There was a tie for Grand Hunter Champion between Holly Orlando with True Story and Scott Stewart with Private Life. Stewart was named this year’s Leading Hunter Rider, receiving the Charlie Weaver Perpetual Trophy.
The Grand Junior HunterChampion from the Roekl Junior Hunter Divisions was Major Key, ridden by Grady Lyman. The Best Junior Hunter Rideron a Horse with the accompanying Kathy Scholl Trophy was presented to Grady Lyman. Best Junior Hunter Rider on a Pony receiving the Horse Haven Trophy was Alexa Lignelli. Young Canadian Sam Walker was named the Leading Junior Equitation Award, the Gordon Wright Trophy, sponsored by the friends of Gustav Leidlof.
Becky Gochman and Catch Me took the championship in the Hunt Ltd. Amateur Owner 36+ hunter division, while the championship for the GiGi New York Amateur-Owner Hunters, 18-35 years, went to Jef Louwers with Sutherland.
Harmony Home Concierge Opening Day
As always, the Hampton Classic’s Opening Day was a spectacular showcase for top local competitors. The day began bright and early in the Grand Prix ring with the smallest of the week's competitors, Leadline riders ages two-to-four, followed by the group for ages five-to-seven.
Hotly contested with nearly a hundred entries, these immaculately presented young riders and their mounts had the honor of being judged by Olympic gold medalist and Show Jumping Hall of Famer, Joe Fargis of Middleburg, VA. Broken into sections, it took a ride-off to determine the winners!
Following the introduction of officials and welcoming the Classic’s official charity partner, the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, a very special award was handed out, prior to the start of the $30,000 Boar’s Head Open Jumper Challenge. The Long Island Sportsmanship Award was presented to Harriet de Leyer. Ms. de Leyer has been the president of the Long Island Professional Horseman’s Association for many years, helping them better equestrian sport in the community and beyond.
Opening Day also hosted the $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby in the beautiful Anne Aspinall hunter ring. A starting field of 39 horses competed in the first “Classic Style” round, after which the top 12 returned for the “Handy Hunter” round.
Sandra Ferrell piloted Stephanie Bulger’s Hemingway to score 95 points in the first round, and 87 points in the second round to give them the overall title. Ferrell also placed fifth and seventh, Holly Orlando placed second, sixth and eighth and Laura Bowery placed third and fourth.
Special Events and Awards
Now in its 13th year, the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities (LIHSSRD) Championship Finals Presented by BNB Bank were held at the Hampton Classic on Monday. Twenty riders across three divisions competed for the year-end titles.
The Classic’s 8th annual Adoption & Animal Welfare Day, sponsored by Gotham Enterprizes with the support of the EQUUS Foundation, was held on Monday. Rescue dogs, cats and horses from a variety of animal rescues and shelters on Long Island and beyond were in attendance. Eleven local and regional rescues for small and large animals & equines took part, raising awareness around adoption, with cats and dogs being screened and adopted on-site.
Saturday was Kids’ Day Presented by News 12 at the Classic,always one of the most popular days for families at the Horse Show. Children under 12 from Long Island and all around the New York metropolitan area enjoyed free admission, complimentary pony rides, animals, games, music, exhibits and educational activities, as well as complimentary lunch boxes courtesy of News 12.
The Hampton Classic showcased beauty not only in the show rings, but across all areas of the spectacular 60-acre show grounds, including the luxurious Agneta Currey Boutique Garden and Stable Row, featuring more than 80 vendors. The blue ribbon for “Best Boutique” went to Rhoback, with second going to Kaval and third to Katharine Page.
The Hampton Cottages & Gardens Table Décor Awards were presented on Grand Prix Sunday, with tables in the two VIP tents decorated in spectacular fashion. First place was awarded to the table of Sascha Bikoff. Second went to Chateau D’Esclans and third to Stephanie Brown Beamer’s table.