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Bridgehampton, NY - September 3, 2016 - The annual Kids' Day, presented by iHeartMEDIA, was one of the most popular days at the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. Children from Long Island and all around the New York metropolitan area enjoyed unique exhibitions, games, music, educational activities and more. Photo credit: Liz Soroka Family attractions were presented throughout the week, such as the Long Island Livestock Co. with llamas, alpaca, sheep, goats and Pansy & Pigety the pigs, but Saturday featured additional activities. Children of all ages were astounded by the Bellini Family Circus and magic tricks by The Amazing Zola. The Bellini Circus also showcased workshops so that performers
Annabel Revers, 16, of Weston, MA, and Kingpin, owned by Beechwood Stables, LLC, ruled the Anne Aspinall Ring winning the Grand Junior Hunter Championship at the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. Annabel Revers and Kingpin Photo credit: The Book LLC "It's really exciting," said Revers. "I have never been to the Classic before, so it was really great to come here for the first time, have him do so well here and win." Kingpin won three classes over fences to earn the Small Junior Hunter, 15 & Under, Championship and the High Score Junior Hunter Championship. Revers thought that "Bruno," as he is affectionately called around the barn, performed so well because he liked his new surroundings at the Classic.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward edged out 17-year-old Lucy Deslauriers to win the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier, presented by Longines for the second consecutive year at the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z Win $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Deslauriers went second of the eight who reached the jump-off by riding clear over the Alan Wade-designed first-round course. She set the mark to beat with a clean jump-off ride 40.75 seconds on Hester, owned by Lisa Deslauriers and it looked like she might have the blue ribbon until Ward, going next to last, clipped off more than a second on HH Carlos Z, owned by Double
Lauren Fischer Wins $10,000 Low Junior Jumper Classic Jazz Johnson Merton of Oldwick, NJ, and Ahaveros took top honors in the $10,000 Strong's Marine Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. "It's great, really fun. I'm very happy. I have a great time every time I come here," said Johnson Merton. "He's such a good boy, he really takes care of me. This was a bit of a step up for him, but he did really well. The courses were pretty big and technical. He is such a winner. Honestly, he covers up my mistakes. He likes to win." Judy Richter, Christophe de Menil, and Shanette Barth Cohen Present Firefly Trophy to Jazz Johnson Merton and Ahaveros Photo credit: The Book, LLC The pair
Leslie Howard (USA) and Donna Speciale, owned by Laure Sudreau, went early in the field of 41 competitors from five nations, but the Darien, CT resident managed to hang on to the fastest clear round and win the $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake, the first or four FEI-recognized competitions to be featured at the 41st Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. Leslie Howard and Donna Speciale Win $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Howard was fourth in the lineup and watched as each remaining rider failed to beat her score. Howard's time of 62.81 seconds was the fastest of the eight clear rounds, but she thinks it was just good fortune. "I think it was just luck," said Howard. "I went in there for a nice day,
Equis Best Presented Horse Award at Hampton Classic Olympic veteran Peter Leone of Greenwich, CT, and Capito Z won the Equis Best Presented Horse Award, given to the best turned-out horse that is presented by its rider at the FEI horse inspection. Leone received the award at the 41st Annual Hampton Classic, just prior to the start of the first FEI-recognized competition, the $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake. L to R: Peter Leone, Alex West, Capito Z and Valerie Huckstep Photo credit: Shawn McMillen "It is a real honor that my horse, Capito Z, has been awarded the best turned-out horse," said Leone. "All the credit goes to his groom and caretaker, Valerie Huckstep. She is one of the best in the world and I am so happy for
Scott Stewart claims four championships and three reserves Jimmy Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Levland, owned by The Levland Group, captured the prestigious High Performance Hunter Championship in the Anne Aspinall Ring at the 41st annual Hampton Classic. Scott Stewart and Cameo, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, won the reserve championship. "When you talk about the High Performance division, it takes a special horse and Levland is that horse. He has so much ability. He is very scopey, he's got a big stride and he's careful with very good technique, which is what you want in a horse," said Torano. "It's nice to win. The only time I have ever been champion at the Classic was twenty plus years ago, so to be champion in
Riding Crown 5, She Wins the $10,000 Royalton Farms Open Jumper Class. Georgina Bloomberg of New York, NY, won her second open jumper class in as many days at the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Wednesday. Riding Crown 5, owned by Gotham Enterprizes, LLC, Bloomberg was the fastest of the nine clear rounds in the jump-off to take the $10,000 Royalton Farms Open Jumper 1.45m class in the Grand Prix ring. "It's a great way to start the week," said Bloomberg of her two victories. "My horse is not the fastest; he spends a lot of time in the air, so I knew I had to turn tight. I have not done too many jump-offs with him so I was pleasantly surprised." Georgina Bloomberg and Crown 5 Win $10,000 Royalton Farms Open Jumper Class
Georgina Bloomberg and Todd Minikus Top the $10,000 1.40 Jumper Classes In a five horse jump-off Shane Sweetnam of Ireland claimed victory in the $10,000 Great Southwest Equestrian Center Open Jumper 1.45 m class at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. Katie Cox was second and Beezie Madden, in her first competition since riding on the U.S.'s silver medal team at the Rio Olympic Games, was third. Shane Sweetnam and Main Road Win Great Southwest Equestrian Center Class Madden was the first to go in the jump-off riding Coach, owned by Abigail Wexner. They handled the shortened Alan Wade designed course easily, going clear in a time of 40.230 seconds. Sweetnam went next on Sweet Oak Farm's Main Road, the first of his two
Lauren Reischer Wins Grand Championship The Hampton Classic Horse Show was once again the proud host of the Championship Finals for the Long Island Horse Show Series (LIHSSRD) for Riders with Disabilities, presented by Bridgehampton National Bank. For the 11th consecutive year, the top qualifiers in three divisions competed for year-end titles with Lauren Reischer of New York, NY, winning the Grand championship. Reischer earned the Grand Championship by winning every class in the LIHSSRD Independent Finals Division. She first competed in the Finals at the Classic in 2009 and then took a break until this year. At first the 17-year-old found it difficult to describe her feelings regarding her victory, but