Engle Returns to Defend Her Title at Hampton Classic Horse Show
NYAugust 26, 2003 Three-time winner of the $150,000
Prudential Financial Hampton Classic Grand Prix, Margie Engle of
Wellington, FL is back this year to compete at the 28th annual Hampton
Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.
who has won the class a record three consecutive times, will compete
in the $150,000 Prudential Financial Hampton Classic Grand Prix,
a member event of the King Shavings U.S Grand Prix League on Sunday,
August 31 aboard Hidden Creeks Jones.
off a Team Gold Medal victory at the 2003 Pan American Games in
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic earlier in August, Engle is fit
to compete and knows the large grass Grand Prix Ring at the Hampton
Classic well. This is the nicest Grand Prix in the country.
Its the closest show we have to a European show. There are
a lot of spectators, and they are educated spectators who get behind
the riders, she said.
seasoned Hampton Classic competitor, Engle has been coming to the
Hamptons forever. In 2000, Engle won the weeks
highlighted event, the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix
aboard Hidden Creeks Laurel. This pair proved themselves to
be the best again in 2001 and found themselves in the winners
circle for the second consecutive year. In 2002, Engle piloted Hidden
Creeks Perin to victory, winning the Grand Prix at the Hampton
Classic for a record three consecutive years.
Hidden Creeks Perin, Engles mount for the Pan American
Games, is in Calgary, Canada, and with Hidden Creeks Laurel
in retirement, Hidden Creeks Jones will have a chance to come
out of the shadows of his stable mates.
eleven-year-old gelding has never competed in the Grand Prix at
the Hampton Classic, but has already earned top finishes this summer.
Engle piloted Jones to a win the$50,000 I Love New York Grand Prix
at the Lake Placid Horse Show in Lake Placid, NY in July. The pair
also boasts a second place finish at the prestigious $100,000 American
Jumping Classic in Kings Mill, OH. Hes a careful horse,
a real trier, and has been very consistent, Engle explained.
year the Hampton Classic Horse Show attracts more than 50,000 spectators
and celebrities to watch the countrys best horses and riders
compete. With the nations best show jumping riders attending
the show and a star-studded audience cheering them on, the Hampton
Classic is a weeklong sports and entertainment spectacle.
show rings, plus vendors, restaurants, and the childrens area
are operating throughout the week. Admission is $5 per person or
$15 per carload, with children under 6 admitted free. Reserved grandstand
seating for Grand Prix Sunday, August 31, is $15 per person (in
addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission) or $25 per person
in the special Premium Seating center sections. Parking is free
throughout the show week.