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Hampton Classic Increases Prize Money and Adds Fourth FEI Class

Bridgehampton, NY – April 28, 2016 – The Hampton Classic Horse Show, returning to its pristine Bridgehampton, NY, venue on August 28-September 4, is upping the ante in its Open Jumper division for this year’s 41st annual edition. The Classic is adding an Open Jumper class to its Opening Day schedule, adding a fourth FEI class, and increasing prize money in its three featured Grand Prix events, in addition to bringing in world-renown Course Designer Alan Wade.

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Polle Flies to Victory in $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, Presented by Longines

On With Wings, the Japanese rider defeats three jump-off rivals.

Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2015 - Karen Polle said that being the fourth and final rider in the jump-off of the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, Presented by Longines, wasn't the advantageous position it usually is--because none of the three riders before her had finished faultlessly. The grand prix provided an exciting climax to the 40th Annual Hampton Classic. 

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Colvin Rides To Four Top Ribbons in Hampton Classic's Hermes Hunter Classic

Way Cool emphatically scores the top prize. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug.30. 2015 - There hasn't been much at the 40th Annual Hampton Classic that Victoria Colvin hasn't won. She rode more than a dozen horses in the show, and on the last day she added first, second, fourth and fifth places in the $10,000 Hermes Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic to her long list of accomplishments. The Hermes Hunter Classic was the show's final hunter class. She took the blue ribbon with Way Cool, the red Ribbon with Small Affair, the white ribbon with Ovation and the pink ribbon with Canadian Blue. Way Cool, a chestnut gelding, was the unquestionable winner of the Hermes Hunter Classic, scoring 92 points in the first round and then

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Deslauriers Speeds to Top of $25,000 Campbell Stables Show Jumping Derby at the Hampton Classic

With Hester, the local junior rider records the fastest time. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2015 - Lucy Deslauriers, of Southampton, N.Y., defeated three rivals to win the jump-off of the $25,000 Campbell Stables Show Jumping Derby. Her faultless round, in 39.66 seconds, bested Kaely Tomeu on Fidalgo Van Het Leliehof (0 faults/41.44 seconds) and Philip Richter on Pistoya (4 faults/39.06 seconds). Victory in the Show Jumping Derby was meaningful for Deslauriers, 16, and not only because she lives close by. In addition, her mother, Lisa, is the chairperson the Hampton Classic Board of Directors, and her father, Mario, has ridden on Olympic show jumping teams for Canada and the United States. "This definitely

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Colvin Smoothly Notches $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship at the Hampton Classic

After twice finishing second in this class, she reaches the top. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2015 - Victoria Colvin will always be able to say that, at the 40th Annual Hampton Classic, she won top ribbons in hunters, jumpers and equitation. On Sunday she won then $50,000 iHeart Media Hunter Derby, on Friday she won $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake and then won two Junior Hunter championships-and on Saturday she won the $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship. Colvin's two-round score of 185 points defeated T.J. O'Mara (170) and Emily Perez (165). Colvin had finished second in the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship in 2012 and 2014. Colvin completed the first round in second place, scoring

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O'Shea Crosses The Line In Time To Win $40,000 Longines Cup at the Hampton Classic

With Skara Glen's Dolphin, the Irish rider makes a comeback to score. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2015 - Paul O'Shea of Ireland recovered from what seemed a devastating crash in Friday's grand prix to win the $40,000 Longines Cup on Skara Glen's Dolphin on Saturday. His faultless jump-off round, in 41.52 seconds, handily eclipsed Hayley Barnhill on Zephire (O faults/42.51 seconds) and Molly Ashe-Cawley on Cocq A Doodle (0 faults/43.86 seconds). O'Shea was the final starter, riding Skara Glen's Dolphin, a 10-year-old stallion. During Friday's $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier, O'Shea fell with Skara Glen's Sienna and was eliminated. But O'Shea, an international competitor who has lived in

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Optimum® Kids Day Draws Big Crowd At 40th Annual Hampton Classic

Thousands of children enjoy animals and many more activities. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2015 - Optimum® Kids Day was a huge hit once again at the 40th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. More than 2,000 children, from Long Island and all around the New York metropolitan area, enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo, musical entertainment and dancing, magic acts and more. All this, 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 dancing and singing on stage with Jarell Entertainment, the Bellini Family Circus & Friends, magic by the Amazing Zola, face painting by Ruby, face painting and airbrush tattoos

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Colvin Earns Junior Hunter High-Score Award at 40th Hampton Classic

Way Cool wins the award for the fourth consecutive year. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2015 ­­- Victoria Colvin rode Dr. Betsee Parker's Way Cool to win the Large Junior Working Hunter High-Score Award for the fourth year in a row-scoring a 98 to win one class-on the way to the Large Junior Working Hunter, 16-17, Championship and the Grand Junior Hunter Championship. As the Large Junior Hunter High-Score winner, Way Cool won the Deanne Vallier Dominguez Memorial Trophy. Colvin, of Loxahatchee, Fla., also won the Small Junior Hunter, 16-17, Championship with Ovation and the Reserve Championship with Canadian Blue. Dr. Betsee Parker, of Middleburg, Va., owns both horses. Emily Perez, of Pittsburg,

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Ward Wins $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier At Hampton Classic

HH Azur makes a turn that puts him in front. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 28, 2015 -- McLain Ward could not be denied victory in the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier at the 40th Annual Hampton Classic. As the seventh of 10 riders in the jump-off, Ward and HH Azur made a tight turn to the third fence that no one before him had attempted, slicing the leading time by more than 2 seconds. Ward's time (39.88 seconds) even withstood the challenge of lightning-fast Irishman Shane Sweetnam, who, riding right after Ward, made the same turn on Chaqui Z but didn't keep his foot on the gas peddle and settled for second (41.26 seconds). Ward and Sweetnam had to make that short turn because Daniel Bluman of Colombia, who rode

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McArdle Notches $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby at Hampton Classic

With Cosma 20, she wins her second class at this year's show. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 28, 2015 -- Abigail McArdle rode Cosma 20 speedily around the Grand Prix Ring to win the $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby at the 40th Hampton Classic. The pair also won the $10,000 Shamrock Ventures Open Jumper on Tuesday. McArdle's time (69.62 seconds) easily bested Sydney Shulman on Wamira (72.27) and McLain Ward on Azibantos (74.05 seconds). McArdle, 21, of Wellington, Fla., said that she intended to win the moment she and her chestnut mare stepped into the ring. "You have to go out there and go for it, and I went for it. There were a lot of fast riders in there," she said. McArdle was especially confident because Cosma 20 is a specialist