Articles: Horse News
Hats Off to Danielle Cooper for Winning the Carolex Show Jumping Derby at
Hampton Classic Horse Show
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
Bridgehampton, NY-September 5, 2010- Danielle Cooper, 19, of Oyster Bay
Cove, NY, and Kosta captured the $25,000 Carolex Show Jumping Derby at the
Hampton Classic Horse Show on Sunday morning.
The top 30 horses from Friday's $10,000 Sotheby's International Realty
Welcome Stake qualified for the Derby. A total of 11 horse and rider
combinations made it to the jump-off, but only the top three negotiated
double clears. Tori Corts went first on Ultimo Van Ter Moude and set the
pace with a clear round in a time of 36.176 seconds. The next two riders
had rails and then it was time for Cooper to test the Guilherme Jorge
"I watched the first one go and she was fast and clear, so it was a good
gauge for me," said Cooper. "My plan was just to go fast and clear. There
was one purple jump that is at an angle and normally I knock it down, but I
was lucky and this time I left it up. We hit the last jump too, but it
managed to stay in the cup and not roll out. He was great."
Luck and planning seemed to work as the pair's fault free time of 34.246
seconds put them on top with seven more competitors to ride. Karen Polle
and Cachette Z had the next clear and threatened Cooper's lead, but they
just missed, crossing the timers in 34.492. There was no change in the
standings as the remaining five riders all incurred faults. Cooper finished
first, Polle was second and Corts took third place.
"This is definitely my biggest win at the Classic," said Cooper. "He was
The win in the Carolex Derby also gave Cooper and Kosta the Amateur-Owner
Jumper 1.40m Championship title.
The Hampton Classic Horse Show is one of the most prestigious horse shows in
the nation and features competitors at every level from young children in
leadline to Olympic veterans. The Classic continues through Sunday when it
culminates with the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier.
For those who can't make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long
Island television station of the Hampton Classic, is broadcasting up to five
hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These
broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv.
Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501.c.3 charitable corporation. It
benefits Southampton Hospital and has contributed more than $1.5 million to
the hospital since it began.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the
Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.