Bridgehampton, New York, USA – August 31, 2019 – Shane Sweetnam (IRL) captured the $72,000 Longines Cup CSI 4* for the third consecutive year, piloting Kirschwasser SCF during the 44th Hampton Classic Horse Show CSI 4* in Bridgehampton, New York, USA.
American riders Catherine Tyree (USA) and Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) came within hundredths of a second but were not able to beat his time.
Fifty-one of the best horse-and-rider combinations started out over the 1.50m maximum track designed by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN). Of those, ten produced clean rounds allowing them to move forward to the jump-off.
Catherine Tyree (USA) & BEC Lorenzo took second place in the $75,000 Longines Cup CSI 4* at the Hampton Classic
Among them, the first three riders in the jump-off, all with at least one rail down. Fourth in the ring was Catherine Tyree (USA) with BEC Lorenzo, and they finally delivered the first clean performance, timed in 39.19 seconds.
Sweetnam and the 9-year-old chestnut Belgian Warmblood stallion (Amaretto d’Arco x Nabab de Reve) were ninth to jump in the decisive phase. The Irishman wound up and went for it, letting experience guide him as he adjusted his plan on-the-fly and finished clean in just 39.16 seconds for the victory.
“Originally I was thinking of doing five strides from the double combination to the black oxer, but I ended up being so direct to the black oxer that I shaved it to the right, and I was still not slowing down to fit the next line,” explained Sweetnam. “I tried to bend out to the right to fit the strides in the line, which ended up helping me as I was angled over the DOHA jump and pointed right into the turn to the next jump. It’s not always part of the plan, but sometimes it ends up working out.”
Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Toulago finished third in the $75,000 Longines Cup CSI 4* at the Hampton Classic Horse Show
Last to jump, Sternlicht (USA) brought her huge-strided Toulago down to the double combination at a gallop, rolling downhill toward the VIP tent, hoping it too would ‘work out.’
“My horse’s best attribute is his bravery,” said Sternlicht, part of the gold medal winning team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, NC. “I know that I could almost point him at fire, and he would jump. I knew I could take a shot and gallop down to the double, and check him slightly, and maybe the shock factor alone would slow him down,” she laughed.
At the end of the day, Sternlicht (USA) and Toulago clocked in at 39.25 seconds to take third position, less than one-tenth of a second behind the winning time.
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) & Kirschwasser SCF – winners of the $75,000 Longines Cup CSI 4* at the Hampton Classic
$30,000 Longines Rider Challenge Update
With his win, Sweetnam (IRL) moves into the lead in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge with 310 points. Sternlicht (USA) is just behind at 298 and the only other person to have won the Challenge, Ireland’s Richie Moloney (IRL), is behind her with 215 points. It’s still anyone’s game. The Challenge, which awards $30,000 and a Longines watch to the winner, will be awarded Sunday, following the $300,000 Doha Inc. Grand Prix CSI 4*.
Sweetnam won four Longines watches at the Classic in 2018 and another one for Saturday’s win in the Longines Cup. The logical question was, “Where do all the watches go?” His answer: “My mother is next in line.” Smart man, Shane Sweetnam.
The $72,000 Longines Cup CSI 4* also included a charity component: Clear The Jump for Just World. The JustWorld International jump on course was monitored, and for each clean attempt, Longines donated meals to JustWorld International which will distribute them to impoverished countries around the world. Saturday’s initiative led to Longines presenting a check for five thousand meals to JustWorld International.
Sunday, September 1 is Grand Prix Sunday at the Hampton Classic. The $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic is the featured competition in the Anne Aspinall ring, followed by the presentation of the Grand Hunter Championship and Leading Hunter, Junior Hunter & Rider and Junior Equitation awards.
Festivities in the Grand Prix Ring begin with the $25,000 Dawts Jumping Derby followed by the grand finale –the $300,000 Doha Inc. Grand Prix Bridgehampton CSI 4*.The $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge will also be awarded. Competition starts at 10:00 a.m.
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 http://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.com or 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. Parking is free.
Grandstand tickets are still available for the $300,000 Doha Inc. Grand Prix CSI4* on Sunday, September 1, Bucket seating in all sections are $45 per person. Visit http://www.hamptonclassic.com/grandstand-tickets to book your seats.
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Source: Press release from the Hampton Classic Horse Show
Photos: © Shawn McMillen