ASPCA Offers Animals For Adoption At Hampton Classic
Rescued horses, dogs, cats and more find new homes at the horse show.
Bridgehampton, NY, Aug. 25, 2014—Monday was ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day at the 39th Annual Hampton Classic. But activities to support the welfare of New York horses, dog, cats and other animals will continue throughout the weeklong show.
Six local rescue groups brought dogs and cats to the ASPCA Adoption Day— and for one family adopting a cat at the Hampton Classic was the climax of a yearlong plan.
The Wallach family of So. Salem, NY—Sebastian (12), Tyler (10) and Rianna (8) —came to ASPCA Adoption Day in 2013 and decided then that they’d return this year especially to adopt a cat to succeed their deceased 21-year-old cat, who’d been adopted from the ASPCA.
“These dogs and cats need love. They don’t have families,” said Sebastian, who also has a pet turtle.
To accomplish their goal, they and two friends (Matthew and Olivia Newfield, of Wilton, CT) spent part of the summer selling three different kinds of bracelets on the beach at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Their bracelet sales raised a total of $564, enough for them to donate $175 to the ASPCA today and to adopt a cat.
After surveying the more than a dozen cats on display in the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s air-conditioned spay/neuter van, the three siblings settled on a tabby kitten with a white face and paws, named Tom. “We put our hands up against the window, and he high-fived us,” said Tyler.
ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors Georgina Bloomberg and Hayley Barnhill and NBC’s Animal Welfare Advocate Jill Rappaport, along with James Hastie, executive director of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, hosted a program advocating adopting horses from rescue organizations. Four adoptable horses joined them in the Anne Aspinall Ring, including a 22-year-old, Thoroughbred mare whom Barnhill rode around the ring.
“I believe that they know when they’ve been saved—and they’ll thank you every day for it,” said Rappaport.
Then Rappaport ended the session with a surprise—taking the lead from the successful ALS Bucket Challenge, she announced her own fund-raising program, called Pies 4 Paws. She invited Bloomberg to kick off the fund-raising effort by flattening a pie in her face. And then she did it to Bloomberg—before challenging two others to join them.
“I didn’t put on any make-up today to be ready for this!” said Rappaport. “Remember that there are 8 million animals in shelters right now, and half of them will never get adopted.”
Eleven additional animal-welfare groups joined the ASPCA in making the day a success: Gimme Shelter, Ruff House Rescue, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, The Little Shelter in Huntington, Befreegle Foundation, Project Sage Horse Rescue, Kaeli Kramer Foundation Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, North Shore Horse Rescue, Rosemary Farm Sanctuary Inc. and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Foundation.
On Friday, Aug. 29, the ASPCA will host the ASPCA Equine Welfare Town Hall at the Hampton Classic. The ASPCA Equine Welfare and Government Affairs Team will describe ways in which everyone can support the cause of equine welfare. To participate, RSVP Valerie Angeli at Valerie.Angeli@aspca.org or call 212-876-7700, ext. 4656.
During the week FTI Consulting is sponsoring “Jump For The ASPCA.” Any time a horse jumps the jump adorned with the ASPCA’s logo, set in the Grand Prix Ring, with no faults, it will trigger a donation to the ASPCA Equine Fund.
The 39th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs Aug. 24–31, in Bridgehampton, NY. The Hampton Classic features world-class equestrian competition, with more than 100 classes of competition including jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.
The Hampton Classic features six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, on its 60-acre show grounds. The Classic's world-class equestrian competition attracts many of the nation's top professional and amateur riders including Olympic medalists.
The Classic’s 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, Aug. 29-31: the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by Longines on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday, and Sunday’s $250,000 Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, presented by Land Rover, a qualifying competition for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April.
The Grand Prix is also part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, and the $250,000 National Horse Show Grand Prix. The rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show’s Open Jumper division wins the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge.
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 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 will also be available on ShowNet.biz.
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.