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Alan Wade, Andrew Welles, Richie Moloney and Charlie Jacobs toast Champagne at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday - Photos by Lenny Stucker
Andrew Welles, Richie Moloney and Charlie Jacobs pose for a photo-op at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker
Chuck and Ellen Ward Scarborough pose for a photo-op at the 2016Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker
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Actress Cassandra Seidenfeld and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane and Jennifer Gerstel Ringelstein
pose for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday
Kathlean De Monchy and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday
Sue Ann Greenfield and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday
Cassandra Seidenfeld, Colleen Rein and Kathlean DeMonchy pose with supporters at at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker
Ring Master Alan Keeley blows the Official horn at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker
2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker
Doug, Patricia, Cognac and Eric Andrews pose for a photo-op
at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday- Photos by Lenny Stucker
TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op
at the 2016 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday
Supporters, celebrities and members of the press attended the 41st Hampton Classic.
Bridgehampton, NY - September 4, 2016 - In one of the most exciting jump-off rounds in the 41-year history of the Hampton Classic, Richie Moloney (IRL) blazed around the course on Carrabis Z, owned by Equinimity, LLC, to claim the top prize in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, presented by Longines.
"It's special, it's a great show and always a great crowd here," said Moloney. "We try to have our horses in top form for this week. It means a lot to win the Grand Prix here. My horse has been amazing, this is his fourth grand prix win. It's very good to have him and I'm lucky to have my owners at Equinimity, and a great staff. I'm just thankful, without all of those people this wouldn't be possible."
The victory gave Moloney the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge as the horse show's leading open jumper rider for third time in four years. He received 100 points for a final total of 337.5, which put him 98 points ahead of Catherine Tyree who finished second with 239.5. McLain Ward finished in third with 226 points.
Five horses out of the 29 starting entries representing six nations made it to the jump-off by turning in clean rounds over the Alan Wade-designed course. In the jump-off, all five went clear, leaving it up to the Longines timers to determine the winner. The first to go in the jump-off was the defending champion, Karen Polle (JPN) on With Wings. They set the mark to beat with a clean round in 41.54 seconds. Four-time Olympic medalist Beezie Madden (USA) was next on Quister de Guldenboom, owned by Abigail Wexner, and they finished two-tenths of a second faster to take the lead with 41.33. Charlie Jacobs (USA) and Cassinja S then shaved off another two-tenths of a second to move into first place with 41.12.
"I am blessed with a great support team whose hard work plays a key role in any success my horses and I achieve," said Jacobs of his Reserve Championship. "They deserve to be sitting up here every bit as much as I do."
Andrew Welles (USA) tried his best to beat the lightning fast round of Moloney's on Brindis Bogibo, owned by AEM Enterprises, LLC. He stopped the timers in 41.15, only three one-hundredths of a second slower than Jacobs, good for third place.
"It's unbelievable," said Welles. "I am so fortunate to be able to ride this horse. He rode seven rounds this week, counting jump-offs, and turned in seven clean rounds. This was a beautiful way to end an amazing week. To be third in this Grand Prix is just incredible."
Richie Moloney receives his Longines Timepiece from (L to R): Shanette Cohen, Hampton Classic Executive Director; Amy Figueroa, Longines US Brand Manager; Charles Villoz, Longines International Vice President of Sales.
Charlie Jacobs has spent nearly his entire life around horses. From short stirrup to Grand Prix, he has experienced success in every major aspect of the sport and is a member of one of riding’s most active equestrian families. Jacobs views horse shows as a great way for his family to stay connected and enjoys the support and enthusiasm he and his family provide for each other.
Jacobs had a very successful career as a junior rider. In 1988 he won the qualifying competition for the United States Equestrian Team Show Jumping Talent Derby. He returned the following year to place three horses among the top five in the 1989 Rolex USET Show Jumping Talent Derby Final, demonstrating his outstanding potential at the Grand Prix level.
As a junior, Jacobs rode “Ebony Buzz” to many wins in the junior jumper division. Together, they won the High Junior Classic at the prestigious Devon Horse Show three consecutive years and retired the division trophy.
Jacobs moved up to the Grand Prix level in the early 1990s and he rode “Piquet” and “Maybe” on winning Nations’ Cup teams in Rotterdam and Luxembourg. He was second to his trainer Joe Fargis in the US Open Jumper Championships at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington in 1990.
After taking time off to enter the business world and raise a family with his wife Kim, Jacobs returned to showing. In 2004, he won Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series classes at the CSIO US Cosequin Finale and the PDP Capital Wellington Masters at the Winter Equestrian Festival aboard Innocence.
In 2005, at the 122nd National Horse Show, Jacobs placed second in the Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake aboard “Pia” and thirteenth aboard “Innocence”. He returned to the National Horse Show the following year and won the Amateur-Owner Jumper Speed Stake with “Pia”. He finished the season tied with Cara Cheska as the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series Reserve Champion.
In recent years, Jacobs has often battled his brother Lou for the championship in the Amateur-Owner division. He also returned to the Grand Prix division and had a fifth place finish in the $60,000 Hermes Grand Prix at the 2006 I Love New York Horse Show.
In 2009, Jacobs rode “Secret Love” to win the I Love New York Horse Show’s $75,000 Hermes Grand Prix. Jacobs and “Secret Love” produced the only fault free round of the event, a feat that had occurred only one other time in the 32 years that the I Love New York Horse Show has taken place.
Jacobs has continued to remain a top competitor in 2010. He rode “Quidditch II” to win the top prize in the $50,000 CN Palm Beach Jumping Derby at the Winter Equestrian Festival. The pair also won the Amateur-Owner High Power & Speed class in the twelfth and final week of the Winter Equestrian Festival.
In 2011, Jacobs rode “Leap of Joy” to the Amateur-Owner Championship for the Eastern Conference of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. He also won a Grand Prix at the Fieldstone Summer Classic and capped his standout season with three wins at the CSIO-W Buenos Aires in Argentina including winning The World Cup Grand Prix on “Leap of Joy”.
Jacobs continues to perform well on the Grand Prix circuit. In 2012 he won the Fieldstone Grand Prix aboard “Flaming Star”. He started 2013 with two big wins in Wellington, winning the $33,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup and the Mar-A-Largo Club Grand Prix. The pair earned many placings at international shows, and ended their year with a victory in the $50,000 Holiday and Horses FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI-W 2* Grand Prix in Wellington.
Jacobs began the 2014 season with a win in Round 2 of the $34,000 Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup Series at WEF, and then made his World Cup debut with “Flaming Star” at the 2014 FEI World Cup™ Final in Lyon, France, where he finished 20th against the best show jumpers in the world. In August, he rode “Cassinja S” to the win in the $50,000 Fieldstone Grand Prix.
In 2015 Jacobs earned many top-ten placings at international grand prix level during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, while campaigning his top horses, “Leap of Joy,” “Flaming Star” and “Cassinja S.”
Charlie Jacobs had a great trip on Cassinja S in 41.12 seconds to be the runner-up, while Andrew Welles was just an instant behind him to finish third in his Hampton grand prix debut on Brindis Bogibo (41.15).
Jacobs is actively involved with a number of community-based and philanthropic organizations, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Boston Children's Hospital, and the Boston Bruins Foundation, the latter of which he serves as President. Jacobs is the Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston Holdings, including the Boston Bruins. In 2009, Sports Business Journal (a publication of Advance Publications) named Jacobs to their "Forty Under 40" list, a list that seeks to represent "the best and the brightest" in the sports industry.
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