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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
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
Their presentation wins the Equis award at FEI jog. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 28, 2015 - Cesar Hirsch wants the horse inspection required at all FEI-recognized show jumping competitions to be a big deal, so this year his Equis equestrian boutique began sponsoring an award for the Best Turned-Out Horse and Presenter. Canadian rider Chris Sorensen, with Wriomf, was named the winner of the first Equis Best Turned-Out Horse and Presenter Award given at the Hampton Classic. Sorensen received his award from Irma Rubesa, general manager of Equis, during a ceremony on Friday at the 40th Annual Hampton Classic, just prior to the start of the first FEI-recognized competition, the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix
Irish rider victorious for second consecutive day. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 27, 2015 -- Shane Sweetnam of Ireland notched his second straight open jumper class at the 40th annual Hampton Classic, stopping the jump-off timer in 33.90 seconds to win the $10,000 Bright Side Farm Jumper Class. On Eregast Van't Kiezelhof, Sweetnam, 34, just edged Peter Leone on Wayfarer (34.46 seconds) and Molly Ashe-Cawley on Balous Day Date (35.20 seconds). On Wednesday, Sweetnam rode Venturo 9 to victory in the $10,000 Marders Open Jumper. The 100 points he earned from these two victories have given him a commanding lead of 204 points to 113 points over Wilton Porter of Bartonville, Texas, in the $30,000 Longines Leading Rider
The California teenager urges Zorro to the tricolor. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 27, 2015 -- Emma Waldfogel of Palo Alto, Calif., made her first trip to the Hampton Classic a memorable and rewarding one by winning the $5,000 Strong's Marine Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship, on her own Zorro. "The Hampton Classic has always been a show that I've wanted to come to, so I'm really glad that I'm here," said Waldfogel, 19, who brought Zorro, two hunters and her equitation horse. "I always thought that it looks beautiful, and the competition is really hard. It just seemed like a fun show to come to, and I've loved it so far." Waldfogel is finishing up a gap year devoted to riding,
He claims two championships and three reserves. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 26, 2015 -- As has been true for the last several years, Scott Stewart was the man to beat in the Anne Aspinall Ring, home of the hunters at the 40th annual Hampton Classic. Horses he rode or trained won two championships and three reserve championships. The 2015 Hampton Classic professional hunter champions were: Huntland First Year Green: champion-Mirror Image/Amanda Steege; reserve-Catch Me/Scott Stewart. Second Year Green: champion-Zaretina/Jamie Taylor; reserve: Casimir/Jennifer Bauersachs. Green Conformation: champion-Wisdom/Amanda Derbyshire; reserve-First Light/Scott Stewart. High Performance Hunter: champion-Cleaveland/Jennifer
Aboard Venturo 9, he wins $10,000 Marders Open Jumper class. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 26, 2015 -- Shane Sweetnam became the third Irish rider to win a class in the Grand Prix Ring at the 40th annual Hampton Classic when he urged Venturo 9 to victory in the $10,000 Marders Open Jumper on Wednesday afternoon. Sweetnam's jump-off time of 41.01 seconds was just enough to hold off Amanda Derbyshire of Great Britain on Lady Maria Bh (41.65) and Richie Moloney of Ireland on Ypaja Yando (42.16). Derbyshire also claimed fourth on Cannavaro Bh (42.95), while Sweetnam took fifth on Eregast Van't Kiezelhof (43.62). In this class, riders with faultless first rounds went directly into their jump-off rounds, without leaving
Young Irish rider scores for first time in the Grand Prix Ring. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 25, 2015 - Lorcan Gallagher of Ireland rode Esquina Van Klapscheut to an unbeatable jump-off time that claimed the $20,000 Royalton Farms Jumper Challenge on the first afternoon of show jumping at the 40th annual Hampton Classic. Gallagher's time of 32.07 seconds was more than a second faster than Todd Minikus on Paratrooper (33.13 seconds) and Wilton Porter on Patriot (33.87 seconds). Minikus, a U.S. team veteran, had ridden just before Gallagher in the 12-horse jump-off, and he'd set a mark that looked hard to beat. But Gallagher, riding at the Hampton Classic for the third year in a row since moving from Ireland, decided
Their orange Citroen stands out among the crowd. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 25, 2015 -- With its orange vintage Citroen truck blazing the way, the French shoemaker Galet was named the outstanding boutique among the more than 70 boutiques on display at the 40th annual Hampton Classic. "The Citroen is very French and very iconic. We're a French shoe brand, and we do very iconic shoes, so we thought this truck was a great way to represent us here in the United States, " said Jonathan Horemans, one of the company's owners. Horemans and his partners founded Galet in early 2014, and this is their second appearance at the Hampton Classic. Citroen first made these panel trucks in the '50s and kept them almost unchanged for 30
A high school senior and a schoolteacher share the biggest local award. Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 24, 2015—Chloe Hase, 17, a senior at Southampton High School, and Sue Marder-O’Connor, 65, a teacher at the nearby Springs School, finished in a tie for the South Fork Perpetual Trophy, awarded to the Grand Local Hunter Champion at the 40th annual Hampton Classic. Hase rode Brando, 18, to the Local Junior Hunter, Sec. B, title on her way to the grand championship. Marder-O’Connor rode Tour Guide, 18,to the L.I. Pulse Local Amateur-Owner Championship on her way to the grand championship. “We’ve grown so much in the last few years, and we’ve become so in sync with each other.