Articles: Press Release
Sherry Robertson's Inverness Wins Adult Hunter Championship
Martha Woodham (631) 537-5446, email@example.com
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY (Aug. 30, 2001) - One of the highlights of Seniors Day,
presented by 50 Plus Senior News, at the 26th Annual Hampton Classic Horse
Show was the Adult Amateur Hunter Over 46 Championship, won by a woman who
has been riding for 40 years. Seniors Day, where seniors are admitted free,
was presented in association with 50 Plus Senior News, the monthly newspaper
for Long Island and New York seniors.
Sherry Robertson' gray mare, Inverness, was champion after winning two
classes over fences and finishing ninth in another jumping class and ninth
in an under-saddle class, where entries are judged on how well they perform
at the walk, trot and canter. Primary Colors, ridden by Cynthia Wong of
Southampton, NY, was reserve champion.
Robertson, 52, of Edgemont, PA, bought Inverness two years ago, but an eye
injury delayed the mare' training. Inverness' first show was the 2000
Hampton Classic, where she was second in Adult Hunter.
"Iíve been lucky," said Robertson, whose hunters Lyphard Cay and Pacific
Trade have been successful show horses. "Iíve had lots of nice horses, maybe
a half-dozen sensational horses. I think they can be sensational when you
put them in the spot where they belong, instead of forcing a round peg into
a square hole. Why make it any harder than it has to be?"
Robertson has followed her own advice with Inverness, who was in training to
be a jumper when Robertson discovered her. Robertson realized the horse was
better suited as a show hunter. She has taken her to about 10 shows this
season, and the mare has been champion or reserve at every show.
"As a jumper, she was nervous and uptight," said Robertson. "She had all the
attributes of what should be a nice horse if you can make everything work
out. She had to learn a whole new job description. Now she' got it down
Robertson started out riding Western when she was 12, but she switched after
her friends, all riding English, left her behind at the first jump. She'
been showing and hunting ever since. Now Inverness is her latest project.
"Some horses enjoy showing," Robertson pointed out. "They get a kick out of
it. Inverness knows when she has done well. She' got a little different
walk to her."
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.