Christian Coyle Gallops to Win the $30,000 Hampton Classic Jumper Challenge 

Bridgehampton, New York – August 27, 2023 – Ireland’s Christian Coyle (IRL) bested a field of 43 entries in the $30,000 Hampton Classic Jumper Challenge to kick off the Hampton Classic Horse Show’s Open Jumper division on Sunday. He and Ma Pomme de Tamerville were the fastest of eight double-clear rounds, securing their victory in 37.975 seconds.

The Hampton Classic, August 27-September 3, is one of the world’s most prestigious horse shows, featuring competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities.

For the $30,000 Hampton Classic 1.40m Jumper Challenge’s winning-round format, Coyle’s countryman Alan Wade designed a winding 15-effort course to welcome the world’s top equestrians into the Hampton Classic Grand Prix Arena. Each of the 12 riders who returned to the jump-off put in faster rounds than the last, until Coyle and In Showjumpers’ 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare stopped the clock at 37.975 seconds.

“I thought Kelli’s (Cruciotti Vanderveen) (USA) time would be really tough to beat,” Coyle said. “But my horse is naturally fast, and sometimes I have to try to slow her down. Going late in the class, I knew what I had to do, and I thought if we could just get over all the jumps that we would have a good chance. I’m really happy with how today worked out. I like the winning-round format; it seems to suit me and my mare well.”

Cruciotti Vanderveen (USA) finished second with her time of 38.386 seconds aboard Forever SFN, Serenity Farm’s 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Lord Lucio, Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC’s 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, took third with their double-clear, 38.815-second score.

With this victory, Coyle takes an early lead in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge with 100 points. Cruciotti Vanderveen sits second with 80 points, while Pessoa holds third with 70 points. The Challenge, which awards $30,000 and a Longines watch to the rider accumulating the most points in the week’s Open Jumper classes, will be awarded Sunday following the $425,000 Longines Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI 5*. 

Christian Coyle (IRL) & Ma Pomme De Tamerville

Final Results – $30,000 Open Jumper Challenge

1) Christian Coyle (IRL) & Ma Pomme de Tamerville – 0 / 0 – 37.975

2) Kelli Cruciotti Vanderveen (USA) & Forever SFN – 0 / 0 – 38.386

3) Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) & Lord Lucio – 0 / 0 – 38.815

Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman from The Hampton Classic Horse Show

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