The Hampton Classic Horse Show will return to Bridgehampton this summer, running from August 25 through September 1, for its 38th year of world-class equestrian competition, shopping and entertainment. Masses of spectators, socialites and celebrities return year after year to the eastern end of Long Island to see and be seen at New York’s iconic end-of-summer event.
The Hampton Classic features six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, all on its 60-acre show grounds. The Classic’s world-class equestrian competition attracts many of the nation’s top professional and amateur riders, and its Hamptons charm and schedule of family attractions make it the perfect destination for anybody looking to add some style to their summer.
“Each year everyone attending the Hampton Classic finds something exciting to do,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the horse show’s Executive Director. “The thrilling competition, our great shopping, and all of the fun family activities ensure that everyone who comes to the Hampton Classic has a wonderful time!”
The Hampton Classic features more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of hunter, jumper, equitation, short-stirrup and leadline classes are part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.
The highlight of the Hampton Classic Horse Show is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 1. The Grand Prix, open to horses that successfully complete Friday’s $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, World Champions and other show jumping veterans.
The $50,000 Hampton Classic Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, is held in the Classic’s famed Grand Prix Field on Opening Day, August 25. The Hunter Derby follows the adorable leadline classes, judged by Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis.
Besides exhilarating competition, the Classic offers many other exciting activities for the whole family. A perennial favorite is Optimum® Kids Day which features children’s activities throughout the day. Kids under the age of 12 receive a complimentary pony ride. There are also drawings for great prizes, circus performers, face painting, a magician, and performances by Grammy nominated children’s band, The Pop Ups.
The popular ASPCA Adoption Day takes place on Monday, August 26, and showcases rescued horses, dogs, cats, and potbellied pigs that are available for adoption. In addition to its Adoption Day programs, ASPCA conducts seminars and other fun activities at the ASPCA Patio throughout the Classic.
The Hampton Classic is famed for its celebrity sightings throughout the week. Attendees often include the likes of those who were there last year including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, actresses Julianne Moore and Aida Turturro, television personalities Kelly Ripa, Jerry Seinfeld, Lorne Michaels, Rosanna Scotto, Jill Rappaport, and James Lipton, television housewives Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Jill Zarin, David Yurman and Waynescot Lukas from the fashion world and Gene Cornish of the sixties rock group, The Rascals.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. And, ShowNet Vision will webcast all Grand Prix ring competition at no charge, and competition in other rings on a pay-per-view basis. For a link to this coverage and for more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.