Articles: Press Release
Aimee Aron Drives Away a Winner in the $10,000 Jaguar Open Jumper
at the 29th Annual Hampton Classic
Bridgehampton, NY - September 1, 2004 - Junior rider Aimee Aron of
Keswick, VA, topped a field of veterans to drive away a winner in the
$10,000 Jaguar Open Jumper Competition on Wednesday, September 1, at the
29th Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.
15-year-old Aron beat out 2004 Olympic Team Silver Medallist Beezie
Madden of Cazenovia, NY, who is competing for the first time since
returning home from Athens, and 1992 Olympic Individual Bronze Medallist
Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL, for the win.
"My trainer, Laura Kraut, told me to go in and be confident," said Aron,
who gained international experience this summer by competing in Europe.
"My horse is a real sweetheart, she is very easy to ride."
Aboard Corofina, a nine-year-old Holsteiner mare owned by Kinloch
Enterprises, Aron jumped fault-free in a time of 64.80 seconds to beat
Madden, who clocked in at 66.64 seconds aboard Iron Spring Farm's
15-year-old stallion, Judgement, by almost two full seconds. Dello Joio
finished another three seconds behind Madden, stopping the timers at
69.98 seconds with Peace Train, owned by Raining Stone Farm. Dello Joio
won Tuesday's $5,000 Sentient Jet Open Jumper competition with Sincere.
Each year the Hampton Classic Horse Show attracts more than 50,000
spectators and celebrities to watch the country's best horses and riders
compete. One of the nation's premier show jumping competitions, the
Hampton Classic boasts jam-packed social events and equestrian
competitions from August 29 to September 5, culminating with the
$150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix. Featured events on Thursday,
September 2, include the first round of the $10,000 Calvin Klein Jeans
Equitation Championship, the $5,000 Junior Jumper Classic and the $5,000
Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. With boutiques, on-site restaurants and a
wide variety of displays and activities, there is fun for the whole
The Hampton Classic is held for the benefit of the Southampton Hospital,
who will be offering free cholesterol and glucose screenings at their
on-site booth tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is $10 per
person or $20 per carload, with children under six admitted free.
Reserved grandstand seating for Sunday, September 5, is $15 per person
(in addition to regular admission) or $25 per person in the special
Premium Seating center sections. Parking is free throughout the week.
Hampton Classic proceeds benefit Southampton Hospital.
For more information on Manhattan Mortgage Company's Opening Day and the
Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at
call (631) 537-3177.