Riders With Disabilities Finish Season at the Classic

Craig Macnaughton

While the hunter-jumpers took a break from competition on Monday at the weeklong Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, there was some competitive riding under saddle.

The championship of the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities took place on Monday, with riders in three divisions competing for year-end titles. It is the ninth year that the show has hosted the series. The classes are open to all riders with a documented disability.

Before the day's competition began, the riders and their families had breakfast in a ringside chalet, where Mario Deslauriers, an Olympian, presented riders with the high-point ribbons from the series.

Gary Duffy, a United States Equestrian Federation-licensed judge chose the winners. Steven Snyder of Brightwaters, who rode Blu, won the Advanced Equitation Spotter/Independent championship. Alex Donlon of Hicksville, riding Max Marks the Spot, won the Beginner Equitation Spotter/Independent championship. Tyler Havlicek rode Showdown to the reserve championship.Bonnie Bokser of Farmingdale won the reserve championship on Shining Armor.

In the Equitation With Aids division, Alexandria Economou of Muttontown, N.Y., riding Keep the Melody, won. Emory Shapses of Plainview, on Robin Hood, was the reserve champion.

"We're proud to highlight these championships as part of the Hampton Classic schedule," said Shanette Cohen, the Hampton Classic's executive director. "The championships are the culmination of the L.I.H.S.S.R.D.'s eight-show series, and what better place to host the grand finale than here at the Classic?"

Bridgehampton National Bank sponsored the day, and Kevin O'Connor, the bank's C.E.O. and president, did the honors by handing out ribbons and trophies. Hermes commemorative coolers were given to the champions.

Craig Macnaughton
Craig Macnaughton
Craig Macnaughton
Craig Macnaughton
Craig Macnaughton
Craig Macnaughton
Craig Macnaughton
Craig Macnaughton
Craig Macnaughton