Articles: Press Release
McLain Ward Tough As Nails in $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix at the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show
Jennifer Ward, (631) 537-2502 ext. 3019 or 3020,
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY— August 31, 2002 — McLain Ward flew to the finish with
Flier to win the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix at the 27th annual Hampton
Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY.
Only four of 35 horse-rider combinations advanced to the jump-off over the
course set by American Olympic team gold medalist, Conrad Homfeld. Ward was
the only rider to post a second clear round when he returned for the
jump-off and also had the fastest time, 38.55 seconds.
“He’s a very green horse, we only bought him in April, but I felt he handled
himself wonderfully,” said Ward, who owns the 8-year-old selle francais
gelding in partnership with Harry Gill. “I went as fast as I could today, I
felt this was the time to push him and see how he would react.”
The Sally Hansen Grand Prix was the only competition held on the grand prix
field as show organizers are attempting to preserve the grass footing, which
suffered from heavy rainfall on Thursday, for Sunday’s $150,000 Prudential
Financial Grand Prix, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
“The management is doing everything they can, but it is an outdoor sport on
grass footing,” remarked Ward, who will ride two horses in Sunday’s grand
prix, the maximum allowed.
Ramiro Quintana, who is based in Southampton, NY, placed second riding
Lacost with a four-fault round in a time of 38.60 seconds. 1992 Olympic
individual bronze medalist Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL, also had
four faults with Warsaw, but his much slower time of 42.36 seconds left him
in third position.
The only other rider to advance to the jump-off was Megan Lamaze of Orinda,
CA. Riding Ramirique Royale, a nine-year-old Westphalian mare owned by
Eddie Creed and Martinwood Farm, she had ten faults in the jump-off to
In a special retirement ceremony in the grand prix ring, the Hampton Classic
Horse Show said good-bye to a champion hunter. ‘Seconds At Last’ had
carried numerous riders to success in the hunter ring, his final rider
being19-year-old Stephanie Riggio of New York City, NY, with whom he won
championship ribbons up and down the east coast. A 19-year-old thoroughbred
gelding, ‘Seconds At Last’ will be retired to Riggio’s Meadow View Farm in
Water Mill, NY.
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.
In addition to the competition, spectators will be 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 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.