Bridgehampton, NY - Charlotte Jacobs found the winning path riding Promised Land in the $10,000 Sotheby's International Realty Welcome Stake at the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Friday morning. The 15-year-old from East Aurora, NY, bested a field 39 in less than ideal conditions.
"It was great," said Jacobs. "It was kind of dark out this morning and then it started raining, but he just galloped right around there. He was awesome!"
The top 30 horses in the Sotheby's Stake qualify for the $25,000 Carolex Derby that takes place on Sunday morning just prior to the Hampton Classic's featured event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier.
A respectable seven horses and riders managed to ride fault-free in the Welcome Stake with Jacobs and "Peanut" as he is known around the barn, taking the fastest route to clock in at 72.195 seconds. Richard Neal and Cavaliers Tommi Tank were second with 74.006. Taylor Land and Karonda V. Schl'hof CH were third with 74.190.
Jacobs's Junior Hunter, Bring It On, also brought it home on Friday, winning the Championship in the Large Junior Hunter, 15 and under, division.
"I was actually really surprised I was champion," said Jacobs. "I won on Thursday and he was third in the other round, so I guess that gave us enough to win. This is the best year I have ever had at the Classic. It has been absolutely incredible."
Jacobs has a chance to make this Classic even better. She will be competing with Promised Land in the Carolex Derby, a member event of the Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, and on Bring It On in the $10,000 Hermes Hunter Classic on Sunday.
Because of the anticipated effects of Hurricane Earl, the staff at the Hampton Classic made several changes to the schedule in the interest of safety. As a result, the Grand Prix ring was finished before noon and the rest of the rings shortly thereafter. The majority of the horses left the show grounds on Thursday evening and others left on Friday. Some went home and others to neighboring farms that opened their barn doors to out-of-town horses. Some did choose to remain.
The Hampton Classic Horse Show is one of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation and features competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic veterans. The Classic continues through Sunday when it culminates with the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier.
For those who can't make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, is broadcasting up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv.
Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501.c.3 charitable corporation. It benefits Southampton Hospital and has contributed more than $1.5 million to the hospital since it began. For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.
Photo: Charlotte Jacobs takend earlier this year.