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Thanks to their consistent performances in four-over fences classes and an under-saddle class spread over two very intense days at the Hampton Classic, Emma Krutz from Hudson, OH, was rewarded with the title of Large Junior Hunter 16/17 Champion. Krutz accomplished the prestigious goal riding Holly Orlando's Stellar. Emma Krutz with Stellar. © Shawn McMillen Photography "Stellar really shone over fences," said Krutz. "She jumps beautifully from any distance, and she is so pretty going around. She always has such a cute expression, she's happy at her job. I always look forward to coming here. Our preparation really depends on the horse, some of them come out here and they are terrified of the grass because
Activity in the jumper rings ramped up Friday at the Hampton Classic, with qualifying classes taking place for those hoping to move forward to the weekend, and championships being awarded in divisions taking place throughout the week. This year's Longines FEI World Cup Final winner, and current number two ranked rider in the world, McLain Ward, of Brewster, NY, took top honours in the $15,000 LeSportsac Speed Derby Friday morning at the Hampton Classic. McLain Ward and Bellefleur PS Z won the $15,000 LeSportsac Speed Derby at the Hampton Classic. © Shawn McMillen Photography. Riding the cat-like eight-year-old gray mare, Bellefleur PS Z, Ward bested the competition, and the course, to come out on top
Ever the pragmatist, Daniel Bluman stuck right to his plan Thursday afternoon, capturing top spot in the $40,000 SOVARO® FEI Speed Stake at the 42nd Hampton Classic Horse Show with Bacara d'Archonfosse. Bacara, a 10-year-old bay mare, is owned by Bluman, Will Schwitzer and Kim Douglas. Representing Israel, Bluman had the luxury of a late draw starting 46th out of a field of 57, over the sprawling course designed by Alan Wade of Tipperary, Ireland. Daniel Bluman (ISR) and Bacara d'Archonfosse took the $40,000 SOVARO FEI Speed Stake at the Hampton Classic. © Shawn McMillen Photography Five other riders, including Britain's Amanda Derbyshire and four Americans, posted faster times over the course
Scott Stewart has a long history of success at the Hampton Classic, and Wednesday saw another row of champion rosettes added to his collection. Victorious in four major divisions just as he was in 2016, Stewart has every reason to look forward to attending the Hampton Classic each August. Stewart won the championship in the High Performance Hunter 3'9" division with Lucador, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker. Reserve went to Koala, ridden by Victoria Colvin and owned by John & Stephanie Ingram. Scott Stewart piloted Dr. Betsee Parker's Lucador to the championship in the High Performance Hunter 3'9" division at the Hampton Classic. © Shawn McMillen Photography Following the presentation ceremony, Stewart
Matthew Metell may have been away from the Hampton Classic for the past two years, but he made himself right at home Tuesday morning in the grand prix ring, taking the win in the $10,000 Jaguar Open Jumper class with his grey mare, Donchalant, over the course designed by Alan Wade of Tipperary, Ireland. Metell, and runner up McLain Ward with Bellefleur PS Z, were the only pairs to break the 50-second mark from over 60 entries, which comprised the "A" section of the large 1.40m open jumper class. Metell clocked in at 48.962 seconds, and Ward ever so slightly behind at 49.418 seconds. Both managed to execute a sharp inside turn on course, shaving valuable seconds off their time between the American Express vertical en
The Hampton Classic showcases beauty not only in the show rings, but across all areas of the spectacular 60-acre show grounds. Of course this includes the luxurious Boutique Garden and Stable Row, featuring more than 80 vendors. This year's awards for best boutique have been handed out, and the blue ribbon goes to Sovaro, makers of luxury coolers and barware. Drawing inspiration from the worlds of international fashion and state-of-the-art technology, Sovaro embodies sleek, elegant aesthetics and thoughtful, intuitive design. Katie Nisbet, Director of Marketing for Sovaro, was on hand to receive the ribbon from judges Roxanne Mosleh, interior designer; and Pamela Levine, a clothing designer and commercial
Animal Adoption Day celebrated its seventh year at the Hampton Classic Monday, with rescue dogs, cats and horses from a variety of animal rescues and shelters on Long Island and beyond. Participating rescues for small animals were Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Last Chance Animal Rescue, Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue, Happy Tails Dog Rescue, Second Chance Rescue, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation and Tails of Courage. Katie McEntee, Director of Adoptions at the Southampton Animal Foundation, was here both as a shelter, and as a sponsor of the Hampton Classic. "Being part of Animal Adoption Day at the Classic is such an important part of our local outreach. It really helps us showcase our shelter dogs
Most riders would blanch at the thought of getting on a new horse, that they have never met, just minutes before entering the competition ring at the Hampton Classic, one of the world's most prestigious equestrian events. Not Tyler Armak, just 15 years old, from Long Beach, NY. Armak arrived at the Hampton Classic Monday morning as defending Champion in the Independent Equitation division of the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities (LIHSSRD), to find out his own horse had fallen ill and he would have to ride a replacement horse named Favola. Fortunately, the pair clicked and as a result, Armak is now the 2017 Champion as well. L-R Phillip DeVita; Paris Winston, Hermes; Priscilla Smith-Gremilion,
Riders who brought their "A" Game to Sunday's Opening Day at the 42nd Hampton Classic were rewarded financially, with all fifteen fault-free rounds finishing in the money in the $30,000 Boar's Head Jumper Challenge presented by Dan's Papers. Topping the leaderboard of the 60 starters in the one-round, 1.40 meter speed class was Great Britain's Amanda Derbyshire with Lady Maria BH, an 11-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC, who has been Derbyshire's partner for just two years. The pair shaved seconds off their time by leaving out strides to finish in a time of 58.467 seconds. Amanda Derbyshire and Lady Maria BH won Sunday's $30,000 Boar's Head Jumper Challenge presented by Dan's Papers.
Sunday August 27 was opening day of the 42nd Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the most spectacular hunter-jumper equestrian events in the nation, showcasing the highest levels of the sport. The world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the world. Opening day at the Classic is always reserved for Long Island's very own equestrian community. 'Local Day' is open exclusively to horses who are stabled in Nassau or Suffolk County for at least 75 days since January of the calendar year, and hosts hunter divisions for amateurs and professionals alike. Bridgehampton's own Laura Bowery won the $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby with Catrine Golia's Royal Expectation. "I've ridden