Victoria Heurtematte Earns First FEI Win in Thursday’s $10,000 Citarella Open Jumper CSI2* at the 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show
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Panama’s Victoria Heurtematte earned her first FEI win on Thursday, riding her 12-year-old Zangersheide mare Scarlett Du Sart Z to top honors in the $10,000 Citarella Open Jumper CSI2* at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. The pair tripped the timers on the fastest double-clear round in 30.740 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 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.
“This was my first time at the Hampton Classic and my first FEI win, so it’s very exciting,” Heurtematte said. “I’ve only had Scarlett for three or four months, so she’s pretty new. I’m still getting to know her, but she’s very fast. I think the course was great for us.”
For the first FEI competition of the week, Ireland’s Alan Wade presented a field of 40 competitors representing ten countries with a two-phase 1.40m course featuring 15 total jumping efforts. Top placings continued to shift throughout the class as the entries grew faster and bolder. Heurtematte’s position at fourth-to-last in the order allowed her time to watch her competitors’ rounds.
“I was very lucky to go later in the class because I could see what the others were doing,” Heurtematte said. “We had a good plan by the time I went in, and it really worked out. My mare is just awesome. Since we’ve been together, she’s been great. We went to Bolivarian Games in Colombia in June and finished eighth in the final, and she had a good rest before we came here. She’s just been incredible.”