Hampton Classic's Footing Gets Rave Reviews
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Grand Prix Ring's Bank Needs More Settling and Will Not Be Used This Year
Bridgehampton, NY – August 25, 2014 – The Hampton Classic has received rave reviews for the footing in its grass rings following the first day of this year’s horse show. The Classic went to great lengths to improve its footing following last year’s horse show. It was used for the first time on Sunday and was complimented extensively by riders and trainers.
However, following the $50,000 Clear Channel Hunter Derby, the lone class held in the Grand Prix Ring on opening day, it was determined that the Grand Prix Ring's new Derby Bank needs to settle more and, in the interest of safety, will not be used during the rest of this year's horse show.
"Following last year's horse show we invested a lot of time and money in improving our footing in all grass rings,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. "We met with the world’s leading experts and are thrilled with the feedback we are receiving from exhibitors; it is very reassuring to hear that our efforts were worth it and that we’re on the right track.
"However, we saw yesterday in the hunter derby that the bank has not yet settled sufficiently and is not fully ready for use. As always, we choose to err on the side of caution and therefore, rather than run a risk of something unfortunate happening, we will not use the bank in any classes at this year's horse show."
Following this year's horse show, the Hampton Classic will peel back the grass on the bank and reinforce it from underneath so that it is right for next year. Doing it immediately will allow time for it to be tested and to implement any other steps that may be necessary.
The Hampton Classic continues through Sunday in Bridgehampton, NY, featuring world-class show jumping competition.
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.