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Hampton Classic Horse Show Updates

Originally Posted: August 26, 2011

Philip Richter wins the won the $25,000 Carolex Show Jumping Derby. (Courtesy Photo: Classic Communications)

Bridgehampton - Samantha Schaefer, of Westminster, MD, was the recipient of the 2011 SHALANNO Style of Riding Trophy at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton.

The SHALANNO Style of Riding Trophy is awarded to the Junior Jumper Rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation as modeled by Olympic medalists Joe Fargis, Conrad Homfeld, and George Morris. The award recipient must have the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman.

The process for selection of the award is unique in that it includes the jumper judges and horse show personnel such as the person at the jumper ring in-gate, the jumper stewards, and the announcers. These members of the staff are in position to observe the necessary sportsmanship qualities of all of the junior jumper riders competing at the Classic. They also have the knowledge of equitation riding that is necessary to select the rider that best represents the SHALANNO Style of Riding Trophy.

Schaefer has been riding since she was 18-months old and years ago she practiced Team Penning with her father. She has excelled in the hunter ring as well as the jumper ring in addition to her skills as an equitation rider.

Schaefer's impressive results included wins in the hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions at the 2011 Hampton Classic. She was a repeat victor in the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship riding Pioneer, owned by Heritage Farm; she won the $2,500 Junior Jumper 1.30m class on Sugar Ray; and she was Champion of the Small Junior Hunter Division 16-17 on Hero, owned by Sophie Cohen.

The SHALANNO award was introduced at the Classic in 2004. Past recipients include Karen Polle, Michael Hughes, Victoria Birdsall, Maria Schaub, Julie Welles and Aimee Aron.

Other rider awards presented at this year's Hampton Classic include the Charlie Weaver Leading Hunter Rider Award that was won by Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL; and the Horse Haven Trophy for the best junior rider on a pony that was awarded to Katherine Strauss of Southampton, NY.

Philip Richter of Bedford, NY, won the $25,000 Carolex Show Jumping Derby riding Ray Ray, owned by Coker Farm, Inc., at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton on Sunday.

"It's the best win I've ever had in my life," said Richter. "It's so exciting!"

The top 30 horses from Friday's $10,000 Sotheby's International Realty Welcome Stake qualified for the Derby and Richter rode two out of the seven that made it into the jump-off.

His first mount was Glasgow, owned by Coker Farm, Inc. They had a little trouble going into the wall and managed to clear it, but dropped a rail at the fifth fence. His four fault score was still good enough to take over the lead with four left to jump.

"I should have just let him go to the jumps," said Richter. "I don't get in the jump-off that often and sometimes if you don't ride a lot you have doubt. I'm riding one of the greatest jumpers of all time and I should just let him go to the jumps."

Richter had better luck with Ray Ray going clear in 37.346 seconds and held the top two spots until Jay Land of Alpharetta, GA, went on Nepal. Land went clear in a time of 38.184, for second place.

Hampton Classic action. (Courtesy Photo: Classic Communications)

Christina Kelly, the final rider in the jump-off was on the fast path to victory with Creata Van Ten Biesen, owned by Diamond Edge Farm, stopping the clock in 34.861 seconds, but had a rail for four faults, which left her in third.

"I had accepted the fact that the last horse in the jump-off was going to beat me because she made a turn from the first to the second fence that was just dynamite," said Richter of Kelly. "She actually rubbed the jump with her shoulder around the turn. She was several seconds faster than me, she was just unlucky. This sport is just a lot of luck sometimes."

The win in the Derby gave Richter and Ray Ray the Grand Championship award in the Amateur Owner Jumper 1.40m Division. Jay Land and Nepal were the Reserve Champions. Richter was also named Grand Champion of the Amateur Owner 130m Division with Firefly, owned by Coker Farm, Inc. Tracey Weinberg and Linda Z, owned by Weinberg and Joe Fargis, received the Reserved Championship award.

In the Brown Harris Stevens Young Jumper Championship Finals for 7 and 8-year-olds, Jeffery Welles of North Salem, NY, won riding Laracon, owned by Amanda Gunthel.

"He's very brave and he's very quick," said Welles. "I knew if I could pull off another clear this morning, that he had a good shot because he is so quick on his feet and he's super brave. He's just a good guy."

Victoria Colvin took honors. (Courtesy Photo: Classic Communications)

Chris Kappler of Flemington, NJ, was second with Royal Reflection, owned by Kathleen Kamine. Third went to Candice King and Skara Glen's IF, owned by Skara Glen Stables.

McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, made history yet again with another win in the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, on Sunday.

Riding Antares F, owned by Grant Road Partners, LLC, the two-time Olympic Gold Medalist tied his own record winning a grand prix at the Classic on three consecutive days.

He also tied Margie Engle's record by winning the featured Grand Prix at the Classic for three consecutive years and added to his own record by winning the Classic's featured Grand Prix six times, twice as many as anyone else.

Ward earned the win by topping a field of 33 riders, seven of whom qualified for the jump-off by completing the 16-jump, first-round course without penalty. The first to return for the seven-jump tiebreaker course, Kent Farrington of Chicago, IL, apparently told everyone to go home when he completed the jump-off fault-free in a blazing time of 32.96 seconds on Uceko, owned by R.C.G. Farm.

"I watched Kent go and I said, 'my God, I would like to be in the clubhouse with that round," Ward said of Farrington's trip around the Guillerme Jorge designed course. "I knew he had done eight strides to the third jump after the wall and I thought that was the only place maybe I could get him."

McLain Ward makes history. From Classic Communications

"Actually, to be honest I thought I was in trouble with McLain coming after me," said Farrington. "He's one of the best riders in the world and he's also one of the fastest. I thought I left the door open."

The crowd had to wait a couple of rides to find out as Ward was fourth in the line-up. As he and Antares entered the ring the spectators were silent, but their anticipation was deafening as Ward negotiated the course. When the pair finally crossed the wire, the clock stopped less than two tenths of a second faster than Farrington as Ward finished in a time of 32.78 seconds and history was repeated.

"I wasn't really riding for second," said Ward, "and I said to myself 'oh well I guess I have to commit,' and I got him by a hair. Two tenths of a second isn't very much, but I have a great horse."

The final rider, Ljubov Kochetova of Russia, rode to a clear round on Royce, the youngest horse in the class at only seven years old. She finished in a time of 40.11 seconds for third place. Kochetova also made history as the first Russian rider to compete at the Classic.

"This is the best show in our country, it always has been," said Ward. "I always bring my best horse because I believe that the event that is put on here is worthy of that. It means a lot to win here, it means as much for me to win this Grand Prix as any."

Victoria Colvin, 13, of Loxahatchee, FL, took top honors on Inclusive, owned by Scott Stewart, in the Inaugural $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton on Saturday, and finished first and second in the $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show on Sunday.

Colvin finished third in Round One and first in the Handy Hunter for an overall score of 398.500 points. Colvin's trainer, Scott Stewart of Wellington, FL, finished second, third, and fourth, receiving an overall score of 396.00 on Dedication, owned by Fashion Farm, third on Garfield with an overall score of 378.500 points, owned by Steeplechase Farm, Inc., and fourth on Declaration, also owned by Fashion Farm.

The Handy Hunter course included several options for bonus points and Colvin took them all with "Captain," as he is affectionately called.

"I wanted to take all the options in the Handy," said Colvin. "They had really tight turns, so it was a little tough, but I wanted to take all of them."

Colvin was surprised that she finished ahead of her trainer. "Scott had five in the class and he had three left after I went, so I was surprised that I won," said Colvin. "Scott is always amazing."

Stewart was not surprised. "She and Captain are always hard to beat," said Stewart. "I was really happy for them."

Stewart was also happy that the Hunter Derby made it to the Classic. "This is one of our favorite shows," said Stewart. "Its great to have the Derby here because it is so good for the sport."

The riders in the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities (LIHSSRD) had a special treat this year. Due to a change in the schedule they were featured on the same day as the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier at the 36th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show on Sunday.

The Series normally takes place on the Monday of the Horse Show, but was changed to the final day due to Hurricane Irene. Tina Rocco, Managing Director of the LIHSSRD, was thankful that the Series was still able to take place.

"We are so grateful that the management at the Hampton Classic Horse Show was able to keep us on the schedule. The riders were really excited to be here on Grand Prix Day," said Rocco. "It's so special for them because and they were able to compete alongside the grand prix riders and the crowds were here to cheer for them."

"The Long Island Riders with Disabilities Series is such a worthwhile program," said Hampton Classic Executive Director Shanette Barth Cohen. "It has become a fixture on the calendar at the Hampton Classic and for the Long Island Horse Show community. We could not imagine holding the horse show without them this year."

Rachel McKelvey especially liked the change in the schedule because she was able to watch the Grand Prix. "It was great!"

McKelvey rides at CTREE at the Wölffer Estate Stables in Long Island and was beaming as she was named Champion of the LIHSSRD Walk with Aides Division.

"I was a little nervous coming into it, but my horse Kirolak made it easy," said the eight-year-old rider. "I want to qualify next year so that I can come back here and win again."

The Reserve Champion in the LIHSSRD Walk with Aides Division was Kevin Allenburg. Allenburg is also eight-years-old and this is his fourth time riding at the Hampton Classic.

"I started out riding for therapy, but I was so good I started to compete," said Allenburg. "I like winning, but I really love riding and the horses."

Allenburg also wants to return in 2012. This is his fourth time receiving a Championship or Reserve title and he wants to keep going.

The show series was founded by Horseability and celebrated its sixth anniversary at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. The program was created to provide riders with disabilities the same competitive experience that other equestrians enjoy. Riders are judged on Equitation, Demonstration and Knowledge of riding skills. The LIHSSRD competition at the Hampton Classic is the culmination of the organization's eight-show series that started in the fall of 2010 and continued through the spring and summer of 2011.

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