Articles: Horse News
Ward Unbeatable In $50,000 Spy Coast Grand Prix At Hampton Classic
He Rides To First and Third Places
McLain Ward, on Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, won the $50,000 Spy Coast
Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier at the Hampton
Classic. (ESI photo)
Marty Bauman, 631-537-5177, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgehampton, NY -- Aug. 31 2012 -- McLain Ward is hard to beat at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. On Friday
afternoon Ward rode Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve to victory in the $50,000 Spy
Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, and he grabbed
third place on Antares F.
As the third rider to start in the 13-horse jump-off, Ward, on Antares F,
stopped the timers just 0.02 seconds short of the mark Kent Farrington had
set right before him on Venus (42.26 seconds). Four more riders tried and
failed to lower Farringtons time before Ward returned to the Grand Prix ring
on Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve. Ward, 36, visibly set his jaw to go for first
place and then submarined the two leading times, finishing in 40.33 seconds.
Only one of the remaining six riders finished faultlessly as they attempted
to surpass the top pair. Farrington, of Chicago, Ill., kept second place.
I knew I had second with Antares when I came back in, and I thought we could
hold it, so I figured Id go for it, said Ward. Pjotter is a very fast horse.
This was the third jumper class that Ward, of Brewster, N.Y., has won at
this show and the third time in the last four years that hes won this
class. And on Sunday hell try to win the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix for the
fourth consecutive year. In 2009 and 2010, he won it on Sapphire, his 2004
and 2008 Olympic team gold medal mount, and in 2011 he won it on Antares F,
his 2012 Olympic mount. In 2011 Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve won the $30,000
Pilatus Cup, which will take place on Saturday.
On Sunday, though, Ward and Antares F will have a new challenge. The FTI
Grand Prix is now part of the new Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge,
which awards a $200,000 bonus to a horse-and-rider combination if they 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 in the same year. Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon
on Antares F in May, so hes the only rider who can win the bonus in 2012.
Antares feels great, and I hope hell perform as well on Sunday, said Ward.
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.
For those who can't 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