Articles: Press Release
Margie Engle Makes History with Third Consecutive Win in the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix at the 2002 Hampton Classic
Contact: Jennifer Ward, (631) 537-2502 ext. 3019 or 3020,
or Marty Bauman, 508-698-6810,
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY— September 1, 2002 — For the third year in a row, Margie
Goldstein-Engle of Wellington, FL, celebrated victory in the $150,000
Prudential Financial Grand Prix to close out the 27th annual Hampton Classic
Engle made Hampton Classic history by becoming the first rider to win the
$150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix for three consecutive years. From
the 37 horse-rider combinations who contested Sunday’s Grand Prix, Engle was
the first to post a clear round despite being only the fourth rider to
successfully tackle the challenge set by course designer Conrad Homfeld.
First back for the five-horse jump-off, there was no doubt of Engle’s intent
to win as she blistered around the course in a time of 41.58 seconds aboard
Hidden Creek’s Perin, her Sydney Olympic mount. Engle waited for the other
four riders to find out if her time would hold, but none who followed even
came close to besting Engle’s faultless performance.
“This is such a special event, the spectators are fantastic,” said Engle,
44, who claimed the winner’s share of $45,000 for the victory. “Making it
challenging was that I went early in the class, but everything worked out
just right. Perin is a world-class horse and he does it so easily. He’s
just so big and powerful.”
The win was even sweeter for Engle as she had a mishap earlier in the day
during the 6-Year-Old Young Jumper Championships, Eastern League Finals,
when she fell off and her foot became entangled in the stirrup.
“Luckily my boot came off, but I was hoping it would stretch my leg!” joked
the diminutive Engle.
Long-time United States Equestrian Team rider Debbie Stephens’ strategy to
go slow and steady paid off with a clear round in a time of 47.68 seconds,
over six seconds slower than Engle. Her best finish in all the years
competing at the Hampton Classic, Stephens earned $33,000 for her
performance with the small yet careful Chappie.
“This is the only horse show in America that feels like you’re in Europe!”
commented Stephens, who had just returned from competing aboard. “I love
this horse show!”
Local rider Laura Bowery of Bridgehampton, NY, had her best finish in the
$150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, finishing third with Florin du
Murier, an eight-year-old selle francais gelding owned by Mr. and Mrs.
“I’m trying to teach this horse to go fast at these heights, and I was just
thrilled with him,” said the 33-year-old Bowery.
Joe Fargis was fourth with Edgar after having four faults in the jump-off
while 2000 Olympian Laura Kraut had the fastest time, 40.69 seconds, but
eight faults left her in fifth position with Liberty.
The $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix also marked the opening of the
U.S.A. East Coast World Cup Qualifying League. Engle takes the early lead
in the standings on the road to the Budweiser Show Jumping World Cup Final
to be held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, April 16-20,
The Hampton Classic is one of the nation’s premier show jumping
competitions. Many of the world’s best equestrians competed for more than
$250,000 in prize money during the Classic, benefiting the Southampton
Hospital. Each day of the show was devoted to special events and social
activities, and culminated with the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix
on Sunday, September 1.
In addition to the competition, spectators were treated to a variety of
other exciting exhibits including the Boutique Garden’s numerous vendor
booths, Stable Row’s 20 booths, three on-site public restaurants, and an
Exhibition Horse/Children’s area.
For more information and full competition results, please visit the Hampton
Classic website at
or call 631-537-3177.