First Light and Stephanie Danhakl
Champion Amateur Owner Hunter 18-35
Two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward edged out
17-year-old Lucy Deslauriers to win the $75,000 Douglas
Elliman Grand Prix Qualier, presented by Longines for the
second consecutive year at the 41
annual Hampton Classic
Deslauriers went second of the eight who reached the jump-o
by riding clear over the Alan Wade-designed rst-round course.
She set the mark to beat with a clean jump-o ride 40.75 seconds
on Hester, owned by Lisa Deslauriers and it looked like she might
have the blue ribbon until Ward, going next to last, clipped o
more than a second on HH Carlos Z, owned by Double H Farm,
stopping the timers at 39.31 seconds.
“Lucy is a great young rider with a very exciting future. I’m
excited for her to be on some teams with me in the future, so my
hat’s o to her,” said Ward. “I have a seasoned horse and he’s very
good at the speed part. Normally, if he’s in the jump-o, we have
a very good chance to win. He just has great foot speed.”
Deslauiers was amazed at her runner-up nish. “It was a
really great class and I am almost shocked at the results,” said
Deslauriers. “My horse is incredible and I didn’t have much to
lose going against these top riders. I just gave it my all and hoped
it would be enough. Losing to McLain is not a very bad thing.”
One year ago, Ward won this class on HH Azur on his way to the
Rio Olympic Games, where the pair won a team silver medal, but
this year he almost didn’t make it past the rst round with Carlos
“I didn’t think I rode him well in the rst round,” said Ward.
“I lost my stirrup, which I can’t remember the last time that’s
happened, so I thought I was a little bit lucky to get a clear.
Sometimes that just works in your favor; you just take a deep
HH Carlos Z and McLain Ward
Winner $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualier
Hester and Lucy Deslauriers
Reserve $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualier
In one of the most exciting jump-o rounds in the 41-year
history of the Hampton Classic, Richie Moloney (IRL) blazed
around the course on Carrabis Z, owned by Equinimity, LLC, to
claim the top prize in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix,
presented by Longines.
“It’s special, it’s a great show and always a great crowd here,” said
Moloney. “We try to have our horses in top form for this week.
It means a lot to win the Grand Prix here. My horse has been
amazing, this is his fourth grand prix win. It’s very good to have
him and I’m lucky to have my owners at Equinimity, and a great
sta. I’m just thankful, without all of those people this wouldn’t
e victory gave Moloney the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge
as the horse show’s leading open jumper rider for third time in
four years. He received 100 points for a nal total of 337.5, which
put him 98 points ahead of Catherine Tyree who nished second
with 239.5. McLain Ward nished in third with 226 points.
Five horses out of the 29 starting entries representing six nations
made it to the jump-o by turning in clean rounds over the Alan
Wade-designed course. In the jump-o, all ve went clear, leaving
it up to the Longines timers to determine the winner. e rst
to go in the jump-o was the defending champion, Karen Polle