Olympic veteran Bluman had the advantage of qualifying both Ladriano Z and Bacara d’Archonfosse for the jump-off, over the shortened and adjusted track by renowned course designer Alan Wade of Tipperary, Ireland. From that point, strategy and more than a little luck had to take over.
When asked how he felt about earning money for his designated charity, Bluman responded, “It’s always nice of course when your performance helps a charity. But the fact is, a charity would have been given a donation no matter what. The truth is, the Hampton Classic is the one who should be commended for instituting a program like this in support of local charities.”
Richie Moloney of Ireland maintained his lead in the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge with a total of 232 points. Bluman has taken over second position with 150 points, and McLain Ward has added to his third-place position with 149 total points. The Challenge continues throughout the week, and will be awarded Sunday.
Saturday, September 2 is Kids Day at the Classic and will feature activities for the entire family from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Children under 12 are admitted free and receive a free pony ride and an insulated snack pack from Boar’s Head Brand. The Grand Prix ring will host the $10,000 Great Southwest Equestrian Center Equitation Championship beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the $15,000 Carolex Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic followed by the big event of the day, the $50,000 Longines Cup at 2:00 p.m.
Running through September 3, the Classic features over 200 classes in six beautifully manicured show rings; a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors for shopping, and a wide selection of dining options on the world-class 60-acre showground.
The Hampton Classic is one of the most spectacular equestrian events in the nation and showcases the highest levels of hunter-jumper competition. The world-class event hosts hundreds of top riders and horses from all over the nation and world.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet.