Bridgehampton, New York, USA – August 25, 2019 – Fantast was fantastic to open the 44th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, taking Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) to top spot in the $30,000 Land Rover Jumper Challenge presented by Jaguar, Sunday afternoon. They bested fellow American Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA) and Berdien by a mere four one-thousandths of a second, stopping the clock in 63.661 seconds to Cawley’s 63.665.
Of the 29 starters in the field, just seven were able to deliver clean rounds over the impressive introductory course designed by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN).
Sternlicht (USA), team gold medalist at the 2018 World Equestrian Games, had the advantage of going after several others had gone, giving her the opportunity to see the jumps and evaluate the Hampton Classic’s newly renovated Grand Prix field following the million-dollar investment and rebuild over the past year.
“I had the advantage of knowing my horse is quite seasoned at speed classes,” explained Sternlicht following the victory gallop. “He has great foot speed, so it may not look like he’s moving fast. Often times I can add a stride through the turns and still know that I’m getting across the jumps. I tried to play those strengths and leave out strides where I could. The new field feels amazing, it’s really firm and really consistent across the whole surface. As riders we really favor that.”
McLain Ward (USA), her 2018 WEG gold medal teammate, and Olympic silver medalist Peter Leone agreed and emphasized how dramatic the improvements are with the new footing.
“It was Perfect,” stated Ward. “Absolutely spot on. Not a single blade of grass was out of place.”
Leone exalted, “It felt like jumping on a tumbling mat! There was life and spring to it – it is just so exciting to ride on a field like that.”
Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA) & Berdien
Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA) and Berdien were the runners-up in the $30,000 Land Rover Jumper Challenge presented by Jaguar, opening day at the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
Cawley had even more reason to appreciate the improvements in the footing as her horse was competing with just two ‘studs’ for traction in her shoes, similar to the cleats soccer players wear to maintain grip on grass surfaces.
“Berdien is just eight years old and she got a little green and star-struck at the beginning of the course,” explained Cawley. “She was really comfortable by the end of the course. It’s a tall order to go in and go full-tilt right off the bat when you haven’t competed at that level before. She hesitated a little in the turn from the second to third jumps and I had to kick her to go forward – she went, but that hesitation was more than enough to lose the four 1000ths of a second behind Adrienne.”
Third place went to Geoffrey Hesslink (USA) with HH Casey Jones, who finished in a time of 64.389 seconds.
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 shown live on www.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 CSI 4* 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 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. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
Daily admission to the Hampton Classic is $10 per person (children under six are admitted free) or $20 per carload. Admission is free on Monday, August 26 (limited competition this day, but boutiques, exhibition tent, and Animal Welfare and Adoption Day are open). Seniors are admitted free Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Saturday (August 31), children under 12 are admitted free and each receives a free pony ride. Parking is free.
Grandstand tickets are still available for the $300,000 Doha.Inc Grand Prix CSI 4* on Sunday, September 1, Bucket seating in all sections are $45 per person. Visit www.hamptonclassic.com/grandstand-ticketsto book your seats.
Michael Levitan, President of Jaguar Land Rover Long Island, makes the presentation to Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Fantast following her win in the $30,000 Land Rover Jumper Challenge CSI 4* presented by Jaguar
Final Results – $30,000 Land Rover Jumper Challenge presented by Jaguar
Rider / Horse / Hometown / Faults : Time
1. Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Fantast – 0 / 63.661
2. Molly Ashe-Cawley (USA) & Berdien – 0 / 63.665
3. Geoffrey Hesslink (USA) & HH Casey Jones – 0 / 64.389
4. Lillie Keenan (USA) & Agana Van Het Gerendal Z – 0 / 64.447
5. Richie Moloney (IRL) & Boriena H – 0 / 66.441
For full results, please click here.
Source: Press release by Marty Bauman / Classic Communications for The Hampton Classic Horse Show
Photo: © Shawn McMillen Photography
Categories: CSI 4*