Bronte Gray-Rochon & Williamstown Guidam Top $25,000 Derby at The Hampton Classic

2019. Hampton Classic CSI 4 Derby Bronte Gray-Rochon & Williamstown Guidam Shawn McMillen
Bridgehampton, New York, USA – September 1, 2019 – Bronte Gray-Rochon (CAN) rode Williamstown Guidam to the win the $25,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Show Jumping Derby Sunday morning at the Hampton Classic CSI 4*, on the final day of competition of this year’s horse show. The class was open to Amateur-Owner and Junior riders who had competed in the Welcome Stake earlier in the week.
The derby course set by Michel Vaillancourt (CAN) included the natural obstacles of the bank and open water, which had given many riders trouble throughout the week. Faults were spread out over the course, and of the 18 riders who started the class, just three posted clean rounds to advance to the jump-off.
Representing France, Agathe Van Gysel (FRA) and Duc des Tourelles Z were first to go in the jump-off. They had the first fence down to ultimately finish second with four faults in 41.521 seconds. Next to go was Chloe Field (USA) with Tess de Jalesnes, they too lowered the first fence, had a refusal and time faults, to finish third with 11 faults in 47.661 seconds. Last to challenge, Gray-Rochon entered the ring with the plan of having a calm and consistent clean round in the class they had planned their entire show season around.
Gray-Rochon (CAN) and Williamstown Guidam won with a clean jump-off round in a time of 42.884 seconds. They were also awarded the Amateur-Owner Jumper 1.40m championship title. The reserve championship went to Agathe Van Gysel (FRA) and Duc des Tourelles Z.
“We were really lucky that we were last to go in the jump-off,” said Gray-Rochon. “We had the advantage of being able to watch the first two go. My plan was to be efficient but try to ride for a nice clean round. We had a little mistake in the warm-up ring right before going in, but we’ve been together for six years and I knew it was totally my fault. I gave him a pat and tried to give him a couple of really positive jumps while giving myself a kick in the butt! He really felt like he enjoyed jumping in there, he’s been really happy all week.”
2019. Hampton Classic CSI 4 Derby Cel Bronte Gray-Rochon & Williamstown Guidam Shawn McMillen
Bronte Gray-Rochon (CAN) & Williamstown Guidam winners of the $25,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Show Jumping Derby at The Hampton Classic CSI 4*. 
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Source: Press release from The Hampton Classic Horse Show
Photos: © Shawn McMillen Photography