Ever the pragmatist, Daniel Bluman stuck right to his plan Thursday afternoon, capturing top spot in the $40,000 SOVARO® FEI Speed Stake at the 42nd Hampton Classic Horse Show with Bacara d'Archonfosse. Bacara, a 10-year-old bay mare, is owned by Bluman, Will Schwitzer and Kim Douglas.

Representing Israel, Bluman had the luxury of a late draw starting 46th out of a field of 57, over the sprawling course designed by Alan Wade of Tipperary, Ireland.

Daniel Bluman (ISR) and Bacara d'Archonfosse took the $40,000 SOVARO FEI Speed Stake at the Hampton Classic. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Five other riders, including Britain's Amanda Derbyshire and four Americans, posted faster times over the course of the afternoon, but none was able to leave all the rails up - the critical combination needed to clinch the victory. Bluman's time of 61.50 seconds with no rails down was fast enough to hold off the rest of the clean rounds and give the two-time Olympic veteran a positive start to the three FEI classes to come later this week.

"I had the luck of going a little bit later in the order, so I had a chance to see what I wanted to do," explained Bluman following the victory gallop. "I did exactly what I wanted to do and thankfully it paid off. Alan Wade is a great course designer, I've had a lot of success with him in the past I really like how he designs. The conditions are perfect here and the footing is holding up great."

Wade's course was spread across the entire grand prix field, from edge to edge and corner to corner, leaving plenty of room to go fast - and plenty of room to knock things down if you got rolling a little too quickly. Bluman's calm, conservative plan (combined with a little luck, of course) came through in the crunch.

"My plan was just fast enough, not crazy. It was neat and tidy, I kept my composure everywhere and just tried to ride tight turns and ride the lines fast without damaging the shape of the jump of the mare. Early in the class, Amanda Derbyshire put in a time that I think was by far unbeatable, if she had not had a rail down (56.93 seconds with Lady Maria BH) She was trying to shave off strides everywhere, and lucky for everybody else it did not pay off. But she gambled, and sometimes the gambling works and sometimes it doesn't."

Second place went to Luiz Francisco de Azevedo, representing Brazil, with Collin, in a time of 62.20 seconds. Third went to Ireland's Richie Moloney, the current leader in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge, with Ypaja Yando on a time of 62.74 seconds. The top American rider was Lauren Tisbo with Jeleena de Muze who finished fourth, with a time of 63.93 seconds.

Annie Phillips and Pele. © The Book, LLC.

Thursday morning in the grand prix ring, Annie Phillips of New Canaan, CT, took top spot in the $5,000 Rose Hill Farm Amateur-Owner Jumper class with her own Pele.

In just her second time at the Classic, Phillips was returning to the show ring following an injury to her hand earlier this year.

"It was great this morning!" said an ebullient Phillips. "My kids and family are here today which is always nice. It's my first win at the Hampton Classic!"

Phillips and Pele stopped the clock in 49.933 seconds, just ahead of Lacey Gilbertson, of Lake Forest, IL, and Baloppi, with their time of 50.727 seconds.


Daisy Farish and Alberto II. © Shawn McMillen Photography

In Thursday's $5,000 1.40m Junior Jumper speed class, Daisy Farish of Versailles, KY, posted a time of 50.678 seconds with Stone Ridge Farms' Alberto II; narrowly edging second placed Briley Koerner, of The Woodlands, TX, who piloted For Jef VD Wezelse to a second-place time of 50.990 seconds.

The $1,000 Citarella Adult-Amateur Jumper class was won by Jorge Gomez riding his own Dallas de la Bonnett with a jump-off time of 26.77 seconds; second went to Lindsey Tomeu with Am Free Inc.'s Gold Lux, with a jump-off time of 28.017 seconds.

Jorge Gomez with Dallas de la Bonnett. © Shawn McMillen Photography

Three divisions of Adult-Amateur Hunters saw champions crowned Thursday:
Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 years receiving the Compliment Trophy, donated by MeadowView CH: Entendu, owned by Gut Einhaus, LLC and ridden by Alyssa Mansfield RES: Met Ball, owned by 44 North Farm LLC ridden by Kate Mahoney.

Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 years CH: Trip
to Paris, owned by Privet Farm, LLC ridden by Mimi Moulton RES: Casparo, owned by White Hill Farm ridden by Jennifer Padovani.

Adult Amateur Hunter 50+ years receiving the Westfields Trophy donated by Noel Love Gross and Dark Horse Farm CH: Rumzu, owned and ridden by Laura Lee Montross RES: For Keeps, owned and ridden by Cathy Zicherman.

Grand Champion Adult Amateur Hunter: Trip to Paris and Mimi Moulton. © Shawn McMillen Photography

The overall Grand Champion in the Adult Amateur division was Trip to Paris, owned by Privett Farm LLC and ridden by Mimi Moulton.

Richie Moloney of Ireland increased his lead in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge with a total of 216 points. Brianne Goutal of USA is second with 110 points, and McLain Ward has taken over the third position with 99 points. The Challenge continues throughout the week, and will be awarded Sunday.

Friday's jumper competitions continue all morning, leading up to the 2:00pm feature in the Grand Prix ring, the $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier-CSI**** presented by Longines. Riders hoping to participate in Sunday's $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix-CSI**** presented by SOVARO® will need to complete this class first - it will be a fantastic preview of what's to come on Grand Prix Sunday at the Classic.

The Boutique Garden will feature extended shopping hours Friday, until 6:30pm, with live music by the Lynn Blue Band beginning at 4:00pm.

Hunters will continue Friday in the Anne Aspinall ring with Small and Large Junior hunters, Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner 36+ hunters and the GiGi New York Amateur-Owner 18-35 hunters.

Running through September 3, the Classic features over 200 classes in six beautifully manicured show rings; a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors for shopping, and a wide selection of dining options on the world-class 60-acre showground.

The Hampton Classic is one of the most spectacular equestrian events in the nation and showcases the highest levels of hunter-jumper competition. The world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the nation and world.

For those who can't make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet. Most of the Classic's other classes are also available on In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at

For complete horse show results and more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

$40,000 SOVARO® FEI Speed Stake (1.45m)

Rider / Country / Horse / Faults : Time

1. Daniel Bluman / ISR / Bacara d'Archonfosse / 0 : 61.50
2. Luiz Francisco de Azevedo / BRA / Collin / 0 : 62.20
3. Richie Moloney / IRE / Ypaja Yando / 0 : 62.74
4. Lauren Tisbo / USA / Jeleena de Muze / 0 : 63.93
5. Luis Pedro Biraben / ARG / Colorado / 0 : 64.22