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Liza Towell and Enrique Steal Spotlight at the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY— August 26, 2002 — All eyes were on Liza Towell and Enrique at Manhattan Mortgage Company’s Opening Day presented by Distinction Magazine and Long Island Parents and Children Magazine at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.

Towell won the Local Hunter Professional division over 38 other entries riding Enrique while the horse’s owner, Kym Smith of Bridgehampton, NY, claimed the Local Amateur-Owner Champion division from a field of 35 horses. Both riders were jumping fences set at a height of 3’6” in a competition where the horses are judged on their style and movement.

The combination of Enrique’s performance under both riders earned the horse enough points to claim the coveted Grand Hunter Championship title.

“The overall team effort with both of us riding him made Enrique the Grand Hunter Champion,” explained Towell.

In recognition of their achievement, Towell and Smith were awarded the South Fork Perpetual Trophy.

A renowned hunter rider, Towell, 23, originally from Camden, SC, recently graduated from the College of Charleston and moved to Bridgehampton, NY, to train with Smith. Towell’s father, who is in the horse business, was the one who originally owned Enrique before selling him to Smyth.

“I rode the horse before we sold him and he bucked me off!” laughed Towell.

In fact, it was Towell’s 13-year-old brother, Hardin, also competing at the Hampton Classic, who showed Enrique before he was sold to Smith in February.

“He goes in the ring, knows his job, and goes in there to win,” said Towell of Enrique, a six-year-old chestnut French-bred gelding. “He is very dependable and he helps you out by trying hard. He is a real show horse.”

Opening Day at the Hampton Classic Horse Show is a special tradition of this end-of-summer equestrian and social event that dates back 27 years. Manhattan Mortgage Company’s Opening Day presented by Distinction Magazine and Long Island Parents and Children Magazine celebrates Long Island equestrian culture with competition action in six show rings. Held at the Classic’s sixty-acre show site on Sunday, August 25, Opening Day offered spectators an opportunity to witness riders of all ages on a day that offered the very best sport the area has to offer.

The Hampton Classic is one of the nation’s premier show jumping competitions. Many of the world’s best equestrians are competing for more than $250,000 in prize money during the Classic, which benefits the Southampton Hospital. Each day of the show is devoted to special events and social activities, culminating with the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix on Sunday, September 1.

Other featured show jumping events during the Hampton Classic include the $15,000 W.G.H.R. Junior/Amateur 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.

In addition to the competition, spectators will be treated to a variety of other exciting exhibits including the Boutique Garden’s numerous vendor booths, Stable Row’s 20 booths, three on-site public restaurants, and an Exhibition Horse/Children’s area open throughout the week.

The Hampton Classic continues through Sunday, September 1. 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.

For more information, please visit the Hampton Classic website at or call 631-537-3177.


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