10th Annual Riders With Disabilities Horse Show at the Classic
The Hampton Classic Horse Show hosted the finals for the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders With Disabilities on Monday for the 10th year in a row.
The weeklong Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, now in its 40th year, took a pause from regular competition on Monday, but there was still serious riding going on in the hunter ring. L.I.H.S.S.R.D. riders have competed across Long Island in five competitions that are recognized by the United States Equestrian Federation and open to junior and adult riders with a documented disability. Riders are judged on equitation, as well as demonstration and knowledge of riding skills, and they compete for points to qualify for the championship. Ten riders from each division show at the Classic.
Before mounting their horses, riders joined their families for breakfast in a ringside chalet, where they got to meet two well-known professional riders, McLain Ward and Quentin Judge.
Judge Gary Duffy awarded the following championships:
• Walk-Trot Equitation Academy Class: Lauren Fisher of New York City, riding Just Keep Swimming. Todd Pritscher of Yaphank, riding White Diamond, won the reserve championship.
• Walk Equitation Academy Class: Emily McGowan of Melville, riding Bella Ragazza. Bonnie Bokser of Farmingdale, riding Knight in Shining Armor, and Joshua Gootnick of Jericho, riding Down Town Man, tied for the reserve championship.
• Walk With Aids Academy Class: Isaiah Forte of West Hempstead, riding White Diamond. Justine Wallace of Dix Hills won the reserve championship on Knight in Shining Armor.
James Manseau, Bridgehampton National Bank's executive vice president, handed out the ribbons and trophies. Hermes commemorative coolers were given to the champions.