Local Hunter Champions Crowned at 39th Annual Hampton Classic
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Long Island horses shine on the show's Opening Day.
Bridgehampton, NY, Aug. 25, 2014-Horses stabled on Long Island had their day in the spotlight on Sunday, Aug. 24, The Atlantic Opening Day at the 39th Annual Hampton Classic. The locally stabled horses competed in five restricted hunter divisions, jumping on the grass in the Anne Aspinall Hunter Ring or next door in Hunter Ring 2.
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.
Saratoga, ridden by Holly Orlando of Wellington, FL, and Tivoli, ridden by Laura Bowery of Southampton, NY, were the Grand Local Hunter Co-Champions. They each won a section of the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists Local Working Hunter Professional division. Saratoga also won a section of this division in 2013, ridden by Hayley Barnhill.
Tivoli, with owner Anne Byers of Locust Valley, NY, aboard, also secured the Local Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship.
Clever Z, ridden by M.L. Stevenson of Cambridge, MA, won the Local Hunter Non-Professional division.
Landis, ridden by Sabrina Kalimian of East Norwich, NY, won the Revco Local Junior Hunter Championship.
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.
The Hampton Classic also features ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day on Monday, Aug. 25, an event that helps find permanent homes for rescued, horses, dogs, cats, and pigs.
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.