Articles: Press Release
26th Hampton Classic Horse Show Celebrates
Engle Victorious in $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix,
presented by David Yurman
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Bridgehampton, NY- September 13, 2001 - Thousands of spectators were drawn
to the country's premier equestrian event, the Hampton Classic Horse Show,
held August 26 - September 2 on the 70-acre show site in Bridgehampton, New
York. From the Manhattan Mortgage Company's Opening Day ceremonies to the
grand finale - the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix presented by
David Yurman - the Classic showcased the nation's best riders and finest
Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, was the biggest winner, capturing the
$150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix presented by David Yurman, for the
second year in a row. Engle rode Hidden Creek's Laurel to victory with a
time of 38.09 seconds. Engle won the jump-off by two tenths of a second in
front of McLain Ward and Rio.
Engle, who won last year's Grand Prix aboard Laurel just days before flying
to Sydney for the Olympic Games, set a blistering pace to overcome Ward's
time, shaving time on tight turns. "I watched McLain, and he went very
fast," said Engle. "I figured I had nothing to lose."
Ward of Brewster, NY, qualified for the grand prix earlier in the week by
winning the $25,000 Adequan Fiesta Day Grand Prix presented by Celebrity
Cruises aboard Viktor. The win put Ward in a position to win the $100,000
New Things Grand Prix Bonus Challenge, which is awarded to the
horse-and-rider combination who wins both the Adequan Fiesta Day Grand Prix
presented by Celebrity Cruises and the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand
Prix presented by David Yurman. Alas, Ward would not become the first rider
ever to capture the elusive bonus.
Prior to the Grand Prix on Sunday, the AmeriChoice Eastern Finals of the
Young Jumper Championship showcased the most promising 5- and 6-year-old
show jumping prospects competing in the United States. Winning the $20,000
AmeriChoice Young Jumper Championship Finals for 5-Year-Olds was U.S.
Equestrian Team rider and Olympic veteran Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc, WI,
"It's great for us," said Kraut. "Before this class we had no place to start
young horses in competition. It's great experience for a young horse at such
a large show. We joke about Cingular. He's a 5-year-old with a 15-year-old
brain. He was born to be a show jumper."
In the $30,000 AmeriChoice Young Jumper Championship Finals for 6-Year-Olds,
Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, won aboard Rollercoaster, owned by Mr. &
Mrs. Steven Dicanio.
In the prestigious $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby, Michael
Morrissey of Bradenton, FL, went home with the blue. Morrissey piloted Gera,
owned by Gene Mische, to the win by a mere second in front of Erin Haas of
Chelsea, MI, aboard Cameron.
U.S. Equestrian Team veteran Jeffrey Welles of New Canaan, CT, snared first
place for the second year in a row in an exciting jump-off for the $25,000
Sally Hansen Grand Prix title. Welles piloted Sagamore Farms' Jasmine to
claim victory over a record 72 entries, while also claiming fourth place
aboard Riviera. Welles and Jasmine also won the $5,000 Alpha Global Advisors
Open Jumper (Low) class.
Paige Johnson rode Just Dreamin' to take first place in the $15,000 WGHR
Farm's Jumper Classic (High). Johnson, soon to be 16-years-old of
Washington, DC, said the Jumper Classic course held no surprises for her.
Canadian Eric Lamaze and the 10-year-old German warmblood Millcreek Raphael,
negotiated a tricky course to claim victory in the $10,000 Manhattan Style
Open Jumper Class, as well as third and fifth places aboard Ezior Danum and
Rosina, respectively. "It's often difficult to ride Conrad's (Homfeld)
courses," said Lamaze of Ontario. "The toughest line was a double with very
short distances. Since this was a speed class, it was difficult to gather
the horse for the last double. Your horse had to come back to you to keep
his jump to get across."
In the $5,000 Junior Amateur Owner Hunter Classic, Georgina Bloomberg of New
York, NY, rode Dialog to top honors. The Grand Hunter Championship was
awarded to Pearl Gold, owned and ridden by Ellen Toon of South Salem, NY.
Brian Walker of St. Lazare, Quebec won the $10,000 CK Equitation
Championship riding Grappa, owned by Sarah Willeman. Grappa, a Hanoverian
gelding, had carried Willeman to victory in the same class in 1998. The CK
Championship which also carries the $10,000 trainers' award, tests young
riders' skills at maneuvering a horse cleanly around a jumper course of
12-14 natural fences, all over 4 feet tall in less than 90 seconds.
Walker, along with Derek Braun, of Bridgehampton, NY, were the top riders in
the two sections of the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent classes.
Holly Hunter of Colts Neck, NJ was awarded the Leading Hunter Rider Award,
and Whitney Roper was awarded the Best Junior Rider Award. The Hunter Groom
Award went to Betsy Keating of South Salem, NY.
One highlight of the Hampton Classic was Seniors Day, presented by 50 Plus
Senior News on Thursday, August 30. Senior spectators cheered on their
peers in the Adult Amateur Hunter and Jumper divisions and enjoyed a host of
other activities. One highlight of the day was the Adult Amateur Hunter Over
46 Championship, where Sherry Robertson, 52 of Edgemont, PA, piloted
Inverness, a gray mare, to victory.
The first annual Celebrity Cruises Fiesta Day presented by Avis offered a
tribute to the Greater New York Hispanic and Latino community on Friday,
August 31. Special on-field ceremonies were held to honor individuals such
as Jane Garcia, President of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Foundation and her husband, former congressman Bob Garcia; Ernie Gonzales,
President of Captree Chemical Co. & Chairman of the Hampton Classic's Fiesta
Day Committee; and Luis Vasquez, President of the L.I. Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce and Executive Director of Nassau County CASA. Martine Diaz, a
groom for rider Sloan Lindemann, was honored for his years of dedication and
contribution to the horse show world.
Killian Dunn, lead groom in rider/trainer Tim Grubb's stable, was the winner
in Friday's $1,000 Add-Back Grooms' Class, a Hampton Classic innovation
where grooms were tested on their ability to prepare their horses properly
for the show ring as well as ride at the walk and trot. Thirty grooms and
horses turned out for the class, which proved to be a high point of the
afternoon classes at The Classic.
"It was fun," said Dunn, 20, a native of Dublin, Ireland. "You had all the
fellows from the stables there, and they were all hooting and hollering.
There should be more classes like that. That would make your day a lot more
Children of all ages came out for a day of fun before going back to school
for Cablevision's Kid's Day on Saturday, September 1. In the Horse
Exhibition Tent and Show Yard, flocks of children gathered around Marvin the
Tap Dancing Horse and Maggie and the Ferocious Beast cartoon characters for
autographs and fun. Children also learned to juggle, plate spin and stilt
walk from the National Circus Project. With balloons in hand, kids
discovered a world of horses, llamas and were able to get an autograph from
Olympic rider Laura Kraut.
In addition, music and dance exhibitions representing many countries that
make up the Hispanic/Latino culture showcased their varied traditions.
Select food booths were scattered throughout the grounds offering delicious
Hispanic and Latino cuisine.
As usual, the Hampton Classic was attended by lots of celebrities including
actresses Kathleen Turner and Glenn Close, Broadway star Max Von Essen,
Calvin Klein, Christie Brinkley, New York City mayoral candidate Michael
Bloomberg, and former New York Ranger star Rocket Rod Gilbert.
The Hampton Classic Horse Show benefits the Southampton Hospital, the
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the United States Equestrian Team. For more
information on the Hampton Classic be sure to visit the web site at
www.hamptonclassic.com, call 631-537-3177.