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Bridgehampton, NY – September 1, 2022 – 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.
“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.”
Americans Aaron Vale and Georgina Bloomberg finished in second and third, respectively, after both also used their rounds in the latter half of the order to their advantage. Vale piloted Lori Osterstock’s I.Adermie R 4, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, to second place with a time of 31.140 seconds, while Bloomberg stopped the clock in 31.880 seconds aboard Sempa Fidelis, a 13-year-old Hanoverian mare owned by Gotham Enterprizes LLC.
McLain Ward (USA) reclaimed his top spot in the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge following Thursday morning’s featured event with a total of 120 points. Richie Moloney (IRL) has moved into second place with 105 points; Alison Robitaille (USA) is in third with 104 points. The Challenge, which awards $30,000 and a LONGINES watch to the winner, will be awarded Sunday following the $410,000 Hampton Classic 5* Grand Prix.
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