Articles: Press Release
Hillary Dobbs Claims Repeat Win in $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge to Open
Hampton Classic Horse Show
Meg Schermerhorn, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgehampton, NY-August 23, 2009-Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ, and Marengo
returned to reclaim their title, winning a second consecutive $20,000
Nicolock Time Challenge, the feature jumping competition on the Opening Day
at the 34th Hampton Classic Horse Show.
One of the nation's premier show jumping competitions, the Hampton Classic
continues through Sunday, August 30. 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 $250,000 FTI
Grand Prix. Entered in th e show are all four members of the United States'
2004 Gold Medal Olympic team-Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, Peter Wylde and
Dobbs, 21, a senior at Harvard University, won the $20,000 Nicolock Time
Challenge with a time of 55.85 seconds. Second was Kirk Webby of New Zealand
with Cosmopolite S (59.44), followed by Ramiro Quintana of Wellington, Fla.,
on Q's Charm, who placed third (59.92).
Dobbs was jubilant Sunday about the performance of her horses, which are
owned by The Dobbs Group. She described Marengo, a Dutch warmblood gelding,
as "an especially fast horse" whose forte is speed classes.
"If I ride Marengo correctly, we always have a shot [at winning]," she
said. "I took some risks out there, but I know this horse. We think
similarly--we both like to go fast."
Dobbs thanked her trainers, Missy Clark and John Brennan, for consistently
finding her "wonderful horses that match me." She is particularly proud of
another horse she rode in the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge: Udento VDL, a
stunning grey Dutch warmblood stallion. The 8-year-old also looked to be in
the ribbons in Sunday's Nicolock until late in the course, when he lightly
rubbed a rail, which came down. Dobbs attributed it to rider error.
She is fresh off a sweep of major victories two weeks ago at the Vermont
Summer Festival in East Dorset with Marengo. Aboard Marengo, Dobbs won both
the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix and the Open Welcome
Stake. In the latter class, she also placed fifth and sixth aboard Marlo
and Corlett, respectively.
Dobbs, who has competed in Europe for the U.S. Equestrian Federation, called
the Hampton Classic "our [country's] version of the elite shows in Europe."
She said course designer Conrad Homfeld's Nicolock course provided lots of
options for riders and provided her with "a great start-off to the week."
In addition to the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge, Opening Day at the
Hampton Classic included the third annual WLIU 88.3 FM National Anthem
Singing Contest, which was emceed by the radio station's popular host,
Bonnie Grice. High school senior Olivia Ashley Reed, 17, won the contest,
which was broadcast live on WLIU. The resident of Sag Harbor and Freeport
won in a live "sing-off" for the right to perform the national anthem in the
Grand Prix ring prior to the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge.
In other Opening Day activities:
* This year's Old Field Trophy - Long Island Sportsmanship Award
was presented to Alvin Topping by Elite Equine Shavings. Old Field Farm
created the award two years ago to honor a Long Island horse person who has
demonstrated excellence in sportsmanship. Topping owns Swan Creek Farm in
Bridgehampton. He is on the board of directors of the U.S. Hunter Jumper
Association and is vice-chair of the Zone 2 committee.
* Robert Chaloner, President and CEO of Southampton Hospital,
welcomed spectators to the Hampton Classic Horse Show. The hospital has
been a community partner with the show since its inception more than 30
years ago and has been the recipient of more than $1 million in
contributions from the show during that time.
* Exciting dog agility demonstrations by the ASPCA and SNAPDOGS, a
Long Island-based K9 agility team, wowed spectators. The event included a
Celebrity Canine Obstacle Course Half-Time Entertainment Show, which took
place in the horse show's Grand Prix field. Celebrities who participated
with their adopted or rescued dogs included actress Aida Turturro and her
dog Buddy, actress Kristen Johnston with her dog, Pinky, as well as Jill
Rappaport and her dog, Petey.
Opening Day featured hundreds of Long Island competitors and was highlighted
by the popular Leadline competition in the Grand Prix ring, where 100
youngsters under the age of 8 held center stage in the morning before giving
way to theOpening Day Ceremony at noon.
Both exhibitors and spectators alike are sure to be excited to see the
$50,000 increase in prize money in this year's FTI Grand Prix and FEI World
Cup Qualifier. The $250,000 Grand Prix event serves as the horse show's
feature attraction and takes place on Sunday, August 30.
Other upcoming highlights include:
- Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities
Finals on Monday, August 24
- $10,000 Wolffer Estate Equitation Championship
on Thursday, August 27 (Phase I) and Saturday,
August 29 (Phase II)
- $15,000 Arcadia Aviation Speed Derby on Friday, August 28
- $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier on
Friday, August 28
- $30,000 FENDI Cup on Saturday, August 29
- $25,000 Carolex Show
Jumping Derby on
Sunday, August 30
Those unable to attend the Hampton Classic will have ample opportunity to
see it on television. WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station
of the Hampton Classic, will broadcast 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 Classic will also receive extensive coverage on WLIU 88.3 FM, the
official radio station of the Hampton Classic. WLIU will broadcast updates
daily throughout the Classic as well as live programs from the Classic on
Sunday, August 23 and Thursday-Sunday, August 27-30.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the
Hampton Classic website at www.hamptoncl assic.com or call (631) 537-3177.
Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501.c.3 charitable corporation.
Place Rider Horse Owner Hometown Time
1 HILLARY DOBBS MARENGO The Dobbs Group Sussex, NJ 55.580
2 KIRK WEBBY COSMOPOLITE S Peter Kraft, Tracy Howe & Kirk Webby New Zealand
3 RAMIRO QUINTANA Q'S CHARM Kathryn Quirk Wellington, FL 59.920
4 SHANE SWEETNAM UNA DONJA Spy Coast Farm LLC Wellington, FL 60.060
5 CASSANDRA HERMAN GALLOP DE BEAUMONT Cassandra Herman Westport, CT 61.610
6 MOLLY ASHE CAWLEY CABANZA Olivia Jack Fairfield, CT 61.890
7 VICTORIA BIRDSALL JERREMY Natalie Johnson Topsfield, MA 62.350
8 DARRAGH KENNY PALONA Olympic Dreams LLC Ireland 62.590
9 MARILYN R LITTLE - MEREDITH UPPSALA W Raylyn Farms Inc. Frederick, MD
10 BRIANNE GOUTAL MON GAMIN Cloverleaf Farm New York, NY 63.550
11 FEDERICO SZTYRLE ESPLANADE 7 Louisburg Farm Boston, MA 63.850
12 TRACEY WEINBERG CROMWELL Tracy Weinberg & The Weinberg Brokerage Group
Lovettsville, VA 63.960