The annual Hampton Classic Horse Show is set to kick off on Sunday, August 24, and will run through Sunday, August 31, at the showgrounds on Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton.
Approximately 1,600 horses and ponies will compete in the show, which offers more than 100 classes and a total of $750,000 in prize money.
Opening Day belongs to the “locals” as it always does, with the majority of classes open only to horses that are stabled on Long Island, and thus features many talented adult and junior riders from the East End competing in hunter, jumper and equitation divisions. Another highlight of Opening Day is the $50,000 Clear Channel Hunter Derby, which takes place in the Grand Prix ring, starting at noon. Horses and riders in that class are judged on their ability to navigate courses made of natural elements and obstacles that would traditionally be found in the hunt field.
Before some of the country’s top hunter riders and horses take the Grand Prix ring, however, the youngest aspiring equestrians will take their turn at center stage in the leadline competition. Riders ranging in age from two to seven will show off their skills, and will be judged by Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis. In addition, traditional Local Hunter Divisions will include the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists Professional Division, the Revco Local Junior Hunter division and the Local Amateur-Owner division.
The Hampton Classic features jumper, hunter, equitation, short-stirrup and leadline classes, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities. Competition will take place in six show rings, and a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, also make their home on the 60-acre showgrounds.
The world-class field of Grand Prix riders competes daily in the Classic’s open jumper division, which features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days, Friday through Sunday, August 29-31; the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by LONGINES on Friday; the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday presented by the Crown Family; and Sunday’s $250,000 Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, presented by Land Rover, a qualifying competition for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April. In addition, the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division wins the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge.
The Hampton Classic also features ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day on Monday, August 25. This event helps with finding permanent homes for rescued horses, dogs, cats and pigs.
Other highlights throughout the week include:
• The Long Island Show Series for Riders With Disabilities Finals, starting at 10 a.m. in Jumper Ring 2.
• ASPCA Adoption Day in the Anne Aspinall Ring starting at noon.
• Open jumper classes starting in the Grand Prix ring at 10 a.m.
• USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, Amateur-Owner, and Junior Jumper classes in Jumper Ring 2.
• Model, Conformation, and High Performance Hunter Classes in the Anne Aspinall Ring starting at 8 a.m.
• Children’s Hunter classes in the annex and other hunter rings, starting at 8 a.m.
• Open jumper classes in the Grand Prix ring at 8 a.m.
• East Coast Young Jumper Championships in Jumper Ring 2.
• Conformation, Green and High Performance hunter classes in the Anne Aspinall Ring, starting at 8 a.m.
• Adult Amateur hunter classes in Hunter Ring 2, starting at 8 a.m.
• National PHA and Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal classes in Hunter Ring 3, starting at 8 a.m.
• Short Stirrup classes in the Annex ring, starting at 8 a.m.
• Open jumper classes (8 a.m.) and the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship (1:30 p.m.) in the Grand Prix ring.
• Junior, Amateur-Owner and East Coast Young Jumper Championship jumper classes in Jumper Ring 2, starting at 8 a.m.
• Junior hunter classes in the Anne Aspinall ring, starting at 8 a.m.
• Adult amateur hunter classes in Hunter Ring 2.
• Children’s and Adult Amateur jumper classes in Hunter Ring 3.
• Open jumper classes, including the Douglas Elliman Grand Prix qualifier, in the Grand Prix ring, starting at 8 a.m.
• Adult Amateur, Children’s and Young Jumper Championships jumper classes in Jumper Ring 2.
• Amateur-Owner and Junior hunter classes in the Anne Aspinall Ring.
• Pony hunter and equitation classes in Hunter Ring 2.
• ASPCA/Maclay equitation classes in Hunter Ring 3.
• Young Jumper Championships finals and the $40,000 Longines Cup in the Grand Prix ring.
• Adult Amateur and Children’s Jumper classes in Jumper Ring 2.
• Amateur-Owner hunter classes in the Anne Aspinall ring.
• Pony hunter classes in Hunter Rings 2 and 3.
• The $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier in the Grand Prix ring at 2 p.m.
• The $10,000 Hermes Hunter Classic in the Anne Aspinall Ring at 10 a.m.