Articles: Press Release
Nikko Ritter Wins the Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby
At the 30th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show
Marty Bauman (518) 523-9625, email@example.com
Bridgehampton, NY—September 4, 2005— The first time was the charm for Nikko
Ritter of Geneva, FL, who won the $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby at
the 30th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show on Sunday in his first try riding
Qroqant Z, owned by Wendy Ritter-Peralta and Sea Breeze Farm. Ritter and
his mare from Argentina jumped to the top with a clear jump-off round in
“I am very, very happy to win this class,” said Ritter after his win in the
Derby, a member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic
Series. “My goal was to come here and finish at least third.”
This was a lofty goal considering that Ritter had only been riding his mare
for four weeks. Additionally, he and Qroqant Z finished in the middle of the
pack with eight faults in Friday’s qualifier. This time around, the pair
went clean to be one of only six that made it into the jump-off. Ritter was
first in the order, which he thought was to his advantage.
“I was going to go as fast as I could without knocking any rails,” said
Ritter. I wanted to put pressure on the rest of the riders to catch up. I
knew I had Brianne (Goutal) going after me and the other day she took three
seconds off everyone else’s time.”
Brianne Goutal of New York, NY and Onira, the top qualifiers in the Final,
took third in the class with a clear round and a time of 42.878. Goutal had
the additional distinction of receiving the prestigious Antares Style of
Riding Award given to the jumper rider displaying, in the opinion of the
jumper judges, the best style of riding at the Hampton Classic.
“I am really honored to receive this award,” said Goutal who won individual
and team Gold Medals at this summer’s CN North American Young Riders’
Championships. “I felt my horse jumped amazingly well and I couldn’t have
asked for anything more.”
Addison Phillips of New York, NY, who won individual Silver and team Gold
at Young Riders, gave everyone a scare on her first of two horses that she
qualified for the jump-off. Going into the final fence, they left out a
stride and fell. Phillips dusted herself off and then amazed the crowd with
a courageous ride on her other horse, Flight, finishing fault-free in a time
of 42.598 for second place.
The Hampton Classic is a benefit event for Southampton Hospital.
Some Hampton Classic classes can be seen live online at www.wvvh.tv.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the
Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.