Cara Dayton Wins Sunday’s $25,000 Agneta and Brownlee Currey Jumping Derby at the 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show
Avery Glynn Takes the Blue in the $10,000 Hermès Equitation Championship
Eight of 30 competitors returned to jump off for top honors in Sunday morning’s $25,000 Agneta and Brownlee Currey Jumping Derby at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. In the end, Cara Dayton of Chesapeake City, MD, took home the Currey Cup Perpetual Trophy for her winning-round time of 33.090 seconds aboard Deborah Dayton’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Durrant.
The Hampton Classic, August 28-September 4, is one of the world’s most prestigious horse shows, offering more than $1 million in prize money during a full schedule featuring competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities.
Course designer Alan Wade of Ireland set a 15-effort, 1.40m track for the $25,000 Agneta and Brownlee Currey Jumping Derby, where Dayton and Durrant were the fastest in the jump-off with one of only four double-clear rides. This win also secured their title for the High Amateur Jumper Championship.
“I’m absolutely elated,” Dayton said. “It’s been a busy week. I honestly wasn’t expecting to be champion, but my horse has been absolutely amazing. I owe all credit to Durrant for the Derby win and the tricolor. He’s an amazing horse and has so much heart. He really helped me in the Derby when I made two mistakes coming into the first and second jumps in the jump-off. He just found the scope to try, and I really couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”
Samantha Kasowitz of New York, NY, rode Fair Play Farm’s 12-year-old Selle Français mare Astoria Jo to a second-place finish with a time of 34.534 seconds, earning the High Amateur Jumper Reserve Championship along the way. Mallory Vale of Williston, FL, was third with her time of 35.278 seconds aboard Thinks Like A Horse’s 14-year-old Oldenburg gelding Condarco.
Now in its second year, the Currey Cup Perpetual Trophy was donated and sponsored in memory of Agneta and Brownlee Currey by their children, Christian, Frances, and Stephanie. Agneta and Brownlee Currey, longtime supporters of the Hampton Classic and the sport of show jumping, both passed away in 2020.
During the Jumping Derby’s award presentations, Mimi Gochman of New York, NY, received her tricolor and the Swan Creek Farms Perpetual Trophy for riding Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s 11-year-old Selle Français mare Gabbie BH to the High Junior Jumper Championship. The jumper judges also selected Ella Kraut of Devon, NJ, as the winner of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Style of Riding Award. The Award is given to the junior rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation, as modeled by Show Jumping Hall of Famers Conrad Homfeld and Joe Fargis.