Scarlett Lee Aylsworth of New York City rode her horse Alamo to the Children’s Hunter Grand Championship at the 39th Annual Hampton Classic on Tuesday, August 26. En route to the Grand Championship among the seven divisions, Aylsworth, 14, and Alamo clinched the tricolor in the Children’s Hunter Horse, 14 & Under, Section B.
A sophomore at Birch Wathen Lenox School in New York City, Aylsworth has been riding Alamo since February. She leases him from owner and college student Mariah Friedland, who rode and showed Alamo over the summer. The Hampton Classic is Aylsworth’s first show with the chestnut gelding in a couple of months.
“He went like I expected, really,” Aylsworth said. “He was just really perfect. He’s just a really good boy all the way around.”
Aylsworth trains with Frank Madden and Heather Hayes.
“I’m just really happy-I love this horse show, because, ever since I was little, it’s been the biggest show of the year for me,” she said.
The other children’s hunter champions were:
Children’s Hunter Small/Medium Pony, Sec. A: First Blue/Eva Romanoff
Children’s Hunter Small/Medium Pony Sec. B: Gossip Girl/Bella Clemente
Children’s Hunter Large Pony, Sec. A: Sunlight/Louisa Soohoo
Children’s Hunter Large Pony Sec., B: Redwood Forest/Sophia Soja
Children’s Hunter Horse, 14 & Under, Sec. A: Central Park/Mimi Gochman
Children’s Hunter Horse 15-17, Sec. A: Lifeline/Jane C. Brooks
The 39th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs Aug. 24–31, in Bridgehampton. Often considered the East End’s premier end-of-summer event, the Classic features world-class equestrian competition, with more than 100 classes, including jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.