Lucy Deslauriers :: The Hampton Classic


Lucy Deslauriers

Home: Brewster, NY
Born: 1999

The daughter of famed international grand prix riders Mario Deslauriers and Lisa Tarnopol Deslauriers, Lucy is an extremely talented rider in her own right. She is carrying on the family’s legacy in show jumping, and has accrued many victories against some of the world’s best competitors – including her father – even as a junior rider.

Lucy’s accomplishments include winning her first national title just a month after her 13th birthday when she beat over 180 competitors in the 2012 USEF Pony Finals. Later that year, she added a win in the Washington International Pony Equitation Finals, making her the first, and still only, rider to win both these Finals in the same year.

Moving up to a higher division, she found her perfect match with Hester, and the partnership has helped Lucy earn a place as one of the most successful junior riders in show jumping history. In 2014, Lucy and Hester won the individual Silver Medal at the FEI North American Junior/Young Rider Championships. The pair achieved six top-ten placings at the Hampton Classic, including third place in the $25,000 Marders Show Jumping Derby. Lucy was awarded the Classic’s Show Jumping Hall of Fame Style of Riding Award.

In 2015, Lucy claimed international victory with Hester against a field of elite riders, including her father Mario, in the FEI Welcome Qualifier at Bromont, Quebec, the first time she ever beat her father in competition! Lucy and Hester then captured a junior rider’s ‘Grand Slam’. They won individual Gold and team Silver Medals at the FEI North American Junior/Young Riders Championships, individual and team Gold at the USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, and individual Gold at the USEF Under-25 National Championships, as well as the Reserve Championship in the ASPCA Maclay National Equitation Championship.

Lucy’s 2016 season got off to a great start when she was awarded the 2016 Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy by the United States Equestrian Team (USET) “as a young rider in one of the Olympic disciplines who exemplifies both sportsmanship and horsemanship.”

“It’s a huge honor that I wasn’t expecting,” said Lucy. “I’ve received this thanks to the incredible team I have behind me and my group of horses. I’m very thankful that I’ve been recognized and have received this honor.”

Her winning ways resumed at WEF, claiming the $10,000 Artisan Farms Under 25 Welcome class aboard “Hester.” She continued to earn top placings in the Under 25 classes across the nation and even in Paris, where she took home a sixth and eighth place. She had an incredibly successful trip to Canada, winning two classes and finishing in the top-five in four others at the Spruce Meadows CSI5*, followed by two victories at the Bromont CSI3*-W.

At the Hampton Classic, she took second place in the Equitation Championship with “Class Action.” In the $30,000 Boar’s Head Open Jumper Challenge, she took sixth and eighth places aboard “Hester” and “Hamlet” respectively. She and “Hester” then placed tenth place in the $40,000 Sovaro Speed Stake as well as second place behind two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward in the hotly contested $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier.

Lucy and her trusty “Hester” proved to be a tough contender in the international classes at the American Gold Cup, placing second in both the $86,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier and $86,000 Fidelity Investments Classic. She then went on to win the Silver medal in the $100,000 USEF Under 25 National Championship at the CP National Horse Show.

Lucy scored her biggest victory of the 2017 winter season, winning the $100,000 Suncast Jumper Classic during CSIO4* Week 8 of the Winter Equestrian Festival, and she was the youngest rider in the class. At the Live Oak International CSI3*, Lucy and “Hester” took third place in the $35,000 Hollow Creed Farms 1.50m speed class, and 17th place in the $100,000 LONGINES FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier against some of the world’s top riders. She also took second place with “Hamlet” in the $10,000 Waldron Private Wealth class.

At the Spruce Meadows National in June, Lucy and “Hester” once again proved to be tough competitors against a world-class field, taking second place behind newly-crowned FEI World Cup™ Champion McLain Ward in the RoadTrek Cup 1.50m class before scoring their first victory at Spruce Meadows in the ATCO Challenge 1.50m class.

Lucy’s mother Lisa has been the Chair of the Hampton Classic Board of Directors for the past nine years. Her father Mario has ridden internationally for both his native Canada and the U.S. and his resume includes winning the FEI World Cup Final and appearances in both the Olympics and FEI World Equestrian games. Lucy’s grandfather Roger Deslauriers has been an integral part of developing international equestrian sport in Canada as an Olympic Committee member and as President of the Bromont International Horse Show, site of the equestrian competition during the 1976 Olympic Games.