Articles: Press Release
Aimee Aron Enjoys Stylish Win in $25,000 Calvin Klein Jeans Derby
at the 29th Annual Hampton Classic
Marty Bauman or Jennifer Ward, 631-537-2502 ext.3019
Bridgehampton, NY - September 5, 2004 - Aimee Aron of Keswick, VA, enjoyed
yet another win at the Hampton Classic Horse Show, scoring victory in the
$25,000 Calvin Klein Jeans Show Jumping Derby on 'Grand Prix Sunday'.
Aron, who won Wednesday's $10,000 Jaguar Open Jumper Competition as well as
Saturday's $30,000 GGET Six-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Finals, was
among the top 30 junior and amateur riders to qualify for Sunday's $25,000
Calvin Klein Jeans Show Jumping Derby on September 5.
While eight horses moved forward to the jump-off, 15-year-old Aron set a
blistering fast pace of 35.02 seconds riding Jamaica that could not be beat.
As the final rider on course, 15-year-old Addison Phillips of New York, NY,
winner of Saturday's $10,000 Calvin Klein Jeans Equitation Championship,
came close with a time of 35.79 seconds, but she was not fast enough to
"She is a wonderful mare," praised Aron of the 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood
purchased almost five years ago from Olympian Emile Hendrix of the
Netherlands. "No one has ever shown her except for me since we bought her,
so we have a very special bond. She's incredible."
Aron, who is entering grade 10 in Virginia, trains with Sydney Olympian
Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI. While they aren't exactly next-door
neighbors, Kraut and Aron spend the summer competing together and, during
the rest of the year, meet up at horse shows.
Finishing in third place was Paige Johnson of The Plains, VA, who was also
clear in a time of 38.66 seconds riding Reddy Teddy while fourth place went
to Christian Currey of Franklin, TN, with Point Blank. Gabby Slome of
Riverdale, NY, was the only other rider to go double clear, placing fifth
with Espina du Manoir.
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, marking the perfect end to the perfect summer in the Hamptons. 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 Sunday's $150,000 Prudential Financial
Grand Prix. With boutiques, on-site restaurants and a wide variety of
displays and activities, the Hampton Classic offers something for the whole
family, all for the benefit of Southampton Hosptial.
For more information on the Hampton Classic, please visit