“I had a great year,” Hesslink said. “I’m really lucky to have the horses that I do in my stable, so it was really easy to have a successful run. I didn’t bring many horses to the Hampton Classic since it’s always nerve-wracking to show on grass, but I had a lot of fun here. It was a big mental win for me.”
Hesslink accumulated 700 points during the show season, earning him a landslide win. Holliday Ryals of Bayville, N.Y., earned second place with a total of 260 points, and Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, R.I., finished third with 240 points.
Many other champions were crowned in the hunter rings, including Betsee Parker’s Nottingham, ridden by Scott Stewart of Wellington, Fla., in the LiveEq Green Working Hunter 3’6” division. The pair was awarded the Ever So Dark Trophy for their successful performance.