McLain Ward Blazes to Victory in the $30,000 Hampton Classic 1.40m Jumper Challenge at the 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show
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Five-time U.S. Olympian and seven-time Hampton Classic Grand Prix champion McLain Ward is no stranger to winning in the Hampton Classic arena, and he started his week at the 2022 Horse Show no differently. He and his 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Faro were impossible to catch in the $30,000 Hampton Classic 1.40m Jumper Challenge, finishing in the top spot with a double-clear time of 31.353 seconds.
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 with 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.
All Grand Prix Arena competitors have the opportunity throughout the week to ride on the new state-of-the-art all-weather footing installed by Travis Gould and his JTWG, Inc., under the guidance of iEquitek’s Bill Hawe and in consultation with Oliver Hoberg. It is engineered using the same processes used for the footing in the International Arena at Wellington International (FL) and Tryon Stadium (NC), both of which have received rave reviews, as well as the upcoming 2023 LONGINES FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in Omaha.
The $30,000 Hampton Classic 1.40m Jumper Challenge drew 59 entries as many of the Classic’s Open Jumpers turned out for their first rides on the new surface. The first Alan Wade-designed course of the week featured 14 jumping efforts in a winning-round format, where Ward and Faro had the fastest double-clear.