Wins $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix to Culminate the 2003
Hampton Classic Horse Show
Bridgehampton, NYAugust 31, 2003-- The 28th Annual Hampton
Classic Horse Show was once again the perfect end to the perfect
summer. McLain Ward of Brewster, NY rode Hurricane, owned by Sarah
B. Willeman & Turnabout Farm, to win his third $150,000 Prudential
Financial Grand Prix in Bridgehampton, NY. The former mayor of New
York City, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, presented Ward with his award.
After the qualifying competition, the $30,000 Adequan Grand Prix
held on Friday, August 29, 29 horses qualified to compete in the
weeks highlighted event. Out of the starting field, only five
horse-and-rider combinations managed to ride clear over Olympian
Conrad Homfelds first round course to qualify to ride over
the shortened jump-off course.
Going first in the jump-off, Ward was the only rider to leave all
eight fences of the jump-off in place. With all the rails still
remaining in the cups, Ward crossed through the timers in a time
of 41.48 seconds to earn his third $150,000 Prudential Financial
Grand Prix win. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL to hold the is the
only other rider to have accumulated three wins in the $150,000
Prudential Financial Grand Prix.
Although he was the first to go, Ward exited the ring and knew he
had done his best. I thought I had won it- I was sure
I went as fast as I could push my horse to go. I dont think
I could have gone much faster, he explained.
Although Ward was in the winners circle here in the Hamptons
in 1998 and 1999 aboard Twist du Valon, this was a special win for
him. This was a big deal for me. It was a big course, as big
as Ive seen it, Ward said.
Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL piloted Viktor, owned by Mr. Harry
Gill, to a second place finish. The fastest of the four fault rounds,
Minikus crossed through the timers in a time of 40.10 seconds. A
former mount of Wards, he knew the horses strengths
and was slightly worried to have him going in the ring behind him.
I know how fast that horse is, and how fast Todd is so I was
a little worried, but I was happy to see them do so well,
Two-time $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix winner, Jeffery
Wells of Pound Ridge, NY rode Penelope to finish third with four
faults and a time of 42.03 seconds.
The 28th Hampton Classic Horse Show featured the top riders in the
country competing in Bridgehampton, NY. The week long event, which
ran from August 24-31, was highlighted by the $150,000 Prudential
Financial Grand Prix, a member event of the King Shavings U.S. Grand
Prix League (USGPL) along with the $30,000 Adequan® Fiesta Day
Grand Prix, the qualifying event for Sundays $150,000 Prudential
Financial Grand Prix, and the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix on
Saturday, August 30.
Numerous activities and exhibitions took place throughout the week
while shopping was at its best in the Boutique Garden and Stable