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Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam wins $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge
The 44th edition of the Hampton Classic Horse Show ended in spectacular fashion Sunday, with two-time Canadian Olympic veteran, Mario Deslauriers, capturing the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix on his mount Bardolina.
Canada's Mario Deslauriers and Bardolina won the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix CSI4* to close out the 44th Hampton Classic Horse Show. © Shawn McMillen
An annual tradition signaling the end of summer and the famed Hamptons social season, the Classic hosts every level of horse and rider from the smallest lead-line competitor up to World Cup, World and Olympic champions.
Stephanie Danhakl gave it her best shot but couldn’t quite repeat her clean sweep of the top three places in the $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic from 2018. She had to settle for first, second and sixth instead, in the final hunter competition at the 44th edition of the Hampton Classic horse show.
Bronte Gray-Rochon of Toronto, Canada, rode Williamstown Guidam to the win in the $25,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Show Jumping Derby Sunday morning at the Hampton Classic, on the final day of competition of this year’s horse show. The class was open to Amateur-Owner and Junior riders who had competed in the Welcome Stake earlier in the week.
Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam captured the $72,000 LONGINES Cup for the third consecutive year, piloting Kirschwasser SCF to the top of the jump-off. American riders Catherine Tyree and Adrienne Sternlicht came within hundredths of a second but were not able to beat his time.
Following two rounds of competition Saturday, sixteen-year-old Ava Ellis of Annapolis, MD, came out on top in the $10,000 Equitation Championship presented by Palm Beach International Academy.
Kids’ Day presented by News 12 Long Island returned to the Hampton Classic Saturday featuring special activities to educate, entertain and delight kids of all ages. Always one of the most popular days for families at the Classic, children under 12 from Long Island and all around the New York metropolitan area enjoyed free admission, complimentary pony rides, a special gift of coloring pencils from News 12 Long Island, as well as animals, games, music, MAGIC and a ‘horseless horse show’ in support of JustWorld.
Twenty-year-old sensation Lucy Deslauriers rode her longtime partner, Hester, to top honors in Friday’s $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier CSI4* Presented by LONGINES at the Hampton Classic.
Activity in the jumper rings picked up speed Friday morning at the Hampton Classic, with qualifying classes taking place for those hoping to move forward to the weekend’s finals, and championships being awarded in divisions having taken place throughout the week.
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.
The Hampton Classic represents the culmination of the outdoor season for many show hunters in America. Top hunters are crowned and now begin their preparations for the indoor fall events.