The third class on the Grand Prix field at the Hampton Classic Tuesday was the Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search jumper equitation class, comprising an over fences test, after which the top twelve returned to the ring for under saddle work for the judge Steve Wall, of Pinehurst, NC.
Seventeen-year-old Jordyn Rose Freedman of Longmeadow, MA, emerged the victor, following both phases of testing.
When asked what set Freedman above the rest in his evaluation, Wall replied: “She really smoked it over fences. She was deadly accurate, smooth with a beautiful position. She was way ahead. The top three were all really good, but I had her pretty high up. It was hard for the others to catch her, she would have had to make some kind of drastic blunder. She was also very good on the flat. All of the kids, the top 12-13 were all pretty good. It was a good class.”
Freedman did note that she had been working hard on her position all season.
“I’ve been working a lot this summer on my flat work, so it was nice that I could show that,” explained Freedman. “I’ve really been working on my leg position, holding my ankles correctly as well as my back. I’ve also been working on extensions at the trot and canter, both of which the judge asked for in the flat phase, so it was good that we had really been working hard on those.”
Jordyn Rose Freedman talks about winning the Platinum Performance USEF Talent Search class in the Grand Prix Field.
Posted by The Hampton Classic Horse Show on Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Wednesday’s competition continues with open jumpers in the grand prix ring including the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper class and the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper class.
Hunters continue Wednesday with the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Hunter Classics and many more.