The Hampton Classic is always a can’t miss summer destination on the ShowNet calendar, and the posh New York venue didn’t disappoint in 2018.
Hampton Classic highlights include:
$75,000 Douglas Elliman GP Qualifier: Always contentious, the Douglas Elliman Grand Prix qualifier put valuable spots in the Hampton Classic Grand Prix on the line. Shane Sweetnam bested a field of 50 to win the class. He and the Blue Buckle Group’s Indra van de Oude Heihoef were fastest in a nine-horse jump-off. The duo was fresh off a win in five-star competition at the Dublin Horse Show.
$70,000 Longines Cup: Sweetnam and Indra continued their hot streak a day later in the Longines Cup. This time besting a more compact jump-off field of five, the pair was still fastest. They edged out Richie Moloney and Rocksy Music by three-tenths of a second.
$10,000 Equitation Championship: On her 14th birthday, Mimi Gochman won the Equitation Championship. Riding her family’s Heroy von de Hei, she rode to a winning two-round total of 187 points. The pair’s second round score of 95 clinched them the victory.
$300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix: McLain Ward would not be denied in the Hampton Classic Grand Prix. He rode Double H Farm’s Gigi’s Girl to top honors over a star-studded jump-off field of five. The pair’s bold inside turn brought them through the timers nearly two seconds fastest to put another exclamation mark on Labor Day weekend in the Hamptons.
More memorable moments in the next Weekly Wrap!