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McLain Ward Races to the Win in the Jaguar Open Speed at the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY— August 28, 2002 — In a race to the finish, it was New York native McLain Ward who drove off the winner in the $5,000 Jaguar Open Speed competition at the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show.

A large Wednesday crowd waited all the way until the end to get their winner as Ward of Brewster, NY, was the final rider to take to the grand prix field. Riding Sasha, Ward negotiated the course set by Olympic gold medalist Conrad Homfield of Southampton, NY, in a time of 69.38 seconds.

Ward just barely edged out Ramiro Quintana who clocked in at 69.54 seconds riding Lacost. Although he also makes his home in Southampton, Quintana represents Argentina in competition. Placing third was United States Equestrian Team member Alison Firestone, 25, of Upperville, VA, with Casanova.

In another $5,000 Open Speed competition held later in the day for low jumpers, Ward finished second riding Flier to Beezie Madden of Cazenovia, NY, who was aboard Desilvio.

In other local results, Gretchen Topping of Sagaponack, NY, took the blue ribbon in the Adult Amateur Hunter with Waiting to Waltz, owned by Dee Thomas, while Great Neck, NY, resident Joanna Feldstein and Costar were just awarded the Virginia Hunt Trophy after earning the Children's Hunter Grand Championship title.

Kristy McCormack of Lakewood, NY, won the $2,000 Junior Jumper competition for riders’ aged 18 and under riding Renesse Van Dr. Plataan.

In the Young Jumper Championships, Eastern League Finals, showcasing the nation’s top developing show jumping horses, Florida-based riders rose to the challenge. Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee won the five-year-old qualifier riding Tres Coronas Caravelle while Jimmy Torano of Fort Lauderdale and Premiada took top honors in the six-year-old category.

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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