Bridgehampton, NY – September 7, 2017 – From August 27 through September 3, the 42nd annual Hampton Classic Horse Show featured more than 200 classes of hunter, jumper and equitation classes for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. They competed
in six beautifully manicured show rings across 60 acres.Riders from twelve nations,
including Olympic and World Cup champions, competed in four FEI classes that culminated with a brilliant win by Israel’s Daniel Bluman riding Ladriano Z in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI**** presented by SOVARO®.
Bluman also won two other FEI classes – the $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier CSI4**** presented by Longines, and the $40,000 SOVARO® Speed Stake; both of these wins came with Bacara d’Archonfosse.
Ireland’s Richie Moloney proved that consistent results yield big returns as he earned the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge as the Classic’s leading open jumper rider. Moloney received a lovely Longines timepiece and a check for $30,000. In the five years the award has existed at the Classic, Moloney has won it four times.
Of the 31 world-class horses in the Grand Prix, only three advanced to the jump-off with clean rounds over the course designed by Alan Wade of Ireland. After an early clear by Brianne Goutal of Royal Palm Beach, FL, on Nice De Prissey, reigning Longines FEI World Cup Champion, and six-time Hampton Classic Grand Prix champion, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, assured a jump-off with a clean round on HH Callas, much to the joy of the excited crowd that filled the VIP stands and bleachers all around the ring.
When Bluman, who entered the ring third-to-last, jumped a clean round, the crowd went wild. The jump-off turned out to be all about strategy and precision. Goutal tried to secure another clear by being accurate rather than fast, but unluckily knocked a rail for four faults. Ward then entered with the knowledge that Bluman was still to come. He tried to force his hand by setting the fastest time of 44.10 seconds, but two rails at the last two fences cost him the win, and ultimately the Longines Rider Challenge as well.
“HH Callas was great today,” said Ward. “I thought she jumped beautifully in the first round. With Daniel coming behind me in the jump-off and with the week that he has had, I knew I had to put enough pressure on him. If I could do it over again, I would probably put another stride to the second-to-last jump, as it was a little bit at the end of the mare’s stride and that is not the best way to be for her.”
Bluman entered the ring knowing that a clean round would give him the win and the two-time Olympic veteran delivered, posting the only clean round of the jump-off, in a time of 46.09 seconds.
“When I walked the course I honestly thought there were going to be a few more clean rounds,” said Bluman. “I think the course was nicely built, careful enough, big enough, as Alan’s courses have been all week. I don’t think there was any place where the horses really had to struggle. It played out the perfect way, only three in the jump-off, which is beautiful because you get to go in knowing you already have a nice piece of the pie.”
In the $40,000 SOVARO® FEI Speed Stake, Bluman captured the top spot with Bacara d’Archonfosse, owned by Will Schwitzer and Kim Douglas. Second went to Luiz Francisco de Azevedo, representing Brazil, with Collin, and third went to Moloney with Ypaja Yando. The top American rider was Lauren Tisbo who finished fourth with Jeleena de Muze.
Bluman and Bacara d’Archonfosse bested the field of 53 entries in the $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier – CSI****, presented by Longines. Second place went to Ireland’s Darragh Kerins with Silteplait de Circee, owned by Remarkable Farms LP, while third went to America’s Catherine Tyree, with Mary Tyree’s Enjoy Louis.
In conjunction with the Hampton Classic’s Jump for Charity program, Bluman’s win earned more than $11,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Kerins earned $2,000 for ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption and Tyree earned $1,000 for the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.
“It does add meaning to know that my win earned money for my designated charity,” Bluman said, “but the truth is that no matter who won some charity was going to benefit. The one who really deserves the credit is the Hampton Classic for putting together a program like this.”
Shane Sweetnam, just back from leading Ireland to the team gold medal at the European Show Jumping Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, led a six-horse foot race to the finish in the $50,000 Longines Cup, topping a field of 50 starters. His partner was Main Road, owned by Sweet Oak Farm and Seabrook LLC. Ward was second on his new mount Cartouche, while Andrew Ramsay (USA) was third on California 62.
Ward took top honors in the $15,000 LeSportsac Speed Derby on Friday morning. Second place went to Brazil’s Fabio Leivas Da Costa with Tosca De L’Esques, while third went to American Molly Ashe, with Picobello Choppin PC.
Topping the leader board of the 60 starters in the one-round $30,000 Boar’s Head Jumper Challenge held on Opening Day was Great Britain’s Amanda Derbyshire with Lady Maria BH. Second went to Brianne Goutal with the 21 year-old Onira owned by Remarkable Farms. The crowd gave a resounding cheer watching Goutal cross the finish, as it had been announced this would be Onira’s final competition before retirement later in the week. Rounding out the top three was Richie Moloney with Slieveanorra.
Other Open Jumper Classes
Matthew Metell made himself right at home in the grand prix ring, taking the win in Tuesday morning’s $10,000 Jaguar Open Jumper class with his grey mare, Donchalant. Placing second was Ward with Bellefleur PS Z. In the $10,000 Shamrock Ventures Open Jumper class, it was an international trifecta with Mexico, Ireland and Brazil taking the top three places. Santiago Lambre of Mexico captured first place with D’Artagnan. Second place went to Lorcan Gallagher of Ireland with Belize D’Ive Z (Sweet Oak Farm), and third went to Luiz Francisco De Azevedo of Brazil with his own Collin.
Of 45 starters in the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper class, a dozen progressed to jump-off rounds. Sweetnam claimed the top prize with Indra Van De Oude Heihoef, owned by the Blue Buckle Group. Later in the day, Sarah Segal of Flemington, NJ, took the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper class, riding T.K. Farms’ Zelda.
Junior, Adult, Children and Amateur-Owner Jumpers
Yasmin Rizvi won the $25,000 Campbell Stables Show Jumping Derby presented by Boar’s Head on the final morning of the Hampton Classic. She beat Coco Fath by milliseconds in a two-horse jump-off. Rizvi was awarded the Junior Jumper High Score Award, prestigious recognition that gave credit to her successful week at Hampton Classic. Fath was awarded the Show Jumping Hall of Fame “Style of Riding Award,” presented by Horse Network.
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. Second place went to Lacey Gilbertson, of Lake Forest, IL, and Seabrook’s LLC Baloppi.
The $15,000 Carolex Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic was won by Daisy Farish with Alberto II. The $10,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic was won by Katie Tyler, riding Surf de la Cense owned by Barbara Kipihasha. Tyler was presented with the Firefly Trophy, donated by Philip Richter of Turnabout Farm in honor of Christophe de Menil, as the 1.30m Amateur-Owner Jumper champion.
Mimi Gochman took top honors in the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic, with Avoloma BH of Gochman Sport Horse LTD. In the $5,000 Adult Jumper Classic, Lindsey Tomeu took the win with Gold Lux of Am Free INC. In the $5,000 Children’s Jumper Classic, sponsored by the Swan Creek Family Corporation, Hallie Grimes finished on top with Alasca LV Z owned by Can We Keep It? LLC.
Following two phases of testing, the $10,000 Great Southwest Equestrian Center Equitation Championship was won by Annabel Revers of Weston, MA. Earlier in the week, the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search was won by seventeen-year-old Jordyn Rose Freedman of Longmeadow, MA.
In hunter competition, Scott Stewart was victorious in four separate divisions, as he was in 2016. His standout performances led to his being named this year’s Leading Hunter Rider and his mount Lucador, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, was honored as Grand Hunter Champion. Ray Mayorga, the groom who looks after Lucador, was presented with the Hunter Groom Award, as well as a Beval back pack and a check for $500 sponsored by Aden Brook.
Emma Kurtz piloted Popish Farms’ Due West to the head of the class in the $10,000 Hermes Hunter Classic. The Grand Junior Hunter Champion was Mythical, owned by Gochman Sport Horses and ridden by Sophie Gochman. The Leading Junior Hunter Rider Award with the accompanying Kathy Scholl Trophy was presented to Emily Russell. Ellie Ferrigno earned the Leading Junior Equitation Award, the Gordon Wright Trophy, sponsored by the friends of Gustav Leidlof.
Becky Gochman took the championship in the Hunt Ltd. Amateur Owner 36+ hunter division, while the championship for the GiGi New York Amateur-Owner Hunters, 18-35 years, went to Peter Lutz and Libertas Farm LLC’s Chablis.
For complete horse show results and more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com.