Waldfogel Flies to Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at Hampton Classic

The California teenager urges Zorro to the tricolor

Bridgehampton, N.Y., Aug. 27, 2015 — Emma Waldfogel of Palo Alto, Calif., made her first trip to the Hampton Classic a memorable and rewarding one by winning the $5,000 Strong’s Marine Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship, on her own Zorro.

“The Hampton Classic has always been a show that I’ve wanted to come to, so I’m really glad that I’m here,” said Waldfogel, 19, who brought Zorro, two hunters and her equitation horse. “I always thought that it looks beautiful, and the competition is really hard. It just seemed like a fun show to come to, and I’ve loved it so far.”

Waldfogel is finishing up a gap year devoted to riding, after graduating from the Castilleja School in Palo Alto. But next Wednesday she’ll be heading to Scotland to attend St. Andrews College. “I love Europe, and I want to travel while I’m there. I hope to get to ride there too, if my parents are OK with it. But so far they’ve been really supportive,” she said sheepishly.

Waldfogel and Zorro bested 29 other horses with an aggressive jump-off round. “I left out a stride between the first two fences, And I’m really lucky that he has quick foot speed–that helped a lot. Plus, we just stayed on a really good rhythm,” she said.

Waldfogel had never shown in the jumper division before this year, and she bought Zorro, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood, to do it. “He’s my first and only jumper, and he’s wonderful,” she said.

“He’s really sweet, but he’s a little firecracker. His personality is really different from how he goes in the ring. He’s sweet and quiet in the barn, and I can take him trail riding. But once he gets in the ring, he lights up,” Waldfogel added. “He’s taught me a lot, and he’s put up with a lot of my mistakes. I’ve been lucky with that.”

Waldfogel trains with Mark Bone and Jamie Taylor.

Francesca Dildabanian of New York City started off the morning in Jumper Ring 2 by winning the $5,000 Junior Jumper Classic on Catika Van De Helle. That victory gave Dildabanian and Catika Van De Helle the Low Junior Jumper Championship. Dildabanian also grabbed the reserve championship with Ollywood Des Horts.

More About the Classic
The Hampton Classic, the prestigious culminating event of the Hamptons’ famed summer season, runs August 23-30 in Bridgehampton, NY, hosting its 40th year of world-class equestrian competition. Many of the world’s top jumper and hunter riders come from across the country and beyond to compete for their share of some of the richest prize money in the nation.
The Hampton Classic features six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options and a Farmer’s Market, all on its 60-acre show grounds. With its top competition and pristine setting, The Hampton Classic is not just a place to see, it’s also a place to be seen. Just in the last two years, A-list celebrities such as Jerry Seinfeld, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Matt Lauer, Kelly Ripa, Julianne Moore, Sofia Vergara and Mary-Kate Olsen have been in attendance.
The Hampton Classic hosts more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. A wide range of hunter, jumper and equitation classes are offered from leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix level. The Classic also has classes for riders with disabilities. The Classic culminates on Sunday, August 30, “Grand Prix Sunday,” with an impressive schedule of classes including three finals – the $30,000 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Finals, the $25,000 Campbell Stables Show Jumping Derby, and the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Presented by LONGINES – in the Grand Prix Ring, as well as the $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic in the Anne Aspinall Ring.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring classes are shown on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of LONGINES, the official timekeeper of the Hampton Classic. They are also shown on the USEF Network. In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at www.wvvh.tv
. Most of the Classic’s other classes are also available on ShowNet.biz.
Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

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Californian Emma Waldfogel and Zorro jumped to the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship at the Hampton Classic.
(McMillen photo)