A bevy of top names in the sport of international showjumping including Olympic, World and Pan American Games medalists, have confirmed their entries for the 2016 Hampton Classic Horse Show. This world-renowned competition draws the most elite jumper and hunter competitors from across the nation. The 41st annual show will take place August 28-September 4 at their prestigious venue in Bridgehampton, NY.
Heading the list of impressive entries are double Olympic gold medalists McLain Ward and Beezie Madden, both of whom will have just returned from competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, a fourth Olympic appearance for each of them. In addition to his numerous Grand Prix wins around the globe, Ward clinched his first-ever individual gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games along with a team bronze medal. He has won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix a record six times.
Madden, who has been named the USEF Equestrian of the Year four times, also won an individual bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, individual silver and team bronze medals at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2006 and 2014, and she was the FEI World Cup Champion in 2013. In addition to her plethora of Grand Prix victories and participation on numerous gold medal-winning FEI Nations Cup teams, Madden became the only woman rider to ever win the prestigious Longines King George V Gold Cup in Hickstead, England in its 109-year history, a victory she scored consecutively in 2014 and 2015.
Also entered is fellow U.S. Olympic veteran Margie Engle, one of the most accomplished riders in U.S. history. Ireland's Kevin Babington, winner of the Hampton Classic Grand Prix in 2014, will be seeking to reclaim his title after a streak of successes on the circuit this year, having most recently won the $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid in July. Fellow Irishman Shane Sweetnam, will also be heading to Long Island after a successful summer of competition in Europe. American rider Richie Moloney has also entered, as have crowd favorites Jessica Springsteen and Georgina Bloomberg.
Source: Press release from Hampton Classic Horse Show
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