Bridgehampton, NY- The Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 26-September 2. On Sunday, August 26 the Classic will kick off with Manhattan Mortgage Company's Opening Day presented by Distinction Magazine and Long Island Parents and Children Magazine.
Opening Day ceremonies will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the grand prix ring immediately following the leadline classes held for riders under age eight. Opening Day competition is limited to horses and riders from Long Island. Following the leadline classes, the Classic's traditional Opening Ceremonies will begin with "World of the HorseTM". An equestrian extravaganza, "World of the HorseTM" will include horse demonstrations and a Parade of Breeds ranging from Kiger mustangs to miniature horses. Spectators will also see llamas, companion dogs, a farm animal fashion show/parade and more! An elegant Ladies Sidesaddle Demonstration will take place as part of Opening Day ceremonies. Spectators will enjoy a formal style of riding that began in the Victorian Era and still remains today! Hollywood stunt rider Ramon Becerra will be on hand to do riding and roping exhibitions and to work in small groups with children.
Dogs will also be part of the festivities with the East End Dog Club's dog agility demonstration. Additionally, the Horses and Hounds of the Smithtown Hunt Club will host a traditional foxhunting demonstration. After first becoming popular in the 1600-1700s in England, the sport of foxhunting has remained a sport that hasn't changed for hundreds of years.
"This year's Hampton Classic will offer spectacular competition, exciting activities for the entire family and much more," said Tony Hitchcock, executive director of the Hampton Classic. "In addition to the exciting activities during Opening Day, we also have some new events taking place on the grounds this year, like the first annual Celebrity Cruises Fiesta Day presented by Avis which will have Hispanic music and dance exhibitions. We are looking forward to a fabulous show this year."
The Classic continues on Tuesday with hunter, jumper and equitation competitions daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will last through Sunday, September 2.
Other major highlights at this year's Hampton Classic include:
•Thursday, Aug. 30 - Seniors Day presented by 50 Plus Senior News
•Friday, Aug 31 - Celebrity Cruises' Fiesta Day presented by Avis, $25,000 Adequan Fiesta Day Grand Prix Qualifier
•Saturday, Sept 1 - Cablevision's Kids Day, $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix, Pony Jumpers
•Sunday, Sept 2 - $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix presented by David Yurman, $50,000 AmeriChoice Eastern Finals of the Young Jumper Championships, 25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby, $100,000 New Things Grand Prix Bonus Challenge.
Each year the Hampton Classic Horse Show attracts more than 50,000 spectators and celebrities to watch the country's best horses and riders compete at the 60-acre venue. With the crème de la crème of show jumping riders attending the Hampton Classic, it is no wonder the excitement of the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix presented by David Yurman is the climax of the weeklong gathering of the country's best show jumpers.
Admission to the Hampton Classic is $5 per person, $15 per carload, and children under six are admitted free daily. On Friday and Saturday (August 31-September 1), children under 12 are admitted free, and seniors are admitted free Thursday, August 30. Reserved grandstand seats for Grand Prix Sunday, September 2 are an additional $15 per person. Admission is free on Monday, August 27 (no competition will be held this day, but boutiques and exhibition tents are open). Parking is free during the event.
The Hampton Classic Horse Show benefits the Southampton Hospital, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the United States Equestrian Team. Offering up the best in show jumping, there is no other competition that brings together the hunter-jumper circuit with thousands of spectators, extravagant social events, celebrities, shopping and fine dining in the Hamptons.