Articles: Press Release
Riding Pals Take Parallel Course at Hampton Classic
Martha Woodham (631) 537-5446, email@example.com
BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY (August 31, 2001) - The lives of young riders Cody Baird
and Paige Johnson are taking a parallel course at the 26th Annual Hampton
Classic Horse Show, which continues through Sunday, Sept. 2.
Both 15-year-olds rode their chestnut geldings to win the championships in
the Large Junior Hunter Division - Cody in Section A and Paige in Section
B - on Thursday, August 30, at The Classic. The Junior Large Hunter Division
was split into two sections because more than 44 horses were entered in the
division, so the girls are not actually competing against one another.
Both teens successfully guided their horses over courses of 3’6” jumps in
their two over-fences classes and then scored best at the walk, trot and
canter in their under saddle classes. Cody, who lives in Greenwich, Conn.,
and Paige, who lives in Washington, DC, don’t usually meet up in the show
ring except at large shows, but they are longtime friends. Cody competed for
years on a pony, Himself the Elf, who formerly belonged to Paige.
Cody’s success in Section A against more than 20 other horses came aboard
her 9-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Most Wanted. He is nicknamed “Mel”
because actor Mel Gibson is “most wanted,” joked Cody’s mom, Jane.
Cody, who lives in Greenwich, Conn., said she has been showing since she was
8 years old. She has been riding “Mel” for the past two years, but he is not
her only horse. She has four other horses for competing in the Jumper and
Small Junior Hunter divisions. But she won’t reveal who’s her favorite.
“I love riding,” she said, preparing to head back into the ring at the
Hampton Classic. “It’s my life.”
Regall, a 9-year-old Swedish warmblood, was Paige’s winning mount in Section
B of the Junior Large Hunter Division on Thursday. His name means “tall in
stature,” said Paige’s trainer, Chuck Keller of Middleburg, Va. Although he
is about average size at 16 hands, 1 inch tall, “Regall stands big and
proud,” Keller said.
Paige got hooked on horses when she saw a TV show about ponies when she was
8. Today she has her choice of 16 horses to ride - both hunters and
jumpers -- but riding and showing don’t consume her life. During the school
year, she limits riding to four days a week.
“ I try to level out my social life and riding,” said Paige, who will be 16
in September. “You’d get bored with it too fast if you just did it all the
Paige’s parents, Sheila and Robert Johnson, are big supporters of equestrian
sports, working to help the grand prix riders of the future by joining the
U.S. Equestrian Team and other organizations in sponsoring competition for
talented young riders at horse shows across the country. Their television
network, BET, sponsored the BET/USET show Jumping Talent Search for riders
under 21 on Tuesday at the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
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.