Bridgehampton, N.Y. – Aug. 29, 2019 – Five years ago, Collin was bound for slaughter in Belgium – purchased for the price of meat – when Brazilian rider Luiz Francisco de Azevedo got a call to try and “do something with this crazy horse.” Thursday at the Hampton Classic, de Azevedo put his trust in Collin and they came away with the win in the $40,000 Hampton Classic Speed Stake CSI4*. Catherine Tyree rounded out both the second and third places with BEC Lorenzo and Catungee, respectively.
“I was really lucky to go late in the order, right after Catherine Tyree went on her second horse,” said de Azevedo. “I was watching the end of her trip, and she did seven strides to the last jump and it was really tight for her. At that moment I knew I was going to take the risk and try for six strides. I have to say thanks to my horse, he’s so brave and he’s a real fighter. Not all horses would do that. I know we could try the six strides. I can trust him and I know he will be there on the other side.
“We bought Collin five years ago as a 7-year-old. He was going to the slaughter in Belgium. A friend of mine bought him for the price of meat and he was crazy to ride, really difficult. This friend was close to me and my family, and he asked me to try and make something of him. Two weeks after that we had our first international show together. He’s still crazy, not dangerous, but crazy.”
American Tyree also had the luxury of going late in the order with her second-placed horse BEC Lorenzo, after going early in the order with her third-placed horse Catungee. The pair of greys stopped the clock in 66.39 seconds and 66.76 seconds, respectively.
Earlier in the morning, the FEI division kicked off with the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Power & Speed class which had been rescheduled from Wednesday afternoon.
Brianne Goutal-Marteau and Zernike K successfully executed the ‘power’ portion of the test which allowed her to progress to the ‘speed’ section, where they stopped the clock in 29.01 seconds to clinch the top spot. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam took second with Kirschwasser SCF in a time of 29.70 seconds and Hardin Towell took third with Tupac van de Vrombautshoeve Z in a time of 30.25 seconds.
Goutal-Marteau explained that while some horses may struggle with adjustments in their schedule or in the format of the class, her mount had little trouble adjusting to the task at hand.
“He’s just like a little dirtbike, he’s really fun to ride,” laughed Goutal-Marteau. “He’s a horse that’s very versatile, he’s not one that struggles with changes or last-minute adjustments. He just goes into the ring and it doesn’t matter when it is or what you put him in. He’s a veteran here at the Hampton Classic. He competed here as a younger horse with me, and recently with my student and his current owner, Lilli Hymowitz.”
The class Thursday morning was the first on the newly-renovated Grand Prix field following Wednesday’s rain delay and Goutal-Marteau raved about how the footing held up exceptionally well.
“I jumped on Sunday in the first big class and the ground felt amazing – we turned and burned and were able to go very fast. Yesterday I watched a video on the Hampton Classic’s Instagram account of the amount of water the new drainage system was pulling off this field, after inches of rain, and today you would barely know it. You hear it a tiny bit as you’re on course that it’s a little wet, but you can still go fast, you can turn and nobody’s slipping. After more than 50 horses in this class there’s barely a mark on the field.”
Adrienne Sternlicht maintains her lead in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge following Thursday’s competition with 200 points. Ireland’s Richie Moloney is hot on her heels with 175 points and Molly Ashe Cawley is third with 115 points. Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam, last year’s winner, currently sits in fourth position with 115 points. The Challenge continues through Sunday when the leading rider will receive a check for $30,000 and a new Longines timepiece.
Friday’s jumper action includes the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake, the SHF Enterprises Championships for 7 & Under jumpers followed by the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier CSI4*.
Hunters continue with the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owners, The Competitive Equestrian Small Junior Hunters, the Snaks Fifth Avenchew Small Pony Hunters and more.
$40,000 Hampton Classic Speed Stake CSI4*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Faults | Time
1. Collin / Luiz Francisco de Azevedo / BRA / 0 | 63.48
2. BEC Lorenzo / Catherine Tyree / USA / 0 | 66.39
3. Catungee / Catherine Tyree / USA / 0 | 66.76
4. Ypaja Yando / Richie Moloney / IRL / 0 | 68.15
5. Ginger Pop / Alison Robitaille / USA / 0 | 70.06
6. Bonzay / Jonathon Millar / CAN / 0 | 70.58
7. Don’s Diamant / Natalie Dean / USA / 0 | 70.59
8. Excellent / Peter Lutz / USA / 0 | 72.17
9. Call me Number One / Richie Moloney / IRL / 0 | 72.33
10. Quinta / Peter Lutz / USA / 0 | 72.47
11. Truman / Amy Millar / CAN / 0 | 73.78
12. Gamko S / Victoria Birdsall / USA / 0 | 75.10
For full results, click here.
$10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper CSI4*
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / R1 Faults / R2 Faults | Time
1. Zernike K / Brianne Goutal-Marteau / USA / 0 / 0 | 29.01
2. Kirschwasser SCF / Shane Sweetnam / IRL / 0 / 0 | 29.70
3. Tupac van de Vrombautshoeve Z / Hardin Towell / USA / 0 / 0 | 30.25
4. Canora Z / Erynn Ballard / CAN / 0 / 0 | 30.39
5. Call Me Number One / Richie Moloney / IRL / 0 / 0 | 30.72
6. Ceitasi / Natalie Dean / USA / 0 / 0 | 31.02
7. Cessna / Georgina Bloomberg / USA / 0 / 0 | 31.68
8. Major / Aaron Vale / USA / 0 / 0 | 31.91
9. Flairvona / Alison Robitaille / USA / 0 / 0 | 33.70
10. Akuna Mattata / Nicole Shahinian-Simpson / USA / 0 / 0 | 34.21
11. Franka Trichta / McLain Ward / USA / 0 / 0 | 34.49
12. Win for Life / Spencer / Brittan / USA / 0 / 0 | 34.58
For full results, click here.