Hampton Classic Horse Show to Kick off with The Atlantic Opening Day
Sunday, August 24
The 39th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returned to Bridgehampton, NY, starting with The Atlantic Opening Day on Sunday. The Classic, which runs August 24-31, features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.
The highlight of the Classic’s The Atlantic Opening Day was the $50,000 Clear Channel Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, which Patricia Griffith won riding Black Label in the Classic’s famed Grand Prix Field.
The Derby followed the adorable SeaAire leadline classes, judged by Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis, which featured riders as young as 2 years old. In addition, traditional Local Hunter Divisions will include the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists Professional Division, the Revco Local Junior Hunter division, and the Local Amateur-Owner division, all open to horses that make their home on Long Island.
"The Atlantic Opening Day activities set the Classic off on a great foot," said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. "Our local Long Island exhibitors get their chance to take center stage and spectators are able to see top level hunters in action!"
Kids were not left out of the Opening Day fun with many activities taking place in the Kids Tent! Cookie decorating with gourmet market, Citarella, live animals from Long Island Livestock Co., and activities with Church Street School for Music & Art will all be taking place throughout the day.
Singing the national anthem to open the Classic were stars from the Bay Street Theatre’s "My Life is a Musical," Elizabeth Monteleone and Justin Mathew Sargent .
Those wanting to get a taste of VIP accommodations without the commitment of booking for the entire week were in luck as Opening Day tables were available a la carte. While the ringside tables are already sold out, some Hunter tables are still available, and reservations to book tickets for Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs’ delicious Hunt Breakfast are still possible.
The Hampton Classic features more than 100 classes of competition including jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities. The Classic features 6 show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, on its 60-acre show grounds.
The world-class field of Grand Prix riders competes daily in the Classic’s open jumper division, which features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days, Friday through Sunday, August 29-31 – the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by LONGINES on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday presented by the Crown Family, and Sunday’s $250,000 Grand Prix and FEI World Cup TM Qualifier, presented by Land Rover, a qualifying competition for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April. In addition, the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division wins the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge.
The Hampton Classic also features ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day on Monday, August 25. This event helps with finding permanent homes for rescued, horses, dogs, cats, and pigs.
Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
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Photography: Barry Gordin