The annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the nation's premier show jumping competitions, returns to Bridgehampton, NY, for its 40th year, August 23-30. The Classic hosts exciting hunter/jumper competition from junior levels up to the pinnacle of the sport, grand prix show jumping, featuring the $250,000 Grand Prix on Sunday, August 30.
Sunday, August 23 - Leadline classes, Opening Day Ceremonies and the $50,000 iHeartMedia Hunter Derby, presented by Ghurka highlight The Atlantic Opening Day at the Hampton Classic. Local classes take place in other rings throughout the day. Competition begins at 8:00 am. Special activities will be the main attraction from 2:00-4:00 pm, at Family Fun Day Sunday, in the kids' area.
Monday, August 24 - The Finals of the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities, Presented by Bridgehampton National Bank, will be the highlight of competition beginning at 10:00 am. Spectators are also invited to shop in the Boutique Garden or visit the Exhibition Tent. The Hampton Classic will host ASPCA Adoption & Animal Welfare Day, another highlight of the day. Adoptable cats, dogs, and rabbits will be in the Kids' area from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm and adoptable horses will be showcased in the Anne Aspinall Ring from 12:00-2:00 pm. There is no admission charge on Monday.
Tuesday, August 25 - Tuesday's events include the Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Classic, $20,000 Hampton Classic Jumper Challenge and the $10,000 Open Jumper class. Also featured are Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumpers, and Green Working and High Performance Hunters, as well as the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.
Wednesday, August 26 - Competition continues in Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper Sections as well as the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper class. Adult Amateur Hunter classes are also featured, as are the Green and High Performance Hunters. The top up-and-coming young horses will compete in the first round of the SHF Enterprises 5 Year Old Young Jumper Championships and the 6 Year Old Young Jumper Championships Presented by Split Rock Farm. The short-stirrup competition will take place in the Annex Ring. Wednesday evening's Exhibitor Party runs from 5:00-8:00 pm and will include a "horseless horse show" to benefit JustWorld International.
Thursday, August 27 - The week's jumper competition continues with the East Coast Young Jumper Championships as well as classes for Adult Amateurs, Children's, and Amateur-Owners. The Grand Prix Ring hosts the EnTrust Amateur-Owner Jumper class followed by a $10,000 Open Jumper class. In addition, there will be $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Classic, Adult Amateur Hunters, and Junior Hunters. The $5,000 Strong's Marine Amateur-Owner Jumper (low) Classic is also scheduled.
Friday, August 28 - Friday features a day of qualifying events in the Grand Prix Ring in which top show jumpers vie for slots in Sunday's exciting Grand Prix Ring competition. Starting at 8:00 a.m. is the $10,000 Junior/Amateur Welcome Stake, followed by the $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby presented by Sotheby's International Realty. The $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by LONGINES, scheduled for a 1:00 pm start, will set the participant list for Sunday's $250,000 Grand Prix. The schedule also includes Amateur-Owner Hunter classes.
Saturday, August 29 - Optimum® Kids Day will feature plenty of activities for the entire family from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Children under 12 are admitted free and receive a free pony ride. Grand Prix ring competitions include the $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship and the $40,000 LONGINES Cup. In addition to the Pony Hunter Classic, the day features the Adult Amateur and Children's Jumper Classics and the $15,000 Carolex Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.
Sunday, August 30 - The $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic is among the featured competitions on Grand Prix Sunday. Festivities in the Grand Prix Ring begin with the $30,000 7 & 8-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Finals, followed by the $25,000 Campbell Stables Show Jumping Derby, and the grand finale - the $250,000 Grand Prix. The winner of the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge will also be presented.
Reserved seat tickets are available at the show grounds or in advance on the show's website at www.hamptonclassic.com or by calling 866-811-4111