Bridgehampton, New York, USA – August 29, 2018 – With the opening of the FEI division Wednesday at the Hampton Classic, it became very obvious, very quickly that every clean round would be earned and not given.
Kyle King (USA) claimed top honors in the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper 1.40m speed class, with Andiamo vh Kapelhof Z, a 12-year-old Zangersheide (Andiamo Z x Darco), simply “Andy” as he is affectionately known, owned by Jackie Herod.
From the moment King entered the ring, you could tell he was ‘in it to win it.’ Even though as a large horse, Andy covers the ground well, their turns in the middle portion of the Michel Vaillancourt designed course were full of power and impulsion. The pair crossed the finish timers in a blistering 57.07 seconds. Perhaps more importantly, they jumped clean – all but ten riders in the field of 55 had faults ranging between one and 35.
“I did the same number of strides from the second to third fence as everybody else,” said King, “but I was able to leave a stride out to the double combination, and I landed after the Hampton Classic oxer and made a fantastic inside turn, well inside where everyone else was turning.”
Last year’s $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge winner, Richie Moloney (IRL), finished second with Equinimity LLC’s Slieveanorra (Voltaire x Flagmount Dlamound). He too put his foot down, left the rails up and stopped the clock in a time of 58.19 seconds.
Fabio Leivas da Costa (BRA) abd Luziada Jmen, owned by Bonne Chance Farm, rounded out the top three with no penalties and a time of 59.02 seconds.
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 CSI 4* 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 http://www.hamptonclassic.comor call (631) 537-3177.
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Source: Press release by Meg Rivett / Classic Communications for The Hampton Classic Horse Show