Articles: Press Release
Hillary Dobbs and Corlett Fly to Win $50,000 Carolex Grand Prix Qualifier at Hampton
Classic Horse Show
Marty Bauman, 631-537-2502 ext. 3055, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgehampton, NY-August 29, 2008-It was a tight race, but no one could catch Hillary
Dobbs of Sussex, N.J., and Corlett in the $50,000 Carolex Grand Prix Qualifier at
the Hampton Classic Horse Show. First to go in the jump-off, the pair set the pace
for seven other horses and won with a clean round in 39.23 seconds. Louis Jacobs
of East Aurora, N.Y., finished a close second on Kachina (39.54) and Todd Minikus
of Wellington, Fla., was third on Ultimo Van Ter Moude (40.95), both with double-clean
One of the nation's premier show jumping competitions, the Hampton Classic continues
through Sunday, August 31. The Classic hosts hunter/jumper competition for riders
ranging from the youngest competitors in Leadline and Short Stirrup classes all
the way up to Olympic veterans in the $200,000 FTI Grand Prix. Show entries include
two Olympic riders who flew in directly from the Olympic show jumping competition
in Hong Kong: McLain Ward, a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. team, and individual
gold medalist Eric Lamaze of Canada.
Dobbs, who had four faults in the first round with another horse, Quincy B, now
finds herself in a difficult but enviable position: having to choose which of her
mounts to ride in Sunday's $200,000 FTI Grand Prix. All riders who completed the
course in the Carolex Grand Prix Qualifier are eligible to enter Sunday's grand
prix, but they are allowed to compete on only horse.
So will it be Corlett or Quincy B?
"It's a great but tough choice to have to make," said Dobbs, 20, a student at Harvard
University. "All my horses are wonderful, and I am so fortunate to have them. Saturday
will be a stretching day for them and a strategizing day for me."
She beamed when speaking about Corlett, who had been her sister's junior jumper,
calling her "a special horse" that is "very honest and reliable." The pair won
the Speed Bank Derby this summer at Falsterbo, an exceptionally challenging jumping
course in Sweden that was part of a European show jumping tour in which Dobbs competed
for the U.S. Equestrian Federation. She and Corlett finished third earlier this
week in the Hampton Classic's $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge, which Dobbs won
Although Quincy is more experienced than Corlett, Dobbs laughingly described Quincy
as having been "in the sky" in the first round of the Carolex Grand Prix Qualifier,
referring to the huge jumping efforts he made over the fences. Whether Quincy or
Corlett will be her mount for Sunday's grand prix, she said, will be a communal
decision made among Dobbs and her trainers, Missy Clark and John Brennan of Warren,
Clark watched intently from the rail as Dobbs rode to her win in the Carolex Grand
Prix Qualifier. After the jump-off, Clark commented on the challenge Dobbs had
faced going first on the shortened course. "It's always hard to go first, but there
was a striding option between the second and third fences," said Clark. "We did
it in one less stride than most did, so they had to catch us."
The jump-off was a highly technical course incorporating several verticals and combinations
from the first round that were configured into tight turn patterns. A particular
challenge was a double combination requiring an immediate 90-degree turn to the
next fence. In the jump-off the double gave pause to some of even the most seasoned
horses, causing rubs, knockdowns and a refusal.
With his placing in the class, Minikus maintained his lead in the Vox Rider Challenge,
a new award sponsored by VOX Magazine. Hobbs remains in second place and Jacobs
moved into third. The Vox Rider Challenge offers $30,000 in prize money to the
top four riders in the horse show's Open Jumper division. Riders have the chance
to compete all week in the open jumper classes, with the top finish in each class,
regardless of mount, being counted towards their final point totals. The winners
will be presented with their prize money on Sunday afternoon following the $200,000
FTI Grand Prix.
Also on Friday, Callan Solem of Colt's Neck, N.J., rode Mianta, owned by Quiet Winter
Farm, to win the $15,000 Prudential Douglas Elliman Speed Derby. Olympians McLain
Ward on Quo Vadis and Joe Fargis on Ingaletta were second and third, respectively.
With more than $500,000 in prize money, 50,000 spectators and 1,500 horses, the
Hampton Classic is not only a sporting event of major proportions, but also one
of the most noteworthy social events of the Hamptons' summer season.
Other upcoming highlights in the Hampton Classic's Grand Prix Ring include: Cablevision
Kid's Day on Saturday, featuring the $30,000 Sotheby's International Realty Challenge
and the final phase of the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Equitation Championship.
Sunday is highlighted by the $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby, a member of
event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, and the $10,000 Hermès
Hunter Classic. Both these classes take place in the morning prior to the $200,000
FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup(TM) Qualifier, which will be held Sunday afternoon.
Those unable to attend the Hampton Classic have opportunity to see it on television.
WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, is
broadcasting up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the
Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv. The $200,000
FTI Grand Prix will also air on Animal Planet on Saturday, October 4 at 3:00 pm
The Classic is also receiving extensive coverage on WLIU 88.3 FM, a long-time sponsor
and the official radio station of the Hampton Classic. WLIU is broadcasting updates
daily throughout the Classic to go along with live programs from the Classic on
Sunday, August 24 and Friday-Sunday, August 29-31. Friday's live broadcast is anchored
by WLIU's midday host, Brian Cosgrove, while the weekend broadcasts are anchored
by Bonnie Grice and Porter Bibb.
The 2009 Hampton Classic will be held one week earlier than usual. Rather than
culminating on Labor Day week-end, the 34th annual Hampton Classic will open on
Sunday, August 23 and conclude on Sunday, August 30. The Classic will return to
its traditional dates in 2010.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton
Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic
Horse Show, Inc. is a 501.c.3 charitable corporation.