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McLain Ward Takes Over the Leader Board in the $30,000 Nicolock Open Jumper Challenge at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show
Photo courtesy of: Kyla Cytryn
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
Bridgehampton, NYSeptember 2, 2011 McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, dominated
the $30,000 Nicolock Open Jumper Challenge finishing first, third, and
fourth at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY,
Ward won on Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, owned by Louisburg Farm, the first of
the three that he rode in the jump-off. The pair stopped the clock at 37.44
seconds, and set a blazing pace for the other thirteen that made it to the
I know he is a very quick horse, Ward said of Pjotter. I didnt want to do
anything foolish, but I wanted to really set a hard pace to catch.
Andrew Bourns of Ireland tried hard to beat that pace on Round Thorn
Madious, but was unsuccessful, riding in a double clear time of 38.79
seconds. Ward was third on his
Oh D Eole and fourth on Vocas, owned by Louisburg Farm.
It was actually quite a big thrill for us. It was quite a difficult course,
said Ward. I had three very nice, careful, somewhat experienced horses that
all performed beautifully for us. Pjotter is probably most experienced so I
wanted to set the pace with him, but the other two also responded well.
Ward won an open jumper class in the grand prix ring on Thursday, Friday,
and Saturday. On Sunday he has a chance to win a class for the fourth
consecutive day in the featured event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI
World Cup Qualifier. Ward holds the record with five wins in the Grand Prix
and if he wins again on Sunday it will be his third consecutive victory.
One of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation, the Hampton Classic
managed to keep almost its entire competition schedule, albeit compressed
from eight days into five. The Classic runs through Sunday, September 4.
The Classics revised show schedule is available on line at the Hampton
Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com. The Classic is also providing
frequent updates on its Facebook page.
For those who cant make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the
official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic,
broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each
day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen
online at www.wvvh.tv.
Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is
available on the Hampton Classic website at
www.hamptonclassic.com or by calling (631) 537-3177. Hampton
Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) charitable corporation.