Ward Races to the Win in the Jaguar Open Speed at the 2002
Hampton Classic Horse Show
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
McCormack of Lakewood, NY, won the $2,000 Junior Jumper competition
for riders aged 18 and under riding Renesse Van Dr. Plataan.
the Young Jumper Championships, Eastern League Finals, showcasing
the nations 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
Hampton Classic is one of the nations premier show jumping
competitions. Many of the worlds 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.
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.
addition to the competition, spectators will be treated to a variety
of other exciting exhibits including the Boutique Gardens
numerous vendor booths, Stable Rows 20 booths, three on-site
public restaurants, and an Exhibition Horse/Childrens area
open throughout the week.
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.
more information, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com