Articles: Press Release
Young Horses Take Center Stage at Hampton Classic Horse Show
Martha Woodham (631) 537-5446, email@example.com
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY (Aug. 30, 2001) - These horses are just youngsters, but
you wouldn’t know it to see these future grand prix jumpers negotiating a
course of jumps more than 4 feet high at the 26th Annual Hampton Classic
Horse Show, now going on through Sunday, Sept. 2.
“It’s great for us,” said Laura Kraut, U.S. Equestrian Team member and
Olympic veteran. “Before this we had no place to start young horses in
Kraut rode Cingular, a bay Dutch warmblood owned by Jessica Pasmore, to
first place in the first round of the AmeriChoice Young Jumper Championship
for 5-year-olds, thus qualifying to compete for the $20,000 prize money on
Sunday, Sept. 2. Kraut, based in Oconomowoc, Wis., also placed fifth in the
same class riding On Line, a chestnut Dutch stallion owned by Kate Bomgaars.
The first round of the Young Jumper Championship for 6-year-old horses was
won by S&L Buzz, a Dutch warmblood gelding ridden by Erynn Ballard of New
Canaan, Conn., and owned by S&L Farms. Forty-five horses competed in the
first rounds on Wednesday to qualify for the $25,000 AmeriChoice Young
Jumper Championship for 5-year-olds or the $30,000 AmeriChoice Young Jumper
Championship for 6-year-olds, which both will be held Sunday, Sept. 2.
More horse shows are offering Young Jumper classes, said Kraut. Before,
these young horses just starting out in serious competition often were
showing against older, more experienced veterans of the horse show world.
Now they have a chance to make a mark at an early age, and trainers like
Kraut welcome the opportunity to give these young horses seasoning.
“You have to jump a certain number of clears [clear rounds with no fences
down] in order to come here,” she said. “It’s great experience for a young
horse to be at such a large show. We joke about Cingular. He’s a 5-year-old
with a 15-year-old brain. He’s born to be a show jumper.”
The 26th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show continues through Sunday,
September 2, in Bridgehampton with the Young Jumper Championships and other
special events planned:
- Thursday, Aug. 30:
- Seniors Day presented by 50 Plus Senior News
- Friday, Aug. 31:
- Celebrity Cruises' Fiesta Day presented by Avis;
- $25,000 Adequan Fiesta Day Grand Prix Qualifier
- Saturday, Sept. 1:
- Cablevision's Kids Day; $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix;
- Pony Jumpers
- Sunday, Sept. 2:
- $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix presented by David Yurman
- $50,000 AmeriChoice Eastern Finals of the Young Jumper Championships
- $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby
- $100,000 New Things Grand Prix Bonus Challenge
Admission to the Hampton Classic is $5 per person, $15 per carload, and
children under six are admitted free daily. On Friday and Saturday (August
31-September 1), children under 12 are admitted free, and seniors are
admitted free Thursday, August 30. Reserved grandstand seats for Grand Prix
Sunday, September 2 are an additional $15 per person. Parking is free during
The Hampton Classic Horse Show benefits the Southampton Hospital, Juvenile
Diabetes Foundation and the United States Equestrian Team. Offering up the
best in show jumping, there is no other competition that brings together the
hunter-jumper circuit with thousands of spectators, extravagant social
events, celebrities, shopping and fine dining in the Hamptons.
For more information on the Hampton Classic, be sure to visit the show's web
site at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Email requests for
information may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find daily results online at www.hamptonclassic.com.