Bridgehampton, NY - Sept. 3, 2012 - Scott Stewart, of Wellington Fla., was the Leading Hunter Rider of the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, winning three hunter championships. He was presented with the Charlie Weaver Memorial Trophy for the second consecutive year and for the sixth time in his career.
“This means a lot to me,” said Stewart. “I really admired Charlie, and I learned a lot from watching him over the years. So this is probably the most important award of the year to me.”
Stewart rode Enjoy to the first year green hunter championship, Dedication to the second year green hunter championship and Garfield to the Triple Crown Custom high performance hunter championship.
Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, Fla., climaxed her successful week at the Hampton Classic by winning the Kathy Scholl Memorial Trophy as the Leading Junior Hunter Rider, after winning two championships and one reserve championship in the junior hunter division. Just before receiving the award, Colvin rode Way Cool to win the $10,000 Hermes Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic.
Colvin, 14, was also the Leading Junior Hunter Rider in 2011, when she and Way Cool, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, also won the Hermes Hunter Classic. “It’s amazing to win this award again,” said Colvin, who rode seven hoses in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions during the Hampton Classic. “I’m tired, but I love doing this.”
Invincible, owned and ridden by Ellen Toon of So. Salem, N.Y., won the grand hunter championship. Invincible also won the amateur-owner, 36 &Over, hunter championship.
For those who couldn’t make it to the 37th Annual Hampton Classic this week, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcast up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can be seen on line at www.wvvh.tv.
All classes held in the Grand Prix Ring are available on ShowNet. Access to this pay-per-view stream may be found on the Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com, or via ShowNet membership at www.ShowNet.biz.
Two additional outlets, the USEF Network.com, Presented by SmartPak, and HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, both offered free live webcasts of the Classic’s featured event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier. These free webcasts are available at www.USEFNetwork.com and www.HRTV.com.
Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
Photo: Scott Stewart riding Enjoy, one of the horses that helped him earn the Leading Hunter Rider title at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. Shawn McMillen photo.