Articles: Horse News
Ward Rides To Fourth Win At 37th Hampton Classic
Vocas Is Victorious in $30,000 Pilatus Cup
McLain Ward and Vocas, winners of the $30,000 Pilatus Cup at the Hampton
Classic Horse Show. Shawn McMillen Photo.
Marty Bauman, 631-537-5177, email@example.com
Bridgehampton, NY -- Sept. 1, 2012 -- McLain Ward scored his fourth victory this week at the 37th Annual Hampton
Classic Horse Show when he guided Vocas to the top prize in the $30,000
Pilatus Cup on Saturday afternoon. This was also his second consecutive
victory in the Pilatus Cup and his third victory in the class in the last
Vocas was the only one of the five horses who qualified for the jump-off to
finish the second round faultlessly, which he did in 34.22
seconds. Twisther and Jonathan McCrea, of Suffield, Conn., finished second
(4 faults/31.87 seconds), while Carribas Z and Irish rider Richie Maloney
finished third (4/32.61).
Twisther just caught the final oxer with a hind foot, and Carribas Z faulted
at the double combination, the second-last fence.
I actually thought Richies horse was the fastest horse in the jump-off, so I
was glad he had that one down before I went, and then John kind of gave it
to me at the last fence, said Ward, of Brewster, N.Y.
Wards only disappointment today was that Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, with
whom he won Fridays $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand
Prix qualifier, didnt make it to the jump-off. The chestnut gelding lowered
two fences in he first round. Vocas won the $7,5000 Prudential Douglas
Elliman 1.45m Open Jumper class on Thursday.
Its been a really good week so far. The horses have been performing really
well, and I hope we can do it again tomorrow, said Ward, referring to
Sundays $250,000 FTI Grand Prix, which hell be seeking to win for the second
straight year on Antares F.
The 37th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, Sept. 2, and
features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent
shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions. The Classic features
six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and
riders of all ages.
The highlight of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI
Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier on Sunday, September
2. . This year, the Grand Prix is part of the new Taylor
Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus
should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000
Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at
the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the
Alltech National Horse Show. Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand
Prix of Devon on Antares F in May and now stands to win the
$200,000 bonus should he ride Antares F to wins in the
remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown
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 on line at www.wvvh.tv.
All classes held in the Grand Prix Ring are available live
throughout the horse show on webcasts provided by ShowNet.
Access to this pay-per-view stream may be found on the
Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com, or via
ShowNet membership at www.ShowNet.biz. In addition, most of
the Classics jumper and hunter classes from all other rings
will also be available, many live, through ShowNet at
Two additional outlets, the USEF Network.com, Presented by
SmartPak, and HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will both
offer free live webcasts of the Classics featured event, the
$250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier on
Sunday, September 2 starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT. These free
live webcasts are available at www.USEFNetwork.com and
Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at 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