Bridgehampton, NY-The Hampton Classic Horse Show returns for its 35th year, August 29 - September 5, bringing exciting equestrian competition back to Bridgehampton, NY. Also considered one of the social highlights of the Hamptons' summer season, celebrity riders and spectators turn out in large numbers to see and be seen at this not-to-be-missed event.
Located on its beautiful 60-acre show grounds, the Hampton Classic features world-class show jumping competition highlighted by the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 5, which is open to horses that successfully complete Friday's $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier. This exciting class features Olympians, World Champions and USEF veterans such as two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist McLain Ward, who won the Grand Prix last year for a record fourth time.
"The 35th anniversary of the Hampton Classic will once again offer the nation's top riders and equine athletes, as well as youth and amateur competitors, a chance to show off their immense skill and talent, as they ride for prestigious titles and more than a half million dollars in prize money," said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. "In addition to the exciting equestrian competition, there is the Exhibition Tent with family attractions and of course our Boutique Garden with over 70 vendors for some unrivaled shopping!"
A variety of seminars and activities hosted by the ASPCA will take place throughout the horse show including Adoption Day at the Classic on Monday, August 30, when three local animal shelters and four local rescue groups will feature animals available for adoption. Warriors Way, a former racehorse who is now a successful show horse, will also be making a special appearance on Adoption Day. Celebrity VIP hosts for the event will include international Grand Prix rider Georgina Bloomberg, the ASPCA's Equine Welfare Ambassador, and Jill Rappaport, the "Today" show's Animal Welfare Correspondent and best-selling author. Other knowledgeable professionals will be conducting seminars and answering questions throughout the ASPCA's activities at the Classic.
Cablevision's Kids' Day, on Saturday, September 4, features pony rides and children's activities throughout the day. Kids under 12 are admitted free and receive a complimentary pony ride. There will be drawings for prizes.
The Exhibition Tent will allow visitors to enjoy pony rides, exhibitions and the special "Kids-Teaching-Kids" pony care program. The Boutique Garden will feature everything from Hampton Classic souvenirs to fine custom clothing, as well as auto display tents including Jaguar and Land Rover.
For those of you who can't make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, will broadcast up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv.
Opening Day, Sunday, August 29:
· Opening Day Ceremonies will take place in the Grand Prix Ring
· $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge
Monday, August 30:
· Finals of the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities
· ASPCA Adoption Day at the Hampton Classic
· ASPCA Animal Behavior Clinic
· Shop in the Boutique Garden or visit the Exhibition Tent
Tuesday, August 31:
· $30,000 7 & 8 Year old Young Jumper Championship
· Newsday Open Jumper Class in the Grand Prix Ring
· Brown Harris Stevens Open Jumper Class in the Grand Prix Ring
Wednesday, September 1:
· SHF Enterprises 5-year-old & Split Rock Farm 6-year-old Young Jumper Championships
· Wölffer Estate Open Jumper Class in the Grand Prix Ring
· 1.50 meter Open Jumper Class
Thursday, September 2:
· East Coast Young Jumper Championship
· $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Classic
· $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship - Round 1
· Prudential Douglas Elliman Open Jumper Class
Friday, September 3:
· $10,000 Sotheby's International Realty Welcome Stake
· $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier
· Exhibitor Party with a "horseless horse show" to benefit JustWorld International
Cablevision's Kids Day, Saturday, September 4:
· Children's Activities & Performers (10am - 2pm)
· $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship - Finals
· $20,000 SHF Enterprises 5-year-old Young Jumper Championship - Finals
· $30,000 Split Rock Farm 6-year-old Young Jumper Championship - Finals
· $30,000 FENDI Cup
· Pony Hunters
Grand Prix "Super Sunday," Sunday, September 5
· $30,000 7- & 8-year-old Young Jumper Championship - Finals
· $25,000 Carolex Show Jumping Derby
· $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic
· $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier
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.