Hughes Wins SHALANNO Style of Riding Award

Michael Hughes Wins SHALANNO Style of Riding Award at the 34th Annual Hampton Classic

From: Hunter Jumper News
Date: September 4, 2009

Bridgehampton, NY- September 4, 2009 – Michael Hughes of Goshen, NY won the SHALANNO Style of Riding Award at the 34th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.

The SHALANNO Style of Riding Award is presented to the Junior Jumper rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation as modeled by Olympic medalists Joe Fargis, Conrad Homfeld and George Morris.  The award recipient must have the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman.

Hughes, 13, was selected by the jumper judges at the Hampton Classic as well as by horse show personnel (jumper ring in-gate, steward, and announcer) who were in a position to observe the necessary sportsmanship qualities of the horse show’s Junior Jumper riders and who have the knowledge of equitation riding necessary to make this judgment.

Hughes began riding at age three and was jumping by the time he was four years old at his family’s Drumnacross Farm.  He briefly competed in the short stirrup division before moving up to pony jumpers and then into the Junior Jumper division with his current mount Twister.  He impressed everyone when he competed in the Zone 1 ASPCA Maclay Regionals in 2007 at his show age of 10, placing 10th.  He then qualified for the ASPCA Maclay Finals, and finished in the top 30 among 153 starting competitors.

Michael posted some strong results at the Hampton Classic, walking out of the ring with a 4th place in the Junior Jumpers with La Bell, an 11th place ribbon in the Junior Jumpers and in the Open Jumpers with Shockwave, and a 6th place finish in the $15,000 WGHR Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic with Twister.

“The Hampton Classic is proud to reward riders who exemplify good sportsmanship and will continue to do so each year,” said Hampton Classic Executive Director Shanette Barth Cohen.  “Michael Hughes is an exceptional young man and has earned the respect of riders and officials alike.”

Full results and further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show are available at the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.

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