Bridgehampton, New York – September 05, 2021 – Sunday opened at the Hampton Classic Horse Show with two featured classes in the jumper and hunter rings leading up to the Classic’s culminating event, the $300,000 Longines Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI 4*, presented by Land Rover.
Twenty-two riders vied for top honors in the $25,000 Agneta & Brownlee Currey 1.45m Jumping Derby to start the day’s competition in the Grand Prix Ring. After a 15-effort course designed by Ireland’s Alan Wade (IRL), Maya Aryal (USA) of Fairfax, Va., brought home the win and the new Currey Cup Perpetual Trophy with a jump-off time of 35.252 seconds aboard her My Girl 52. Samantha Kasowitz (USA) of Bedford Corners, N.Y., finished second and third with times of 36.034 seconds and 36.645 seconds riding two Fair Play Farm mounts, Charlie and Dinky Toy VD Kranenburg, respectively.
“I’ve never been to the Hampton Classic, so this was a very special experience for me,” Aryal said. “The course was definitely a bit challenging. I was very fortunate to go at the end, so I was able to watch a few of my competitors. One of the most challenging things for me was to keep my horse collected and packaged on course. Both lines with liverpools (water jumps) were challenging in that we really had to collect through them, so we had to be careful going around.”
The Currey Cup Perpetual Trophy was donated and sponsored in memory of Agneta and Brownlee Currey by their children, Christian, Frances, and Stephanie. It will now be presented each year to the winner of the Agneta and Brownlee Currey Jumping Derby. Agneta and Brownlee Currey, longtime supporters of the Hampton Classic and the sport of show jumping, both passed away in 2020.
Aryal also took home the Swan Creek Farms Perpetual Trophy for winning the Junior Jumper High (1.40m) Championship with My Girl 52. Kasowitz was the Amateur/Amateur-Owner 1.40m Jumper Champion and Reserve Champion aboard Charlie and Dinky Toy VD Kranenburg, respectively.
Final Results – $25,000 Agneta & Brownlee Currey
1) Maya Aryal (USA) & My Girl 52 – 0 / 0 – 35.252
2) Samantha Kasowitz (USA) & Charlie – 0 / 0 – 36.034
3) Samantha Kasowitz (USA) & Dinky Toy VD Kranenburg – 0 / 0 – 36.645
Sources: Press Release by Marty Bauman / Classic Communications for The Hampton Classic Horse Show
Photos: © Kind Media