Taylor St. Jacques Wins the $25,000 DAWTS Show Jumping Derby at the 43rd Hampton Classic 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.
Topping an original entry list of 26, St. Jacques and Qantor Des Etisses were the only combination to post a clean round in the jump off field of five, over the course designed by Canadian Michel Vaillancourt.
“I thought the first-round course was large, and quite long,” said St. Jacques following the class. “I was a little nervous going in, but frankly I think that worked to my advantage – I had to really ride every step. My horse went in there and he was doing exactly what I asked. He was waiting for me to tell him what I wanted him to do.”
19-year-old Taylor St. Jacques with Qantor Des Etisses, winners of the $25,000 DAWTS Junior-Amateur Owner Show Jumping Derby at the Hampton Classic. © Shawn McMillen
Lacey Gilbertson was able to qualify two for the jump-off, but had an unfortunate fall from her first horse, Echo D, immediately prior to St. Jacques entering the ring.
St. Jacques addressed the plan for following a ride in which the rider had fallen off.
“We had talked about that jump (the large natural hedge) while walking the course. You needed to go wide and make sure you had enough room. Turning back to it my horse slipped a little and it made me nervous, but I was far enough from the jump that I was able to recover and I think that was a major factor in why I was able to jump a clean round.
“Winning a class like this is unbelievable! We don’t get the chance to ride over the natural obstacles – up the bank and over the hedges – very often. The atmosphere at the Hampton Classic is amazing, with all the spectators and such a beautiful venue. To win this class really means a lot, it was one I was gearing up for this year as one of my peak shows. It went even better than I had thought it might!”
Second place went to Charlise Casas with Rembrandt Blue and third to Kelly Arani and Esprit.
In addition to winning the Derby, St. Jacques was awarded the Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.40 championship. The reserve championship went to Arani with Esprit.
The Junior Jumper 1.40m championship sponsored by Swan Creek Farm was awarded to Casas with Rembrandt Blue. Reserve went to Sloan Hopson with Dalida.
Tanner Korotkin was awarded the Show Jumping Hall of Fame “Style of Riding Award,” presented by Horse Network.
The Style of Riding Award is presented to the Junior Jumper rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation, as modeled by show jumping Hall of Famers such as George Morris, Conrad Homfeld and Joe Fargis.
Tanner Korotkin was awarded the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Style of Riding Award, presented by Horse Network. Making the presentation is Marty Bauman, Executive Director of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. © Shawn McMillen
Since August 26, The 43rd Hampton Classic featured over 200 classes in six beautifully manicured show rings; the Agneta Currey Boutique Garden and Stable Row, with more than 80 vendors for shopping, and a wide selection of dining options on the 60-acre showground.
The Hampton Classic is one of the most spectacular equestrian events in the nation and showcases the highest levels of hunter-jumper competition. The world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the nation and world.
For complete horse show results and more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.comor call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.