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The Country’s Best Jump at Chance to Compete at the Hampton Classic America’s Top Athletes Entered

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY—August 24, 2002—Show Jumping’s biggest names will flock to the 27th Hampton Classic Horse Show, August 25 – September 1 in Bridgehampton, NY.

In a show like no other, America’s top equestrian athletes will be on hand to participate in the pageantry and grandeur that has become synonymous with the Hampton Classic. Before heading to the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, in September, United States Equestrian Team (USET) riders Leslie Howard of Westport, CT, and Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, will be on hand to compete the Hampton Classic.

Likewise, three of the four members of the USET’s Nations’ Cup Team at the CSIO Spruce Meadows Masters in Calgary, Canada, will ride at the Hampton Classic in preparation for international competition. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, Alison Firestone of Upperville, VA, and Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI, will all be competing at the prestigious Hampton Classic. In particular, Goldstein-Engle has a lot at stake. As the two-time defending champion of the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, designated as a World Cup Qualifier, the 2000 Olympian will be looking to make it three in a row on Sunday, September 1.

Other show jumping athletes on a hot streak coming into the Hampton Classic include McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, who has already won numerous grand prix events this season and placed fourth in the 2002 World Cup Final held in Germany. The winner of the $30,000 Adequan® Fiesta Day Grand Prix last year and a two-time winner of the Prudential Financial Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, Ward will be hoping to make a return visit to the winner’s circle in 2002.

Mark Leone will head a family story at the Hampton Classic. The youngest of three show jumping brothers, Leone, who recently won the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid, will be competing alongside his brother, 1996 Olympic silver medalist Peter Leone in the grand prix ring. In addition, Peter Leone’s student, Canadian Brian Walker, 18, will be looking for success again this year, having claimed the $10,000 CK Equitation Championship in 2001.

Another young rider, 16-year-old Paige Johnson of Washington, DC, will be back to defend her title in the $15,000 WGHR Farm's Junior/Amateur High Jumper Classic in the grand prix ring on Saturday, August 31.

Long Island riders competing at the Hampton Classic include Debbie Dolan-Sweeney of Oyster Bay, NY, who is a two-time champion of the Hampton Classic’s Prudential Financial, Argentina natives Ramiro Quintana and Federico Sztyrle, now based in Southampton, NY, and Bridgehampton’s own Laura Bowery.


Third Annual Seniors Day, Thursday, Aug. 29: Senior citizens will be admitted free on Seniors Day, Thursday, Aug. 29, presented by 50 Plus Senior News. Festivities include “An Evening of Shopping” from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Boutiques Garden. The Evening of Shopping is a new addition to the Classic this year and promises to be a real hit!

Fiesta Day, Friday Aug. 30: A tribute to Long Island’s growing Hispanic community, Fiesta Day presented by Avis celebrates the culture and traditions of more than 23 Spanish-speaking countries and regions worldwide. Hispanic food, music, and dancing will be highlighted as a tribute to diversity in work and play. A new bilingual horse coloring book will be given to all children under 12, along with a box of crayons, so kids can color on the spot!

Cablevision’s Kids Day, Saturday, Aug. 31: Sure to delight kids of all ages, Cablevision’s Kids Day will feature the National Circus Project, an opportunity for youngsters to try out their circus skills. The day also includes face painting, balloon sculpting, pony rides, and magic acts. A visit to the petting zoo is included in the fun, along with the chance to win some great prizes. Kids can even brush up on their horse grooming skills.

Other featured show jumping events during the Hampton Classic include the $15,000 W.G.H.R. Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic, the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix, the $30,000 Adequan Grand Prix, the $50,000 Eastern Finals of the Young Jumper Championships, and the $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby for riders under the age of 21.

The week-long competition runs from Sunday, August 25 through Sunday, September 1, with a break in competition on Monday, August 26. Admission is $5 per person or $15 per carload per day, with children under 6 admitted free. Reserved grandstand seating for Sunday, September 1, is $15 per person (in addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission) or $25 per person for premium front-row seating. Parking throughout the show is free.

In addition to the competition taking place each day simultaneously in five rings, spectators will be treated to a variety of other exciting exhibits, including the Boutique Garden’s 40 vendor booths, Stable Row’s 23 booths, three on-site public restaurants, and an Exhibition Horse/Children’s area open throughout the week.

For more information about the Hampton Classic be sure to visit the show’s website at


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