Jimmy Torano and Levland Capture High Performance Hunter Championship at Hampton Classic Horse Show

Scott Stewart claims four championships and three reserves.

Bridgehampton, NY – August 31, 2016 — Jimmy Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Levland, owned by The Levland Group, captured the prestigious High Performance Hunter Championship in the Anne Aspinall Ring at the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. Scott Stewart and Cameo, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, won the reserve championship.

“When you talk about the High Performance division, it takes a special horse and Levland is that horse. He has so much ability. He is very scopey, he’s got a big stride and he’s careful with very good technique, which is what you want in a horse,” said Torano. “It’s nice to win. The only time I have ever been champion at the Classic was twenty plus years ago, so to be champion in the High Performance is a big deal.”Jimmy Torano Hampton Classic Horse ShowJimmy Torano and Levland Win High Performance Hunter Championship
Photo credit: Shawn McMillen

In addition to winning the reserve championship in the High Performance division, Scott Stewart won four Hunter division championships and two reserve championships, placing him in a strong position for the Grand Hunter Championship to be awarded on Sunday.

“The horses went great, it’s always so nice to come here and jump on the grass field. It’s a little bit different for them,” said Stewart. “I was very pleased with everything. It’s a nice group of horses and this is one of my favorite horse shows.”

The 2016 Hampton Classic professional hunter champions:

Huntland First Year Green: champion-Captivate, owned by Fashion Farm and ridden by Scott Stewart; reserve – Evermore, owned by David Gochman and ridden by Scott Stewart.

Second Year Green: champion-Catch Me, owned by David Gochman and ridden by Scott Stewart; reserve – Countdown, owned by Sachi Kawabata-Porto and ridden by Nick Haness.

Green Conformation: champion-Fun, owned by David Gochman and ridden by Scott Stewart; reserve – In Joy, owned by Over the Top Stables, LLC and ridden by Lisa Rex.

Regular Conformation: champion-Lucador, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and ridden by Scott Stewart; reserve-First Light, owned by Stephanie Danhakl and ridden by Scott Stewart.

High Performance Hunter: champion-Levland, owned by The Levland Group; reserve-Cameo, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker and ridden by Scott Stewart.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show runs through Sunday, September 4 at its pristine Bridgehampton, NY, venue. For this year’s 41st annual edition, a fourth FEI class has been added to the schedule in addition to more than 200 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. A wide range of hunter, jumper and equitation classes are offered at all levels, from leadline all the way up to grand prix. Classes are also featured for riders with disabilities.

In addition to the six show rings, the Hampton Classic features a Boutique Garden with more than 80 vendors for an amazing shopping experience, a wide selection of dining options and a Farmer’s Market, all on its immaculate 60-acre show grounds.

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, a complimentary live webcast of all Grand Prix ring classes will air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of LONGINES. 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 will also be available on ShowNet.biz.

For a link to this coverage and for more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.