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HAMPTON CLASSIC 2021

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Daniel Bluman Blazes to Victory in the $300,000 LONGINES Hampton Classic Grand Prix Presented by Land Rover

Bridgehampton, NY – Sept. 5, 2021 – Seven of 23 riders returned to jump off for the blue on Sunday in the $300,000 LONGINES Hampton Classic Grand Prix Presented by Land Rover, and it was Israel’s Daniel Bluman who soared to victory with a blistering time of 34.750 seconds.

Bluman, two-time Olympic veteran and 2017 Hampton Classic Grand Prix champion, piloted Blue Star Investments’ Gemma W, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, around the ring after five-time U.S. Olympian McLain Ward took the lead, finishing in a time of 36.790 seconds. Bluman had the advantage of watching Ward’s round.

“I was watching everything McLain did carefully,” Bluman said. “He’s a fast rider, and he loves to win this class. Then the crowd went crazy when he finished, and I had so many emotions at that point. I just said to myself that I was going to give everything – absolutely everything – I had. I was going to take all the risks, and I was going to beat him. I wasn’t going to be slower than him today. And it worked out.”

“It was a really incredible feeling,” Bluman added. “It’s really special not only because it’s the Hampton Classic, but because it’s McLain Ward on his home turf. To beat him today is definitely going to be one that I'll remember.”

Ward has won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix a record seven times, and this year he brought his 2021 Olympic partner, Contagious, to compete. The 12-year-old German Sport Horse gelding, owned by Beechwood Stables LLC, helped Ward clinch Team Silver at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.

“He’s a super quality horse,” Ward said. “He’s always been very, very careful, and he’s a fighter. My team has that horse in spectacular form right now from preparing for the Olympics, where we achieved a dream result. It’s nice that he was able to return home and be fit and ready to go, which is a testament to all the care from our team.”

After his second-place finish in the Grand Prix, Ward won the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge with a total of 538 points. Bluman placed second with 350 points.

Schuyler Riley (USA) rounded out the top three in both the Hampton Classic Grand Prix and the LONGINES Rider Challenge, collecting a total of 325 points. After finishing second with Katherine Gallagher’s Robin de Ponthual in Friday’s Grand Prix Qualifier, she piloted the 16-year-old Selle Français gelding to a fault-free time of 37.420 seconds.

“I got Robin after he already had a big career in the grands prix,” Riley said. “He came from McLain, so he knew the ropes a little bit. I always felt his scope and carefulness, and over the last two years, we’ve gotten to know and trust each other so well. He’s just a machine. I think he’s one of the best horses in the world right now.”

The 16-effort, 1.60m course designed by Ireland’s Alan Wade featured several rollback turns, a double combination, and a triple combination. In the jump-off, the turn from the Jaguar obstacle to the red fence before the final jump home was where Ward felt he made a mistake.

“No one had done the seven (strides) from Jump 1 to 2, which we knew was an option in the course walk,” Ward said. “I was 90 percent committed and I did it, but I did it late. Then I ended up going quite wide through the turn, and I just tried to be neat and efficient after that. When I landed from the last jump, I knew I’d left the door open.”

Although Bluman admitted he wasn’t thinking much during his round and was just trying to go as fast as possible, Gemma W answered every question he asked of her. “Gemma has been with us since she was five years old,” he said. “From the beginning, I knew she was very special and athletic. She wants to do the job, and she wants to leave the jumps up all the time. She’s scopey and careful, and I believe she has a great mind and a great heart.”

The Grand Prix was also a part of the Jump for JustWorld Program. For every clear jump over the Jaguar obstacle, Jaguar/Land Rover of Long Island supported JustWorld International by donating money to help fund a child to go to school for one year. By the end of the class, Jaguar donated a total of $10,000.

A different competition, the Hampton Cottages & Gardens Table Décor Awards, took place in the VIP Tent during Sunday’s final class. LoveShackFancy, Rebecca Hessel Cohen’s lifestyle and travel-inspired clothing brand, took blue-ribbon honors for having the best-decorated table.

Each year approximately 50,000 people – including many A-list celebrities – come to watch the nation’s best equestrian athletes compete at the Hampton Classic. The Hampton Classic features more than 200 classes in six show rings, the Agneta Currey Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, all on its world-class 60-acre show grounds. This year’s Hampton Classic featured five FEI classes showcasing elite riders from around the world, including Olympic and World Equestrian Games veterans. There were also kid-friendly activities throughout the week including pony rides, petting farm animals, daily special attractions and more.

The Hampton Classic was pleased to continue its relationship with ShowNet by offering its services FREE to all exhibitors, including Live Results and Post Round Video.

For those who didn’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions aired on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ClipMyHorseTV and courtesy of LONGINES. ClipMyHorseTV also provided a complimentary live webcast of all Anne Aspinall ring competitions and archive video, all available on the Hampton Classic website.

For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

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The 44th edition of the Hampton Classic Horse Show ended in spectacular fashion Sunday, with two-time Canadian Olympic veteran, Mario Deslauriers, capturing the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix on his mount Bardolina.


An annual tradition signaling the end of summer and the famed Hamptons social season, the Classic hosts every level of horse and rider from the smallest lead-line competitor up to World Cup, World and Olympic champions.

The Deslauriers family will have extra celebrating to do after this particular win. Mario’s daughter, Lucy, who just returned from being part of the U.S. bronze-medal winning team at the Pan American Games, had a stellar week at the Classic. She followed a win on Friday in the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier with a second-place finish in Sunday’s marquee event. Lisa Deslauriers (wife of Mario and mother of Lucy,) a past Grand Prix and USET competitor, is Chairman of the Board of the Hampton Classic.


Course Designer Michel Vaillancourt built a challenging course at the maximum height of 1.60m, including a triple combination which took the competitors nearly the entire length of the packed VIP tent. The tough course was a true test of ability, resulting in just three of 39 combinations progressing to a jump-off round.

The start order for the class was determined by the final placings in Friday’s $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier, which meant the better you did Friday, the later in the order you went on Sunday. Lucy Deslauriers had the luxury of being the final rider to go in the jump-off; American team gold medalist from the 2018 World Equestrian Games, Devin Ryan with his WEG mount Eddie Blue went first, sandwiching Mario Deslauriers in the middle.

The jump-off course consisted of eight jumping efforts, in a series of S-curves across the ring from side to side, and a long gallop down to the last fence headed toward the in-gate. Ryan misjudged the striding to the second fence and Eddie Blue had it down. They were able to hold it to just the four faults, crossing the timers in 42.66 seconds.


Next to go, the senior Deslauriers executed a masterful pivot turn with Bardolina from the third fence in front of the VIP tents, to cross in front of the open water, cutting across the field to the Hermès oxer at fence four. They were slightly off Ryan’s time, but more importantly they kept the jumps up to finish on a clean score in 42.82 seconds.

Last to go, Deslauriers’s 20-year-old daughter also took the inside turn with long-time partner Hester, and with his effortless galloping stride they easily had the best time, finishing in 39.60. However, in a heartbreaking turn, they pulled the top rail on the final fence, to finish second on a score of four faults.

“I got a little excited,” admitted Deslauriers as she recounted her jump-off round. “If I had it to do over again, I should have pulled a little harder to the last fence.”

When asked what he was thinking as he watched Lucy follow himin the jump-off, knowing that if she had a rail, he would win the class, Mario replied: “Lucy won on Friday so today was my turn! Seriously, she and Hester make a great pair, and I know they are very quick. I did what I had to do to put a little pressure on her.”

Mario Deslauriers received beautiful new timepieces courtesy of LONGINES for his win, as well as a check for $99,000.00 and a beautiful award of a large-format bottle of Whispering Angel wine from Chateau D’Esclans. Lucy’s check was for $60,000, but she had to ask her mom to carry her wine – she’s not old enough to drink yet!


For each of the seven years the $30,000 LONGINES Leading Rider Challenge has been in place, it has been won by an Irish rider, going back and forth between Sweetnam and countryman Richie Moloney. With his consistent results this week, Shane Sweetnam secured another win, amassing 364 points to finish on top for an incredible third year. He received the $30,000 prize as well as a lovely new timepiece courtesy of LONGINES.

TheHampton Cottages & Gardens Table Décor Awards were presented Sunday, with tables in the two VIP tents decorated in spectacular fashion. First place was awarded to the table of Whispering Angel/Chateau D’Esclans. Second went to Bridgehampton Florist and third to CMC Bridge.

The 44thHampton Classic featured over 200 classes in six beautifully manicured show rings. One of the most spectacular equestrian events in the nation showcasing the highest levels of hunter-jumper competition, the world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the nation and world.

For complete horse show results and more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.comor call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. Join the Hampton Classic in 2020 when the Classic returns August 23-30.

$300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix Bridgehampton CSI4*

Rider / Horse / Country / Faults : Time

1. Mario Deslauriers / Bardolina / Canada / 0 : 42.82

2. Lucy Deslauriers / Hester / USA / 4 : 39.60

3. Devin Ryan / Eddie Blue / USA / 4 : 42.66

4. David Blake / Keoki / Ireland / 1 : 88.62

5. Jonathan Corrigan / Loughnavatta Indigo / Ireland / 1 : 88.99

6. McLain Ward / Noche de Ronda / USA / 4 : 81.56


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HAMPTON CLASSIC 2018

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The 43rd edition of the Hampton Classic Horse Show ended in spectacular fashion Sunday, with America’s McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, capturing the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix presented by Douglas Elliman for a record seventh time.

An annual tradition signifying the end of the famed Hamptons social season, for the past eight days the Classic has hosted every level of horse and rider from the smallest leadline competitor up to World Cup, World and Olympic Champions such as Sunday’s winner, McLain Ward.

Course Designer Michel Vaillancourt built a challenging course at the maximum height of 1.60m, including a line of jumps taking the competitors nearly the entire length of the packed VIP tent. The tough course was a true test of ability, resulting in just five horse-and-rider pairs advancing to the jump-off round.

The start order was determined by the final placings in the $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier earlier in the week, which meant the better you did Friday, the further down in the order you went on Sunday. Ward was in the bottom third. Friday’s winner, Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam, had the luxury of being the final rider to go in Sunday’s Grand Prix. They jumped a clean round, which meant they jumped last in the jump-off.

Ward, never one to ride for second place, pulled out all the stops with HH Gigi’s Girl, the 10-year-old grey mare owned by Double H Farm. They cleared the course and flew across the finish line in a time of 39.32 seconds, knowing speedy Sweetnam was yet to come. The only time Ward let up on the gas was heading to the very last fence, and only for a split second, knowing that if he pushed any more, he would risk having the last jump down.

“The line from the Jaguar vertical to the last jump ended up being a steady seven strides,” said Ward in the press conference following the awards. “But it was one of those lines where although the seven seemed steady, almost holding, doing six strides would become kamikaze. I also didn’t know what quality the jump would be off the full rollback to the Jaguar. Gigi slipped just a tiny bit on the tight rollback turn she made to the Jaguar fence, which actually worked out perfectly because it meant I could support and push up to it. However, she is young and still a bit inexperienced. I knew I had done a lot already and heading down that last line, I had to take a bit off the gas pedal.”

Ward and HH Gigi’s Girl finished with a clean score, in a time of 39.32.

Eventual third-place finisher Lucy Davis was unable to catch Ward’s time. Caracho left the jumps up, but they crossed the timers in 42.47 seconds.

Last to jump, Sweetnam had to contend with Main Road bucking sporadically in the jump-off, both upon landing and while galloping between fences. They crossed through the timers with no jumping faults in a time of 41.24 seconds to finish in second place.

The top three riders each received beautiful new timepieces courtesy of Longines.

Although Sweetnam would have to be content with second in the class, his lead in the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge was so strong that he easily held onto first place and took the title for the second time.

Having been awarded one Longines watch for finishing second in the Grand Prix, Sweetnam received a second watch for securing the Longines Rider Challenge. Adding these to the watches he won in Friday’s $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by Longines and Saturday’s $70,000 LONGINES Cup, Sweetnam certainly won’t have an excuse to ever be late!

The 43rd Hampton Classic featured over 200 classes in six beautifully manicured show rings. One of the most spectacular equestrian events in the nation showcasing the highest levels of hunter-jumper competition, the world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the nation and world.

For complete horse show results and more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.comor call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.


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