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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

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Sorensen and Wriomf Chosen Best Turned-Out Pair at 40th Annual Hampton Classic

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

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Sweetnam Tops $10,000 Bright Side Farm Jumper Class at Hampton Classic

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

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Waldfogel Flies to Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at Hampton Classic

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,

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Stewart Tough To Beat In The Hampton Classic Hunter Ring

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

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Sweetnam Continues Irish Winning Streak At Hampton Classic

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