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Optimum® Kid's Day Popular At 38th Hampton Classic

Thousands of children enjoy the show Optimum® Kids Day proved once again to be a huge hit at the 38th Hampton Classic Horse Show. More than 1,000 children, from Long Island and all around the New York metropolitan area, enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo, wildlife exhibits and much more, just a few steps from the action in the Grand Prix Ring and in the hunter rings. In addition to the free pony rides for children under 12, activities included The Pop Ups performing on stage, the Bellini Family Circus & Friends, magic by the Amazing Zola, face painting by Ruby, air-brush tattoos by Kathy, llamas and other production animals from the Long Island Livestock Company, a birds of prey demonstration from the Wildlife

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Ward Jumps To First And Third At The Hampton Classic

He sets the mark in $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier As the first rider in the jump-off, McLain Ward, of Brewster, N.Y., set a time no one else could surpass in the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier at the 38th Annual Hampton Classic. Riding Rothchild, he stopped the timers in 38.40 seconds, and then he climaxed the jump-off by riding Zander to third place, in 39.62 seconds. In between, Richie Maloney urged Slieveanorra across the finish line in 39.07 seconds, to claim second place. None of the 13 other horses in the jump-off could finish faster than Rothchild, although seven others completed the shortened course without jumping faults. A total of 64 horses started in the FEI-sanctioned class,

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McLain Ward Ready for Second Leg of THIS Triple Crown Challenge

Triple Crown Could Be Within Reach With a Win This Sunday For the second consecutive year, two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, finds himself going into the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic with the potential of winning the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge. This unique challenge awards riders a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win three of the country's best grand prix events in the same year. The first event was the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon held on May 30. It was there that Ward won the first leg on Rothchild and now stands to take home the bonus should the pair win the remaining two events in the Challenge. The second event,

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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,

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Keenan Tops Sam Edelman Equitation Class At Hampton Classic

Defeats a field of 42 junior rider over Grand Prix Ring course. Lillie Keenan won the two-round Sam Edelman Equitation Championship, presented by The Chronicle of the Horse, at the Hampton Classic, scoring 175.5 points. Charlotte Jacobs finished second (171), and McKayla Langmeier finished third (170). Keenan, 16, was disappointed in her first-round performance, which left her in fifth place with a score of 85.5. So she put it all on the line for round 2. "I always put a lot of pressure on myself, and I definitely put way too much pressure on myself in the first round," said Keenan, of New York, N.Y. "I rode too timidly, and I worried too much about making everything too perfect. So I knew that if I was going to get the

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Ferreira Earns Grand Championship At The Hampton Classic

Children’s hunters shine on show’s third day Children’s hunters, both horses and ponies, took over the hunter rings in Tuesday’s edition of the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. Erica Ferreira, of Bridgehampton, N.Y., and His Way were named the Grand Champion Children’s Hunter after earning the Children’s Hunter Large Pony Championship. Blu Venture, ridden by Hensley Humphries of Short Hills, N.J., and Simply Magical, ridden by Stella Propp of New York, N.Y., won the championships in the two sections of the Children’s Hunter Small/Medium Pony division. Lilly, ridden by Lili Halterman of New York, N.Y., won the Children’s Hunter Horse, 14 &

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Goutal Wins $10,000 Wolffer Estate Jumper Class At The Hampton Classic

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

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Stewart And Pletcher Score Hunter Titles At Hampton Classic

Each trainer claims two tricolors Scott Stewart has ridden many horses to hunter championships at the Hampton Classic, and this year he added two more titles, riding Everly to the High Performance Hunter Championship and Showman to the Regular Conformation Hunter Championship. Everly also took the reserve championship in the Regular Conformation Hunter division. The courses are always so great here, and it’s really a ‘show’ atmosphere. It’s definitely a special occasion, and we always look forward to coming here,” said Stewart, 49, of Wellington, Fla. He said that his horses usually perform well in the Hampton Classic hunter rings, partly because he aims them specifically

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Keenan Sets The Pace In $20,000 Hampton Classic Time Challenge

Lutz and Kenny victors in other jumper classes. Lillie Keenan rode her Londinium to a narrow victory in the $20,000 Hampton Classic Time Challenge at the 38th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. Her time of 57.08 seconds barely eclipsed the time of Todd Minikus on Tuxedo, who stopped the clock in 57.51 seconds. Shane Sweetnam rode Cyklon 1083 to third place in 58.47 seconds. Keenan, 16, New York, N.Y., said she'd watched Minikus go on Tuxedo, and she knew that replicating his performance would be the key. Minikus went 10 horses before Keenan, and he held first place until Keenan beat his time. Minikus also rode two other horses to fourth and sixth places. "I knew that to be any faster, I'd have to take the same track and

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Long Island Livestock Wins Boutique Contest At Hampton Classic

Celebrity judges name it No. 1 among more than 80 boutiques         Celebrity judges Annette Lauer and Beth Stern chose the Long Island Livestock Company as their favorite boutique among the more than 80 present at the 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. "It was very organic and unique. It left everyone else in the dust," said Lauer, wife of "Today Show" host Matt Lauer. "The Long Island Livestock booth was very inviting-you just wanted to go in there and stay. And it smells so yummy inside!" said Stern, wife of radio personality Howard Stern. The Long Island Livestock Company is located in Yaphank, N.Y. Owner Tabetha Haubold-Magee offers a variety of products made from llamas and