IN the Hamptons Catch the Hampton's classic in Bridgehampton
True Story and Holly Orlando Capture the $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby, Opening Day at the Hampton Classic
Local Day at the Hampton Classic Showcases
Top Horses and Riders from Long Island
Bridgehampton, NY - August 26, 2019– Sunday, August 25 was opening day of the 44thAnnual Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the most prestigious hunter-jumper equestrian events in the nation. Showcasing the highest levels of the sport, the world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from across North America and abroad.
Opening day at the Classic is traditionally reserved for Long Island’s very own equestrian community. ‘Local Day’ is open exclusively to horses who are stabled in Nassau or Suffolk County for at least 75 days since January of the calendar year, and hosts hunter divisions for amateurs and professionals alike.
The beautiful Anne Aspinall main hunter ring took center stage for the $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby, a two-round competition consisting of “Classic Style” and “Handy Hunter” components. With final combined scores being separated by just one point over two rounds, it was Cathy Zicherman’s True Story piloted by Holly Orlando who finally emerged victorious with 91 points in total over Curo and Geoffrey Hesslink with 90 points.
Trained by Jenny Dunion of Evermore Inc. in Water Mill, the Hampton Classic’s 2018 Grand Champion Hunter “Spent the last week preparing for the Hampton Classic by giving my four-year-old granddaughter, Elsie, rides around the farm,” laughed Zicherman. “She thinks he is a unicorn, which he basically is!”
“His biggest asset is his unfailing consistency,” said Zicherman. “He wasn’t bothered by the fact that it was ten degrees colder than any other day this summer, or blowing a gale, or that it was dinnertime and they were still in the ring. He just goes in and does his job and always seems to rise to the occasion.”
Laura Bowery of Bridgehampton, NY, rode Stormy Good’s Prince of Thieves to the Local Working Hunter Professional Championship. They received the Eddie Horowitz Memorial Trophy, sponsored by North Shore Equestrian.
There was a tie for The South Fork Perpetual Trophy sponsored by the Hampton Classic Horse Show and awarded to the Grand Local Hunter Champion. Mariano, owned and ridden by Stephanie Bulger of New York, NY, and Bonaparte, owned and ridden by Romy Lauer of Wellington, FL, will share the 2019 title.
The Miller & Associates Local Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship went to Stephanie Bulger and Mariano.
On Tuesday, August 27 in the Der Dau/CWD Riders’ Lounge following the last class in the Grand Prix Ring, Dr. Amy Polkes of HV Equine Internal Medicine and Antech Labs Equine Division will be hosting a seminar titled “Equine Neurologic Disease – is your horse neurologic or lame?” This event will be streamed live onwww.hamptonclassic.com.
One of the most spectacular equestrian events in the nation, The Hampton Classic showcases the highest levels of show jumping competition. The world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the world, competing over eight days for prestigious titles and over $800,000 in prize money. The week builds towards the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix CSI4* on Sunday, September 1, where the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge will be awarded to the rider amassing the highest number of points from the show’s five FEI Jumper competitions.
The 65-acre Hampton Classic show grounds is also a shopping and dining mecca. There is a wide variety of food choices, daily kids' activities, and the luxurious Agneta Currey Boutique Gardenand Stable Row feature more than 80 vendors.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of LONGINES. Complimentary live webcast of all Anne Aspinall ring competitions also air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and sponsored by RideTV. In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic’s other classes are also available onShowNet.biz.
For 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.
Grandstand tickets are still available for the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix CSI4* on Sunday, September 1, Bucket seating in all sections are $45 per person. Visit www.hamptonclassic.com/grandstand-ticketsto book your seats.