‘speed’ section, where they stopped the clock in 29.01 seconds to clinch the top spot. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam took second with Kirschwasser SCF in a time of 29.70 seconds and Hardin Towell took third with Tupac van de Vrombautshoeve Z in a time of 30.25 seconds.

Goutal-Marteau explained that while some horses may struggle with adjustments in their schedule or in the format of the class, her mount had little trouble adjusting to the task at hand.

“He’s just like a little dirtbike, he’s really fun to ride,” laughed Goutal-Marteau. “He’s a horse that’s very versatile, he’s not one that struggles with changes or last-minute adjustments. He just goes into the ring and it doesn’t matter when it is or what you put him in. He’s a veteran here at the Hampton Classic. He competed here as a younger horse with me, and recently with my student and his current owner, Lilli Hymowitz.”

The class Thursday morning was the first on the newly-renovated Grand Prix field following Wednesday’s rain delay and Goutal-Marteau raved about how the footing held up exceptionally well.

“I jumped on Sunday in the first big class and the ground felt amazing - we turned and burned and were able to go very fast. Yesterday I watched a video on the Hampton Classic’s Instagram account of the amount of water the new drainage system was pulling off this field, after inches of rain, and today you would barely know it. You hear it a tiny bit as you’re on course that it’s a little wet, but you can still go fast, you can turn and nobody’s slipping. After more than 50 horses in this class there’s barely a mark on the field.”
Thursday in the Jumper Annex ring, Dylann Ephraimson won the $1,000 Citarella Adult Amateur 1.10m jumper class. Epharimson rode Kellswater Emisson owned by Karen Ephraimson. Kathryn Currey was second with A Lil Evil and Britta Stoeckle was third with Jimy.

In the Anne Aspinall Hunter Ring, Laurie Barna rode Hundred Acre to the win in the $2,500 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic sponsored by Firefly Farm. The pair received the Robert Hoskins Perpetual Trophy. Second place went to Encore, ridden by Meghan Knapic.

Update on the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge:

Adrienne Sternlicht maintains her lead in the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge following Thursday’s competition with 200 points. Ireland’s Richie Moloney is hot on her heels with 175 points and Molly Ashe-Cawley is third with 115 points. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam, last year’s winner, currently sits in fourth position with 115 points. The Challenge continues through Sunday when the leading rider will receive a check for $30,000 and a new LONGINES timepiece.

Friday’s jumper action includes the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake, the SHF Enterprises Championships for 7 & Under jumpers followed by the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier.

Hunters continue with the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owners, The Competitive Equestrian Small Junior Hunters, the Snaks Fifth Avenchew Small Pony Hunters and more.