The Hampton Classic hosted the championship finals for the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities on Monday, with riders in three divisions competing for year-end titles.
|Todd Pritscher won the championship in the advanced independent division of the LISSRD finals at the Hampton Classic.|
In the advanced independent division, Todd Pritscher, 30, of Yaphank, N.Y., riding Robin Hood, won the championship over Joe Penzel, 19, of Huntington, N.Y., riding Diamond.
In the beginner independent division, Tiffany Kahles, 18, of East Meadow, N.Y., riding Gryffindor, won the championship over Harley Powell, of East Orange, N.J., on Dippin’ Dots.
In the beginner with aides division, Allison Ekberg, 11, of Levittown, N.Y. , riding Remo, won the championship over Alexandria Economou, 21, of Melville, N.Y., riding Patra.
The Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities is the first of its kind for riders with special needs. It was founded in 2005 by Camp HorseAbility Inc. to provide competition for disabled riders at USEF-rated hunter/jumper shows. The classes are judged by USEF-rated judges.
“We are extremely appreciative of all that the Hampton Classic has done for these riders with disabilities,” said Katie McGowan, executive director of Camp HorseAbility Inc., and one of the founders of LIHSSRD.
McGowan thanked Shanette Cohen, the Hampton Classic executive director, “ for opening up the Hampton Classic show grounds and giving these riders a chance to compete at the same horse show as Olympic medalists. It means so much to them, and we than the Hampton Classic.”
LIHSSRD hosts seven shows each year, and the top 10 riders (based on points earned during the year) are invited at the Hampton Classic, which is the championship competition.
“This is the seventh year that these riders with disabilities have competed here, and it’s become one of our favorite days each year,” said Cohen. “All of these riders prove that they are true champions, and we are privileged to host them here.”
Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website at http://www.HamptonClassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.