Ward Tough As Nails in $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix at
the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show
NY August 31, 2002 McLain Ward flew to the finish with
Flier to win the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix at the 27th annual
Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.
four of 35 horse-rider combinations advanced to the jump-off over
the course set by American Olympic team gold medalist, Conrad Homfeld.
Ward was the only rider to post a second clear round when he returned
for the jump-off and also had the fastest time, 38.55 seconds.
a very green horse, we only bought him in April, but I felt he handled
himself wonderfully, said Ward, who owns the 8-year-old selle
francais gelding in partnership with Harry Gill. I went as
fast as I could today, I felt this was the time to push him and
see how he would react.
Sally Hansen Grand Prix was the only competition held on the grand
prix field as show organizers are attempting to preserve the grass
footing, which suffered from heavy rainfall on Thursday, for Sundays
$150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
management is doing everything they can, but it is an outdoor sport
on grass footing, remarked Ward, who will ride two horses
in Sundays grand prix, the maximum allowed.
Quintana, who is based in Southampton, NY, placed second riding
Lacost with a four-fault round in a time of 38.60 seconds. 1992
Olympic individual bronze medalist Norman Dello Joio of Wellington,
FL, also had four faults with Warsaw, but his much slower time of
42.36 seconds left him in third position.
only other rider to advance to the jump-off was Megan Lamaze of
Orinda, CA. Riding Ramirique Royale, a nine-year-old Westphalian
mare owned by Eddie Creed and Martinwood Farm, she had ten faults
in the jump-off to finish fourth.
a special retirement ceremony in the grand prix ring, the Hampton
Classic Horse Show said good-bye to a champion hunter. Seconds
At Last had carried numerous riders to success in the hunter
ring, his final rider being19-year-old Stephanie Riggio of New York
City, NY, with whom he won championship ribbons up and down the
east coast. A 19-year-old thoroughbred gelding, Seconds At
Last will be retired to Riggios Meadow View Farm in
Water Mill, NY.
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.
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 and full competition results, please visit the
Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com