“My horse is a very special horse to me and my family,” Galligan said. “She’s the reason I’m in the States. I came over as a boy with a dream to ride in the top level of the sport, and we’ve owned her since she was four years old. It’s incredibly exciting to produce her all the way through and have results like this in an esteemed company. These were all people that I looked up to and aspired to be like as a child, so it’s an honor to compete with them and especially to have a win.”
After his competitive placing in the Grand Prix Qualifier, McLain Ward (USA) continues to hold the lead in the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge with a total of 378 points. Pessoa is in second place with 260 points, and Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) has moved into third with 197 points. The Challenge will be awarded after Sunday’s $300,000 LONGINES Hampton Classic Grand Prix Presented by Land Rover.
Other jumper highlights included the $10,000 Citarella Amateur/Amateur-Owner 1.25m Jumper Classic, won by Andrea Vogel of New York, N.Y., and her I Dream. The pair also won the Amateur/Amateur-Owner 1.20m Jumper Championship.
Aaron Vale of Williston, Fla., took home the 7 & Under Jumper Championship and the Dani Portela Perpetual Trophy aboard Lori Osterstock’s Fireball SCF. Corinne Sweeney of Oyster Bay, N.Y., rode Sagamore Farms’ Cerobin to victory in the $10,000 TAK Protective Services Junior 1.25m Jumper Classic and the Junior Jumper 1.20m Championship.