Articles: Press Release
BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Discovers Top Young Riders
Martha Woodham (631) 537-5446, firstname.lastname@example.org
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY (Aug. 29, 2001) - Brian Walker of St. Lazare, Quebec, and
Derek Braun of Bridgehampton, NY, were the top riders in the two sections of
the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Tuesday (August 28) at the 26th
Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.
Designed to discover the top young talent in the country, the BET/USET
Talent Search classes challenges riders under 21 in two phases: The riders
are judged on their ability to control their horses on the flat and over a
course of fences from 3'6" to 3'9" tall. With 59 entries in the class, it
was divided into Sections A and B.
"It's a nice confidence builder for the Calvin Klein (equitation
championship) later this week," said Brian, 17, who rode Grappa, a
Hanoverian gelding, to first place in section B of the Talent Search. "It's
a nice way to start off the horse show and prep for the big class this
weekend. Grappa's won every major equitation final. He's a great horse."
His win in Section B of the Talent Search was a personal goal for local
rider Derek Braun of Bridgehampton, NY, who was second after the flat phase
going into the over-fences phase. He rode LeGrand, a 17.3 Dutch warmblood
gelding, whom he also plans to compete in the $10,000 Calvin Klein
Equitation Championship on Saturday, Sept. 1.
"It's great to win at a show like this because it's so prestigious," said
Derek, 16, who first competed at The Hampton Classic in the short stirrup
classes when he was 8 or 9. "I really like the BET/USET because it's got the
flat part and the jumping, two different disciplines."
Although the riders who make it to this level of competition are very
experienced, anything can happen when it comes to horses. Local rider Logan
Marie Fiorentino of Lloyd Harbor, NY, was first in Section B after the flat
phase of competition, but her lead vanished over fences. The 17-year-old was
competing on a horse with whom she was unfamiliar, a junior jumper named
Satchmo, because her regular equitation horse, Caravelle, is being readied
for another competition.
"He was overjumping, but it wasn't his fault," said Logan Marie, who plans
to compete Caravelle in upcoming regional Maclay finals. "It was the second
time I had jumped him, and he just jumped a little too wide for me. I was a
little upset, but my trainer was happy with the way I rode."
The 26th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show continues through Sunday,
September 2, in Bridgehampton with the following 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 email@example.com.
Find daily results online at www.hamptonclassic.com.