The start list for the $50,000 Longines Cup at the Hampton Classic was 46 horses long. It included veterans like Beezie Madden and McLain Ward. The jumps are 1.60-meter high. It’s Saturday in the Hamptons, and the crowd is huge.
And who rode away with the win? The 21-year-old young professional Mattias Tromp, on a horse he’s only ridden since April, to boot.
Karen Polle was almost was too stunned for words at the press conference after winning the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix. “I’m in a little bit of shock right now. This is definitely the biggest win in my career so it’s very exciting,” the 23-year-old said with a big smile.
The Irish dominated the Hampton Classic yet again in Saturday’s $40,000 Longines Cup. Paul O’Shea guided the Irish-bred stallion Skara Glen's Dolphin to the fastest double clear of the day—scoring a nice paycheck and Longines watch.
After 30 years of service, Steve Stephens has retired from his position as horse show manager for the Hampton Classic Horse Show (N.Y.).
“Steve has played an integral role in the growth of the Hampton Classic into one of the world's most highly regarded horse shows and no words can express the credit he is due,” said Dennis Suskind, president of the Hampton Classic Board of Directors, in a written statement. “His efforts have helped the Classic achieve a position of prominence in the horse show world and we all owe him an incredible debt of gratitude.”
Course designer Guillherme Jorge put a lot of thought into the number of fences he would include for the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix CSI-W at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. In fact, it wasn’t until he saw the final list of entries on the morning of the class that he made his final decision.
“At this level of competition, it’s always a very fine line between an easy course and a difficult course,” he explained. “But this is a very important class and very important prize money.”
Molly Ashe-Cawley rode into the lead at the Hampton Classic’s $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and never looked back. Despite going last in the field of 35, Ashe-Cawley rode Kristen Abbatiello-Neff’s Kennzo to scores of 90 and 92 in the first round over Steve Stephens’ big, flowing track.
This was the first year that the class was held on the grass grand prix field, so Kennzo, a former jumper, felt right at home.
For the third year in a row, McLain Ward found himself celebrating in the Hamptons. In the wake of Hurricane Irene, on a gorgeous and sunny day over Labor Day weekend and in front of an enthusiastic crowd, Ward accepted the winning honors in the grand prix event held during the Hampton Classic.