Articles: Horse News
Larrazabal Charges To $15,000 Speed Derby Win At Hampton Classic
Young Venezuelan Leads The Veterans on Friday Morning
Luis Larrazabal, on G&C Lepanto, won the $15,000 Speed Derby, presented by
Sotheby's, at the Hampton Classic.
Marty Bauman, 631-537-5177, email@example.com
Bridgehampton, NY -- Aug. 31, 2012 -- Even though the Grand Prix Ring at the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse
Show is hosting five Olympic gold medalists and many other international
stars this week, Friday mornings jumper classes belonged to two teenagers
whose eyes are set on similar accomplishments. Luis Larrazabal, 19, won the
$15,000 Speed Derby, presented by Sothebys, and Victoria Colvin, 14, won the
$10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake.
Riding G&C Lepanto, Larrazabal, a native of Venezuela, stopped the
clock in 73.38 seconds. Ronan McGuigan, an Irish native, stepped on
the gas to try to win his second class of the week on Capall
Zidane, but he fell just fractions short (73.42 seconds). Two-time
Olympic gold medalist Beezie Madden guided Zhivago to an
efficiently fast time of 75.05 seconds to claim third.
Larrazabal said the key to victory was keeping a steady pace. You had to be
smooth, to let them run. You had to go from the first to the last, he said.
For the first time this week, course designer Guilherme Jorge of
Brazil utilized all of the natural jumps in the Grand Prix
Ringthe open water, the double liverpools, the double bank and the
live hedges. He doesnt look at anything. He just goes, but he jumps the
natural jumps better, said Larrazabal. This ring is a little bit spooky, so
its a good ring for horses like him, because it makes them be more careful.
Larrazabal moved to Wellington, Fla., three years ago to advance
his show jumping career.
In the class prior to the Speed Derby, Colvin, of Loxahatchee,
Fla., stopped the timers in 70.05 seconds to win the $10,000
Junior/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake on Monsieur De Reverdy. Abigail
McCardle, of Barrington Heights, Ill., sped to a close second place
on Cosma 20 (70.49 seconds), and Taylor Land, of Alpharetta, Ga.,
claimed third on Nepal (71.25).
Moments after accepting her first-placed prizes in the Grand Prix Ring,
Colvin ran to the next-door Anne Aspinall Ring to collect the championship
and reserve championship in the large junior hunter, 15 & under, division,
with Way Cool and Inclusive, both owned by Dr. Betsee Parker.
Its really fun for me to go back and forth between the two rings and the two
classes, said Colvin. Its really not hard. I just sing my way around the
ring. I sing the last song I heard, on the radio or on the loudspeakers here
at the show.
Colvin is riding seven horses at the Hampton Classic, but Monsieur
De Reverdy is the only horse that she owns. She purchased him from
her trainer, Scott Stewart, two years ago. Hes a good old soul. Hes only 12,
but hes like a grandpa until he gets in the ring. Then he says, Im
readylets go, said Colvin.
This class served as the qualifying competition for Sundays $25,000
David Yurman Show Jumping Derby. Im ready to go for it now, said Colvin.
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. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short
stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classics schedule, as well
as competitions for riders with disabilities.
The highlight of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI
Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier on Sunday, September
2. The Grand Prix, open to horses that successfully
complete Friday's $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show
Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, World
Champions and other show jumping veterans such as defending
champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward.
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 will also be
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 www.ShowNet.biz.
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