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  • The Hampton Classic: The Highlight of the Social Season on the East End

    August 12, 2015
    The Hampton Classic

    The Hampton Classic

    Saddle up, couch potatoes!  The 40th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton (New York), in a mere two weeks, slated for August 23rd through the 30th.  The Classic showcases the highest levels of equestrian show-jumping competition and features six show rings, a boutique (with more than 70 vendors including  Ghurka, Gretchen Scott Designs, Hermès, Jack Rogers, Jim Dratfield’s Petography, Land Rover/Jaguar, Wellington & Company Equestrian Antiques, and way more). Additionally, on the 60-acre show grounds (located off Montauk Highway, Route 27, at 240 Snake Hollow Road) is a wide selection of dining options and a farmer’s market, for those fresh-from-the-field ears of corn and tomatoes, among other tempting produce.  And for children, there are complimentary pony rides, circus performers, face-painting, and a magician.

    And if the competition itself, the shopping, and the dining aren’t enough to sate you, there is world-class people-watching, as this is the social event of the season in the Hamptons and le tout New York (well, for that matter, le tout from around the globe) are in residence for the show.  If past seasons are any barometer, expect to see the likes of:  Former Mayors Rudy Guiliani and Michael Bloomberg (his daughter Georgina is a world-class equestrian), The Today Show‘s Matt Lauer, CBS’ Gayle King, Sofia Vergara, Jerry Seinfeld, Julianne Moore, Billy Joel,  Jennifer Lopez, James Lipton (well-known for his Bravo series Inside the Actors Studio), the Oslen twins (last year Mary Kate even competed), Fox’s beloved Rosanna Scotto (and family), Christie Brinkley, Kelly Klein, producer Mary Richards, Kelly Ripa, Christina Griven Cuomo, newsman Lou Dobbs, columnist Richard Johnson, and Jon Bon Jovi among the many bold-face names in attendance during the week.  Expect to see many fabulous hats, a time-honored tradition, and of course, gorgeous summertime jewelry—coral, jade, pearls, cameos, colored beads, and a likely stand-out:  Seaman Schepps’ shell earrings.

    To get an idea of just how much corporate heft there is at the Classic, just look at the beautifully decorated dining tables,  identified by their supporters and attendees’ (many are also sponsors) names:  Hermès, Fendi, Bloomberg, Prudential Douglas Elliman, Sotheby’s, and on and on.

    “Whether you are a rider, supporter, or spectator, there is something for everyone at the Hampton Classic Horse Show,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the horse show’s executive director. “Our pristine world-class venue draws the finest horses and riders, including Olympians, from across the nation and around the world to compete for coveted titles and top prize money. It doesn’t get any better than that!”

    The Hampton Classic hosts more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. A wide range of hunter, jumper, and equestrian classes are offered from leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix level. The Classic also has classes for riders with disabilities. Opening day headlines the leadline classes, showcasing riders who are as young as 2 years old! The day caps off with the iHeartMedia Hunter Derby, with a purse of $50,000. Another highlight is the ASPCA Adoption & Animal Welfare Day, on August 24th, where rescued horses, dogs, and cats, are presented for adoption.  There are also educational seminars and lively activities. The jumping commences on Tuesday, the 25th, with many opportunities to snag top honors and financial rewards. The highlights of Friday, August 28th, include the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by Longines and the $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby presented by Sotheby’s International Realty.

    For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, a complimentary live webcast of all Grand Prix ring classes will air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet.  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 WVVH-TV (Hamptons Television). Most of the Classic’s other classes will also be available on Show Day Live. For a link to this coverage and for more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website or call 631-537-3177.


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