The project is being managed by Allen Rheinheimer, the show’s Equestrian Manager in concert with the Hampton Classic’s turf consultant, Steven McDonald. Founder of Turfgrass Disease Solutions, LLC, McDonald consults for more than 150 athletic fields, golf courses, and unique turfgrass systems each year. He received a B.S in Turfgrass Management from Delaware Valley College and a M.S. in Agronomy from University of Maryland, and is currently an instructor at Rutgers where he teaches Turf Management and Turfgrass Weed Science.
Work on the approximately 2-acre area is already underway, although the project has not yet been fully funded. The Hampton Classic, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has launched a capital campaign to raise $1 million as soon as possible. Tax-deductible contributions can be made at the Hampton Classic’s website, or by contacting the office directly.
The 2018 Hampton Classic hosted approximately 1,600 horses and riders of all ages and abilities who competed in more than 200 classes of hunter, jumper and equitation classes in their six beautifully manicured show rings. Riders from twelve nations – including Olympic and World Cup champions – competed at the world-class event, which culminated in a brilliant victory by McLain Ward in the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI**** presented by Douglas Elliman.