Stamford, CT, August 30, 2001 - The 2001 Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious equine events, will be broadcast live on Outdoor Life Network (OLN), Sunday, September 2nd at 2:00 PM ET. OLN’s coverage will put the spotlight on the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix presented by David Yurman.
With more than 1,500 horses and more than $400,000 in prize money, the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton, Long Island, is the country’s premiere hunter/jumper horse show. The week-long equine celebration culminates in the Prudential Financial Grand Prix on September 2. OLN will also present taped coverage of the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix on Tuesday, September 4th at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
Peter Englehart, Senior V.P. of Programming and Production for OLN said: “Our horse show fans are among OLN’s most supportive. Airing live coverage of one of the great equine events is our way of saying thank you. ”
Executive Director of the Hampton Classic, Tony Hitchcock added: “Outdoor Life Network has been a terrific partner for a number of years now. We are overjoyed that they are allowing the rest of the country, those who cannot attend, the chance to soak up the atmosphere that is the Hampton Classic.”
Not only does the event draw the most impressive horses from around the world, it also boasts the attendance of an extraordinary list of celebrities and corporate power players. Some of the personalities who have competed or attended in the past are Candice Bergen, Steven Spielberg, Peter Jennings (whose daughter rides), Ralph Lauren, Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward (their daughter, Clea competes).
Outdoor Life Network’s dedication to horse show coverage is unmatched, airing over 40 different competitions each year. In addition to the Hampton Classic, the network airs other prestigious events, such as the Hardenberg Trophy, the Aachen Nation’s Cup, the U.S. Grand Prix League Finals and the Royal International Horse Show Queen Cup.
The leader in adventure TV, Outdoor Life Network (www.OLNTV.com) offers original and exclusive programming targeted to outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. The 24-hour cable network, now available in 38 million homes, is the leading source for television coverage of outdoor adventure sports and wildlife and environmental issues.