Ellen Toon Earns Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Hunter Title At The Hampton Classic

Invincible and Ellen Toon won the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)
Invincible and Ellen Toon won the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship at the Hampton Classic. (Shawn McMillen photo)

Bridgehampton, NY - August 31, 2013 - For the fourth consecutive year, Ellen Toon, of So. Salem, N.Y., rode Invincible to win the Hunt Ltd. Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship at the 38th Hampton Classic. Invincible was also the show's Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion. "He's always just fabulous" in the Hampton Classic's Anne Aspinall Hunter Ring, said Toon.

"He loves the grass in that ring, and he loves the atmosphere of the show. And it's good for him that you can't school in that ring [before the class], so it's all new to him, and that really perks him up." Toon added, "Plus he's a seasoned horse, so we trust each other, and I have a fabulous trainer." Her trainer is her husband, professional trainer Jim Toon.

The Toons found Invincible, 13, in Holland as a 6-year-old. "He was so easy from the beginning-a natural hunter. And we've had so much fun with him ever since. He's just a joy," said Ellen, mother of two children, ages 15 and 26.

Invincible had a vacation this summer, so neither Invincible nor Ellen had shown for five months. To tune him up for Ellen, Amanda Steege showed Invincible in the Hampton Classic's Regular Conformation Hunter division. "The Hampton Classic so beautiful and so well-run. It's our favorite horse show of the year," said Ellen.

In other action in the Hunter Rings, Zoom, owned and ridden by Laura Sexton, won the Amateur-Owner, 18-35, Championship. Armani, owned and ridden by Madeline Schaeffer, won the Small Pony Hunter Championship, and Truly Noble, owned by Pegasus Show Stable and ridden by Emma Kurtz, won the Medium Pony Hunter Championship. All My Love, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and shown by Emma Kurtz, won the Large Pony Hunter Championship.

The 38th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 1 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.  The Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages.  A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic's schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

The Classic features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days - the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier Presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday.  The world-class field of riders will also be looking to win the new Longines Rider Challenge that awards $30,000 to the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show's Open Jumper division.

The FTI Grand Prix is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge, which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show.  McLain Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Rothchild  in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Rothchild to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.

For those who can't make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These telecasts can also be seen online at www.WVVH.com.

Free live webcasts of all  Grand Prix Ring competition will be available, courtesy  of ShowNet, at www.HamptonClassic.com. Competition in other rings will be available on a pay-per-view basis at www.shownet.biz. 

Further 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.