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Thousands of children enjoy animals and other activities

Bridgehampton, NY-Aug. 30, 2014-Optimum® Kids Day proved once again to be a huge hit at the 39th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. More than 1,000 children, from Long Island and all around the New York metropolitan area, enjoyed pony rides, a petting zoo, wildlife exhibits, musical entertainment and dancing, magic acts and much more, just a few steps from the action in the Grand Prix Ring and in the hunter rings.

In addition to the free pony rides for children under 12, activities included dancing and singing on stage, the Bellini Family Circus & Friends, magic by the Amazing Zola, face painting by Ruby, llamas and other production animals from the Long Island Livestock Company, a birds of prey demonstration from the Wildlife Center of the Hamptons, and crafts with the Children's Museum of the East End.

When they weren't performing, the Bellini Family Circus & Friends ran workshops to allow kids to learn to perform some of the acts and tricks that they saw.

Children's events at the Hampton Classic weren't limited to Optimum® Kids Day, though.

Throughout the week, the Long Island Livestock Company had llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats and Pansy the pig on display in the Kids Tent. They even gave sheep-shearing demonstrations on Thursday.

The 39th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show runs Aug. 24-31. 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 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.