Bridgehampton, New York, USA – September 03, 2023 – Kicking off the day’s exciting grand prix action at the 2023 Hampton Classic Horse CSI 5* & CSI 2* were 45 horse-and-rider combinations representing 14 nations in the $78,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI 2*. Sixteen went clear over Alan Wade’s initial 16-effort track set at 1.45m, with Nayel Nassar (EGY) of Egypt ultimately clinching the win in 34.87 seconds aboard El Conde.
“My horse is naturally quick, so sometimes I err on the side of caution from running him too much,” Nassar said of Evergate Stables LLC’s 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood. “But today I figured I really had to; there was no other choice considering the riders in the jump-off and how big the field was. I don’t think one thing in particular made the difference today. Alan made a super track. It was mainly about doing the seven strides in the lines, slaloming those two vertical jumps (Fences #2 and 3), and just leaving everything up. It was a great jump-off and a great day.”
Two Irishmen rounded out the 2* podium. Conor Swail (IRL) earned second for his faultless time of 35.25 seconds aboard Count Me In, a 16-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Mannon Farm and Sandy Lupton; Philip McGuane (IRL) finished third in 35.47 seconds aboard Orphea HQ, Evergate Stables LLC’s 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare.
Final Results – $78,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI 2*
1) Nayel Nassar (EGY) & El Conde – 0 / 0 – 34.87
2) Conor Swail (IRL) & Count Me In – 0 / 0 – 35.25
3) Philip McGuane (IRL) & Orphea HQ – 0 / 0 – 35.47
Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman / Classic Communications for The Hampton Classic Horse Show
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