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Hampton Classic

Opening Day at the 48th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.

August 27, 2023:  The weather was magnificent for the opening day of the 48th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the world’s most prestigious horse shows, which features competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities and features more than 200 classes in six show rings. Right near the show rings you can find the Agneta Currey Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors with an excellent selection of specialty items and a wide choice of dining options, all on its world-class 60-acre showgrounds.

Opening Day at the 48th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.

August 27, 2023:  The weather was magnificent for the opening day of the 48th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the world’s most prestigious horse shows, which features competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities and features more than 200 classes in six show rings. Right near the show rings you can find the Agneta Currey Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors with an excellent selection of specialty items and a wide choice of dining options, all on its world-class 60-acre showgrounds.

Marty Bauman (Chief Press Officer at Hampton Classic Horse Show and President Classic Communications).

The film and television actor, Jane Seymore was in the Boutique Garden on opening day, helping her friend, Christy Cashman, promote her debut novel, The Truth About Horses. Christy grew up in rural Ohio, the ninth child of ten, with four ponies in her back yard. Horses have always been a part of her life. They were the inspiration for her novel, The Truth About Horses, and opened her to the magic of life. Equestrians will no doubt relate to this simple truth.  

Jane Seymour is also an avid photographer and artist. Her paintings have been turned into stunning body scarves made of sheer modal. She can be seen wearing one in the pictures. They are available for sale to the public. 

Jane Seymour and Christy Cashman (The Truth About Horses).

The Hampton Classic is famous not only for its world-class equestrian competition, but also for its celebrity sightings throughout the week. Among those who have attended in recent years are many A-listers including Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Mariska Hargitay, Bobby Flay, Brooke Shields, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Sofia Vergara, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Bloomberg. 

Opening day features Leadline classes with children aged 2-7 dressed like Grand Prix riders and mounted on horses or ponies.The leadline classes, judged by three-time Olympic medalist Joe Fargis, are followed byOpening Day Ceremonies, the$30,000 Jumper Challenge, and $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby.Local hunter classes, including the Miller & Associates Local Junior hunter division, take place as well as Children’s (including the Jos M. Troffa Materials Medium Children’s Equitation and ServPro Low Children’s Equitation) and Adult Equitation classes. 

The Hampton Classic runs Sunday, August 27 through Sunday, September 3 at240 Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton. PC

Photography: Barry Gordin

Jane Seymour, Christy Cashman and Patrick Christiano (Publisher of Theaterlife.com).
Patrick Christiano and Mikelle Terson (Fine Jewelry).
Jane Seymour and Mikelle Terson (Fine Jewelry)
Luke Henderson, Tammy Farley, Susan Harrison, Milena Perez, Amelie Lonergan, Ursula Marshak, Heather Merko and Banks Merko.
Victoria Schneps (Dans Papers)
Jane Seymour
The Truth About Horses