Articles: Press Release
Jeffrey Welles Polishes Off a Win in the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix
at the 29th Annual Hampton Classic
Marty Bauman or Jennifer Ward, 631-537-2502 ext.3019
Bridgehampton, NY - September 4, 2004 - Jeffrey Welles of Pound Stone, NY,
proved to be tough as nails, winning the $25,000 Sally Hanson Grand Prix in
a two-horse jump-off at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.
The featured event on Saturday, September 4, the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand
Prix took its toll on the world's best, with only two of the 41-horse
starting field able to master the challenging test set by course designer
The 11th rider on course, Clare Bronfman of New Hope, PA, posted a clear
round riding Katerina, her 13-year-old Swiss mare, then waiting patiently
for someone else to do the same, ensuring a jump-off. The wait proved to be
longer than expected as it took until Welles, the second last rider on
course, to follow suit.
"It was interesting, in a field that big you have an expectation that there
will be a jump-off," noted Bronfman. "Conrad built a very technical course
that took a lot of precision, and the time allowed was a factor, but I
thought it was quite enjoyable."
Coming back for the jump-off, Bronfman set the challenge, again jumping
clear and clocking in with what appeared to be a very efficient time at
40.13 seconds. Welles, the winner of the class in 2000 and 2001, was not to
be outdone, repeating his perfect first round effort and shaving almost two
full seconds off Bronfman's time to stop the timers at 39.10 seconds.
"You needed a careful horse, the combinations were tricky, and it was an
advantage to have already ridden the course with my other horses," noted
Welles, who also rode Medici M, and Penelope with whom he placed 12th. "It
was also difficult to complete the first round and then immediately go back
in for the jump-off, my horse was really huffing and puffing, but he is
really fit so that was a big help."
Welles was aboard Octavius, an eight-year-old black Dutch Warmblood stallion
by Jumbo Jet. Welles has been riding the horse, owned by International Show
Jumpers LLC, for the past year and a half.
Despite being the runner-up, Bronfman was happy with her result, which
marked her first top-three Grand Prix finish at the Hampton Classic Horse
"Here's the thing - if you look down the list of rider's competing and you
pick the fastest rider, it is Jeffrey," laughed Bronfman, 25. "You just go
in there and do your best and enjoy it. When there are only two of you, you
want to be clear and competitive. I have a fast mare, and I know I can be
quick no matter what. I haven't made it to that many Grand Prix jump-offs
in my career, so I went in and jumped the jumps and really enjoyed it."
Christine Tribble of East Windsor, CT, narrowly missed qualifying for the
jump-off when she exceeded the 87 second time allowed to incur one time
fault riding Laddidor. McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, posted the fastest four
fault round riding Goldika for Double H Farm while Norman Dello Joio of
Wellington, FL, placed fifth after having the Sally Hansen signature fence
down to incur four faults riding Quriel.
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, and culminates with Sunday's $150,000 Prudential Financial
Grand Prix. 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 the first
time, live coverage of the 2004 Hampton Classic Horse Show can be viewed
on-line at www.wvvh.tv
For more information on the Hampton Classic, please visit
http://www.hamptonclassic.com/ or call (631)