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.
The 68 horse-and-rider combinations to start Wednesday’s $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper 1.45m Class CSI 4* included Olympic, World and World Cup Champions. Eight produced clean rounds, and of those eight, four withdrew prior to the jump-off.
Sarah Segal (USA) and Camira were first to go but unfortunately lowered the first two fences. Shane Sweetnam (IRL) was next with Indra van de Oude Heihoef and they went for the conservative clean round, earning themselves second place with a penalty-free performance in a time of 36.66 seconds. Fellow Irishman Lorcan Gallagher (IRL) followed with Billy Onslow (Billy Congo x Iroko) and they went for it – and they had the fastest time in 35.84 seconds, but they had a rail down right in front of the VIP tent to finish third with four penalty-points.
Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA) and Cassandra, owned by Louisburg Farm, were last to go. Ultimately they went for a compromise – quick enough to overtake the time, but careful enough to leave the jumps up. The American and the 11-year-old bay Oldenburg mare (Chacco-Blue x Calero) finished in the lead with zero faults in 35.86 seconds.
“I didn’t get to see Shane go, but I know as a norm, he’s quite quick,” said Ashe-Cawley. “I just went as fast as I could and hoped for the best! She needs to learn to go fast and leave the jumps up, so regardless of what went before me, we would have gone for it. I think she’s really starting to get it, and I was just thrilled with her today.”
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
Photo: © Shawn McMillen