Articles: Press Release
Brianne Goutal and Mon Gamin Take Colorful Victory in $15,000 Arcadia
Aviation 1.40m Speed Derby at Hampton Classic Horse Show
Contact: Meg Schermerhorn, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgehampton, NY-August 28, 2009-Brianne Goutal of New York City and Mon
Gamin-Cloverleaf Farm's famed "painted pony"-showed their winning colors in
the $15,000 Arcadia Aviation 1.40m Speed Derby at the Hampton Classic Horse
Show. The pair breezed through the course in a time of 75.850 seconds, with
Ireland's Darragh Kenney and Indy Star II on their heels for a second-place
finish with 75.940.
The 34th Hampton Classic, one of the nation's premier show jumping
competitions, 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 the show are McLain Ward and Chris
Kappler, members of the United States' 2004 Gold Medal Olympic show jumping
team, as well as legendary riders such as Olympian and Hall-of-Famer Joe
Mon Gamin, a pinto Selle Francais gelding, flew over the fences, his
brown-and-white coat with tinges of black painting an unusual blaze of color
on the Grand Prix field, which is traditionally dominated by grays, solid
browns and bays. Always a crowd-pleaser, Mon Gamin is a celebrity in his own
right, being the inspiration for a Breyer horse model carrying his name.
Goutal could not have been more proud of the 14-year-old horse, which she
has ridden since he was purchased a 6-year-old stallion. "I'm so happy with
him. He is so brave and always super-careful. He is a competitive horse
every time and never lets me down," she said.
This is the pair's sixth year at the Hampton Classic. Said Goutal, who is a
20-year-old sophomore at Brown College: "We came prepared and stuck to our
plan. It's always great when your plan works out."
A proper plan was essential to successfully negotiate the challenging
course, which foiled a number of veteran horse-and-rider
combinations. Particular challenges came from a water-and-bridge complex
with faux seagulls atop moorings and a bank that has traditionally separated
the field at the Classic.
Goutal did not find the number of refusals at those obstacles
surprising. "This field is notorious for unnatural jumps," she said, noting
that the darkness of the water and the bobbing "geese" in it tend to unnerve
a horse. Because the bank is directly beside the VIP tent, horses that shy
atop it see the tent seem to suddenly veer toward them, giving them
claustrophobia. "Some veteran horses that have jumped the bank in Aachen
[Germany] with no problem won't do it here," said Goutal.
While Mon Gamin didn't even blink at either the bank or the water, several
horses refused one or both, some spinning atop the bank and scrambling to
get away. Kenney's first ride in the class, Castletto, tried that, but with
strong urging from Kenney, the horse zipped up, over and down the bank on
the second try. Indy Star II, also piloted by Kenney, found the bank a
cakewalk, as did Bazooka de Muze, on which Kenney finished tenth. After the
competition, a jovial Kenney quipped that his strategy had been the same on
every ride-"try to get over the fences without knocking them down."
Callen Solem placed third with Warsaw (77.310), followed by Olympian Norman
dello Joio, who was fourth aboard Maarten (78.540).
The Hampton Classic continues through the weekend. Exhibitors and spectators
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:
$30,000 FENDI Cup on Saturday, August 29
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.
$25,000 Carolex Show Jumping Derby on Sunday,
The Classic is also receiving extensive coverage on WLIU 88.3 FM, the
official radio station of the Hampton Classic. WLIU is broadcasting updates
daily throughout the Classic, with live programs from the Classic through
Sunday, August 30.