Articles: Press Release
Anne Kursinski Rides to the Top of the Land Rover Open Jumper Stake
at the 29th Annual Hampton Classic
Marty Bauman or Jennifer Ward, 631-537-2502 ext.3019
Bridgehampton, NY - September 2, 2004 - Anne Kursinski of Flemington,
NJ, rode away the winner of the $5,000 Land Drover Open Jumper Stake on
Thursday, September 2, at the 29th Hampton Classic Horse Show in
Not only was Kursinski the winner, she was also named the Open Jumper
Champion for her consistent performances in the division riding Scott
Hakim's Roxanna 112. Making her championship title even more
impressive, Kursinski and the 10-year-old bay Hessen mare have only been
partnered together one week, making their competitive debut at the
Hampton Classic Horse Show.
Kursinski, herself a 1988 and 1996 Olympic Team Silver Medallist, beat
out three other Olympians on her way to victory. One of 15 riders from
the original starting field of 60 to advance to the jump-off over the
course set by course designer and 1984 Team Gold and Individual Silver
Olympic Medallist Conrad Homfeld, Kursinski turned in a time of 31.78
seconds. Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, placed second in a time of
32.12 seconds riding the nine-year-old chestnut gelding, Narem, while
McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, earned third riding Goldika, a 12-year-old
bay mare, for Double H Farm, stopping the timers at 33.20 seconds. The
Hampton Classic Horse Show marks Ward's first competition appearance
since helping the United States Equestrian Team claim the Olympic Silver
Medal last week in Athens, Greece.
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 Sunday's
$150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix. Friday's featured events
include the Show Jumping Derby Welcome Stake that acts as a qualifier
for Sunday's $25,000 Calvin Klein Jeans Show Jumping Derby while the
$30,000 AdequanR Grand Prix Qualifier, also a World Cup Qualifier, will
determine the top thirty horse-rider combinations that advance to
Sunday's $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix. Other highlights
include the Washington International Equitation Jumper phase, the U.S.
Equestrian Pony Medal, and the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay.
With boutiques, on-site restaurants and a wide variety of displays and
activities, there is fun for the whole family. 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 the Hampton Classic website at
www.hamptonclassic.com or call