Wins $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix for Record-Tying Third
Time to Highlight 28th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show
NY September 3, 2003 McLain Ward of Brewster, NY became
only the third rider in history to win the $150,000 Prudential Financial
Grand Prix three times when he rode Hurricane to victory on the
closing day of the 28th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.
victory, tying the three wins turned in by Rodney Jenkins and Margie
Goldstein Engle, came on Sunday, August 31 following a week of world-class
show jumping competition surrounded by the beauty and mystique of
August 24-31, the sports biggest names gathered in Bridgehampton,
NY for one of the worlds premier show jumping competitions.
Ward could not have been prouder after receiving his award from
former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. This was a big
deal for me. It was a big course, as big as Ive seen it here,
of a starting field of 29 horse-and-rider combinations, only five
pairs jumped clear over Olympian Conrad Homfelds first-round
course to qualify to ride in the jump-off. Going first in the jump-off,
Ward was the only rider to leave all eight fences in place. With
all the rails still remaining in the cups, Ward crossed through
the timers in 41.48 seconds to finish on top. I went as fast
as I could push my horse to go. I dont think I could have
gone much faster, he explained.
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. Viktor
is a former mount of Wards and Ward knew the horses
strengths and was slightly worried to have his old buddy
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, Ward said.
on Sunday, amateur show jumping talent was showcased with the $25,000
Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby, open to Junior riders under age
18 and to Amateur-Owner riders. Cody Baird of Greenwich, CT, was
the big winner in the class, which is a member event of the Show
Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. Baird was presented
with a check for $7,500 in prize money for her performance aboard
Orlandia, owned by October Farm. Michael Morrissey of Bradenton,
FL, finished second aboard Gera 28, owned by Gene Mische.
Ward also posted a win earlier in the weekend, wining the $25,000
Sally Hansen Grand Prix for the second year in a row. Out of the
47 entries, 10 horse-and-rider combinations jumped clear in the
first round to move on to the jump-off. Aboard the nine-year-old,
bay, mare, Labelle, owned by Sarah Willeman and Turnabout Farm,
Ward stopped the clock in the jump-off round with a blistering fast
time of 35.20 seconds.
Olympian Laura Kraut was the only other entry to come close to Wards
winning time, posting a score of 35.29 seconds to finish second
aboard Quick Star 2Z, a nine-year-old mare owned by Pasmore Stables.
the fifth year, the Hampton Classic Horse Show hosted the Young
Jumper Championships, Eastern League Finals, showcasing the nations
top developing show jumping horses. In the $30,000 Six-Year-Old
Young Jumper Championship, After Dark and Patricia Griffith of White
Plains, NY proved to be unbeatable. Following three rounds of jumping
held over three days, After Dark, a Dutch Warmblood by Darco, finished
up with three clear rounds to take the top prize of $8,400.
the $20,000 Five-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship, Aaron Vale
of Aiken, SC, rode Shibumi, an Oldenburg by Stalon, to the top of
the standings for owner Market Street. Vale took over the ride for
two-time Olympic silver medalist Anne Kursinski of Frenchtown, NJ,
who fractured her hand earlier in the week. Following three rounds
of competition held over three days, Shibumi and Vale were the only
pair to emerge without any penalties.
Healey of Lumberton, NJ, rode to the top of the $10,000 CK Equitation
Championship. The competition was held over two rounds, over two
days, over two separate courses in the grass Grand Prix Ring. The
top ten riders from Round 1 advanced to the Final round where they
carried forward their scores and competed in reverse order of standing.
Healey, in sixth position going into Round II rode the 13-year-old
bay gelding, Starlight, to top the ten-horse field.
is owned by my older sister, Mary Alexis, but shes in college
now so hes mine to ride, explained Healey, 17, who began
riding Starlight in February. I also ride him in the low junior
jumper division. Hes a very brave and honest horse. Even if
he gets nervous, hell never cheat you out.
Goutal of New York, NY finished second. Both Healey and Goutal,
14, train with Frank and Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables
on Colts Neck, NJ.
in the week, 1992 Olympic Individual Bronze Medalist, Norman Dello
Joio of Wellington, FL, captured the win in the $30,000 Adequan
Fiesta Day Grand Prix aboard Glasgow, a 14-year-old chestnut Dutch
Warmblood gelding by Emilion. In the eleven horse jump-off, the
times kept getting quicker and quicker. The second-to-last rider
in the ring, Dello Joio was the fastest of them all, clocking in
at 35.46 seconds.
plan was to just go easy and save my horse for Sunday, but he felt
so good over the first fence, I just let him go for it, said
Dello Joio, 47. He loves the big turf course.
Welles of Pound Ridge, NY, aboard Equinox, owned by Elizabeth Saunders,
won the first-ever $20,000 David Yurman Time Challenge, a new Open
Jumper Speed class held on Manhattan Mortgage Companys Opening
Day, presented by Distinction Magazine. Twenty-four horse-rider
combinations contested the competition where speed was the name
of the game. Welles had a clear round in the fastest time, 67.60
seconds, to earn the blue ribbon.
was really nice to have a fun class without a lot of pressure to
ride in, said Welles. The jumps werent that big,
so you had to take a chance by going fast if you wanted to win.
As the winner, Welles received $6,000 in prize money as well as
a David Yurman Thoroughbred Timepiece, presented by David and Sybil
Yurman, long-time residents of the Hamptons.
Leone of Greenwich, CT rode Kiana to a second place finish posting
a time of 68.40 seconds. Callan Solem of Colts Neck, NJ, placed
third in a time of 71.12 seconds riding Warsaw for Quiet Winter
a unique competition, the $1,000 Grooms Class offered fun
and recognition for the hard-working individuals who care for the
horses outside the ring. Cheered on by employers and friends, grooms
were judged in two phases, first on the presentation of their horses
and knowledge of their care, then a ridden phase where the grooms
mounted their horses and were judge at the walk, trot and canter
and were then invited to jump one fence in order to earn extra points.
Following a lengthy discussion by the judges, Memo Gonzalez, a native
of Mexico, emerged the winner one day shy of his 22nd birthday.
works for renowned trainer, Missy Clark of North Run in Warren,
VT. I cant say enough great things about Memo,
said Clark. He is a super caretaker and he genuinely loves
the horses. I hope hes with us forever!
Hampton Classic Horse Show began on Sunday, August 24, with Manhattan
Mortgage Companys Opening Day presented by Distinction Magazine.
Opening Day celebrates Long Island equestrian culture and offers
spectators an opportunity to witness local area riders competing
in six show rings at the Classics sixty-acre show site. Other
special days at the Hampton Classic included Seniors Day, presented
by 50 Plus Senior News, Fiesta Day presented by Hoy, and Cablevision
2004 Hampton Classic will be held Sunday, August 29 through Sunday,
September 5 (Labor Day Weekend) at the beautiful, 70-acre show site
in Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York.