The 43rd Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show opened in Bridgehampton under blue skies on Sunday.
August 26, 2018: The 43rd Hampton Classic Horse Show opened Sunday morning to a pristine blue sky, welcoming horses and riders to this spectacular annual equestrian and social event. For the next seven days the Hampton Classic will host the highest levels of competition for hunter-jumper horses and riders of all ages and abilities. From the youngest leadline riders (ages 2+!) all the way to Olympic and World Champions, the prestigious Hampton Classic Horse Show attracts the best of the best.
Sunday’s Harmony Home Concierge Opening Day competition began bright and early in the Grand Prix ring with the smallest of the week’s competitors, leadline riders ages two to four, followed by the groups for ages five to seven.
Hotly contested with nearly a hundred entries, these perfectly-presented young riders and their mounts had the honor of being first to set foot on the immaculate grass of the Grand Prix Ring. They were each judged carefully by Olympic Gold medal winner and Show Jumping Hall of Famer, Joe Fargis of Middleburg, VA. The scores were so close that a ride-off took place to establish final placings in the two age groups.
Sponsored by Kristen Baran and Mitch Kates and presented by Brennan’s Bit and Bridle, the final results of the Leadline 2-4 years were:
1. Vivienne Van Lith, Brooklyn, NY with Thumbalina
2. Ian Luca Roman, Wellington, FL with Buttons & Bows
3. Mariela D’Agostino, New York, NY with Ledinjadon Exclusively Dun
4. Zachary Zukerman, Huntington, NY with Flower Power
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of LONGINES. In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at www.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic’s other classes are also available on ShowNet.biz.
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.
Photography: Barry Gordin