Kelli Cruciotti & Grandy de Laubry Claim $10,000 Jaguar Open Jumper Prize at The Hampton Classic

2018. Hampton Classic Jaguar Kelli Cruciotti & Grandy de Laubry Shaw McMillen

Bridgehampton, New York, USA – August 28, 2018 – If riders could create a theme song for Tuesday morning’s Open Jumper classes, it would be something like “keep away from fence 10-A.”

There were two sections of Tuesday morning’s $10,000 1.40m Open Jumper class, sponsored by Jaguar and Shamrock Ventures respectively. Between the two classes and a total of 80 rounds, fence 10A fell more than two dozen times.

Hugely successful young rider Kelli Cruciotti of Elizabeth, Colorado (USA), took top honors in section A, sponsored by Jaguar, with 12-year-old Grandy De Laubry, owned by 3 Seas LLC and the Cullen family.

The American and the 12-year-old bay Belgian Warmblood produced a deceptively fast penalty-free round in a time of 57.414 seconds for the victory.

Olympian McLain Ward (USA) & Contagious (Contagio x For Keeps) also registered no penalties, earning silver honors in 59.119 seconds.

Santiago Lambre (MEX) & Doloris (Harley VDL x Colorado) rounded out the top three with no penalties in 59.687 seconds.

A relatively new partnership, this is the pair’s third show together. When reviewing her round following the awards ceremony, Cruciotti mentioned that although it doesn’t look like they are going fast, they are actually covering a lot of ground, as the horse stands nearly 18 hands high and has a huge stride.

“She was quite good from the first to second fences, so I thought I would be able to leave a stride out in a few other places on course,” said Cruciotti. “At the beginning of the course you were really pushing for the speed, and by the time you got to 10A, which was very tall, the horses looked at the combination and a lot of horses backed right up and came down with their back end on the rails. For sure it was the focus of the course. I took a little extra moment there to just throttle back, give her one extra stride and then let her jump it – and then I went for it!”

Wednesday’s competition continues with open jumpers in the grand prix ring, featuring the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper class, the $10,000 Bruno Delgrange class for young jumpers and Wednesday’s feature the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper class.

Hunters continue with the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Classics and many more.

The Hampton Classic is one of the most spectacular equestrian events in the nation, showcasing the highest levels of show jumping competition. From now through Sunday, hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the nation and world will compete for over $750,000 in prize money. The week builds towards the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4* Presented by Douglas Elliman on Sunday, September 2, where the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge will be awarded to the rider amassing the highest number of points in the show’s Open Jumper competitions.

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. 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 on line at www.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic’s other classes are also available on ShowNet.biz .

For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.

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Source: Press release by Meg Rivett / Classic Communications for The Hampton Classic Horse Show

Photo: © Shawn McMillen