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Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam wins the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge
The 43rd edition of the Hampton Classic Horse Show ended in spectacular fashion Sunday, with America’s McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, capturing the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix presented by Douglas Elliman for a record seventh time.
Stephanie Danhakl swept the top three places in the $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic Sunday morning at the Hampton Classic, the final hunter competition at the 43rd edition of the horse show.
Taylor St. Jacques, 19, won the $25,000 DAWTS Junior/Amateur Owner 1.45m Show Jumping Derby Sunday morning at the Hampton Classic, on the final day of competition of this year’s horse show.
The Irish flag flew once again the Hampton Classic for Shane Sweetnam, after he won Saturday’s $70,000 LONGINES Cup with Indra van de Oude Heihoef, owned by the Blue Buckle Group. It was also two years in a row for Sweetnam, as he won this class in 2017 with another of his top mounts, Main Road.
Following two rounds of competition Saturday at the Hampton Classic, Mimi Gochman of Palm Beach, FLA came out on top in the $10,000 Equitation Championship presented by Palm Beach International Academy.
Kids’ Day presented by News 12 returned to the Hampton Classic Saturday, featuring special activities to educate, entertain and delight kids of all ages. Always one of the most popular days for families at the Classic, children under 12 from Long Island and all around the New York metropolitan area enjoyed free admission, free lunch boxes from News 12, complimentary pony rides, animals, games, music, MAGIC and educational exhibits.
Sweetnam’s Win Earns Approximately $10,000 for the Group for the East End, through the Hampton Classic’s Jump for Charity Program
Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam had the luxury of having two horses in the jump-off in Friday’s $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix-Qualifier CSI4*, presented by Longines. Sweetnam took full advantage of having a second opportunity to ride the course, putting into place changes that would ultimately help him win the class.
Activity in the jumper rings picked up speed Friday morning at the Hampton Classic, with qualifying classes taking place for those hoping to move forward to the weekend’s finals, and championships being awarded in divisions having taken place throughout the week.
It was Ladies First in Thursday’s $40,000 SOVARO® FEI Speed Stake presented by Lisa & Mario Deslauriers and Lynn Tarnopol, as two-time US Olympic medalist Leslie Burr-Howard and mare Donna Speciale blazed to the top of the class at the 43rd Hampton Classic.
The Hampton Classic represents the culmination of the outdoor season for many show hunters in America. Top hunters are crowned and now begin their preparations for the indoor fall events.