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Jazz Johnson Merton Takes Top Honors in $10,000 Strong's Marine Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic at Hampton Classic Horse Show

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

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Leslie Howard Races to the Top in $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake at Hampton Classic

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,

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Peter Leone and Capito Z Win

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

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Kylie Schoelen and Phoebe Topping Take Top Honors in $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Classics at Hampton Classic

Schoelen won the 15-17 division riding Capone Z and Topping captured the blue ribbon in the 14 & Under division on Perfektionist, owned by Tracey Topping   Kylie Schoelen and Capone Z Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Schoelen, of Toms River, NJ, received an 82 in the first round and an 89 in the second to secure her victory in the 15-17 division. The second round score caught her by surprise. "I was amazed. I never received a score that high before," said Schoelen. "I started out in third after the first round and I ended up winning. It feels great." Schoelen has only had her 8-year-old Zangersheide for two years, but she has really enjoyed the experience. "My horse is so awesome. I have had so much fun with him. He

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Jimmy Torano and Levland Capture High Performance Championship at Hampton Classic Horse Show

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

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Georgina Bloomberg Wins Again at the Hampton Classic

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

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Shane Sweetnam Wins $10,000 Great Southwest Equestrian Center Jumper Class at Hampton Classic

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

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Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities Champions Crowned at 41st Annual Hampton Classic

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

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ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day Featured at Hampton Classic Horse Show

Day of education highlights animals available for adoption ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day celebrated its sixth year at the 41st annual Hampton Classic offering several types of animals for adoption. In addition to horses, dogs and cats, this year for the first time the Day included various breeds of rabbits that were rescued in a joint effort between the ASPCA and NYPD. ASPCA Ambassador Georgina Bloomberg and friend Photo credit: Geoff Tischman Valerie Angeli, ASPCA senior director of equine and special projects, and Jill Rappaport, TV host and animal-welfare advocate, welcomed area horse rescues that took part in a presentation in the Anne Aspinall Ring. Those participating included: Our Farm Equine

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McLain Ward Wins $30,000 Boar's Head Open Jumper Challenge, presented by Dan's Papers, at the Hampton Classic Horse Show

McLain Ward sped to the top in the $30,000 Boar's Head Open Jumper Challenge, presented by Dan's Papers, on opening day at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. The win marked the four-time Olympic veteran's first competition since leading the US team to a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games. Ward's 2004 gold medal Olympic teammate Peter Wylde was second and Shane Sweetnam of Ireland was third. Ward of Brewster, NY, riding Tina La Boheme, bested a field of 39 by going clear in the fastest time of 59.048 seconds on the Michel Vaillancourt designed course in the beautifully manicured Grand Prix ring. Sweetnam, winner of last year's Longines Rider Challenge as the horse show's leading open jumper rider, went fourth and