'Quinn' Wins the Lalique Open Jumper Class at Hampton Classic Rider McLain Ward Edges Out Aaron Vale in Exciting Division Opener

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY (August 28, 2001) - With just over 2 tenths of a second separating them, rider McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, and his 8-year-old French gelding Quinn edged out Aaron Vale of Camden, SC, riding Lady Miss in the Lalique Open Jumper (Low) Class at the 26th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. 
The Lalique Open Jumper Class is a converted speed class for up-and-coming show jumpers, where knockdowns are scored as time faults instead of penalties. Many riders and trainers use the class as a warm-up for the FEI World Cup Qualifyer, which will be held Friday, Aug. 31, at The Hampton Classic.
"This horse is actually an intermediate horse who is just moving up to the open jumpers, so we are quite happy today with him today," said Ward, who has been competing at The Hampton Classic for about 19 years. "This class is actually a little farther along in his development, and we are excited for him to be a player." 
Quinn, who is entered in the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix on Saturday, Sept.1 at The Hampton Classic, had the fastest score of the 98 entries in the class. Ward also took fifth place on Cameo, an 11-year-old Dutch mare. 
Further results of the class: 
3rd: Diams III, ridden by Joe Fargis 
4th: Carousel, ridden by Ramiro Quintana 
5th: Cameo, ridden by McLain Ward 
6th: Siempre, ridden by Beezie Madden 
7th: Geez Loueez, ridden by Todd Minikus 
8th: Gotier Mancier, ridden by Eric Lamaze 
9th: Chica Bay, ridden by Paige Rassas 
10th: Poleander, ridden by Amanda Baird 
In other results, Ashley Baker of Wellington, Fla., took home the $1,400 first prize in Amateur Owner Open Jumper (High) aboard Beaucoup. Mary Moricoli of Wilmette, Ill., and Feleena were second.