Articles: Press Release
Candice King Crowned the Winner of the David Yurman Open Jumper at
the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show
Jennifer Ward, (631) 537-2502 ext. 3019,
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY— August 27, 2002 — A large field of show jumping
competitors took to the grand prix field in the $5,000 David Yurman Open
Jumper competition, but it was Candice King who was crowned the winner at
the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show.
Of the 69 horses that contested the competition, King of Wellington, FL, was
able to post a clear round in the fastest time, 68.47 seconds, with Espadon.
“I went in to try to get a piece of the competition, but also to keep him
confident,” said King of the 10-year-old selle francais gelding that was
purchased in Belgium this past January. “He’s a special horse, he is like
my best friend.”
King used the $5,000 David Yurman Open Jumper competition to determine if
she will compete in Friday’s $30,000 Adequan Grand Prix, and Espandon
certainly proved he is up to the challenge.
Double Olympic gold medallist Joe Fargis of Middleburg, VA, finished the day
as runner-up, clocking in with a time of 69.31 seconds riding Diams III.
Local rider Laura Bowery, 33, of Bridgehampton, NY, was third with Gandini
Sky Boy, a 12-year-old Hannoverian gelding owned by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Olympic silver medallist Peter Leone of Franklin Lakes, NJ, was fourth
riding Rastella while New York’s Sheila Burke rounded out the top five with
her seasoned partner, Jamison. The only other rider to post a clear round
was Argentina’s Federico Sztyrle who now makes his home in Bridgehampton,
The Hampton Classic is one of the nation’s premier show jumping
competitions. Many of the world’s best equestrians are competing for more
than $250,000 in prize money during the Classic, which benefits the
Southampton Hospital. Each day of the show is devoted to special events and
social activities, culminating with the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand
Prix on Sunday, September 1.
Other featured show jumping events during the Hampton Classic include the
$15,000 W.G.H.R. Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, the $25,000 Sally Hansen
Grand Prix, the $30,000 Adequan Grand Prix, the $50,000 Eastern Finals of
the Young Jumper Championships, and the $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping
Derby for riders under the age of 21.
In addition to the competition, spectators will be treated to a variety of
other exciting exhibits including the Boutiques Garden’s numerous vendor
booths, Stable Row’s 20 booths, three on-site public restaurants, and an
Exhibition Horse/Children’s area open throughout the week.
The Hampton Classic continues through Sunday, September 1. Admission is $5
per person or $15 per carload per day, with children under 6 admitted free.
Reserved grandstand seating for Sunday, September 1, is $15 per person (in
addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission) or $25 per person for
premium front-row seating. Parking throughout the show is free.
For more information and full competition results, please visit the Hampton
Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call 631-537-3177.