Bridgehampton, NY – August 14, 2018 – The Hampton Classic Horse Show, the highly-anticipated event on the summer tour for competitors and spectators alike, is set to host eight days of spectacular competition at its picturesque venue in Bridgehampton, NY, August 26–September 2. The 43rd annual show kicks off with Harmony Home Concierge Opening Day, Sunday, August 26, with a variety of exciting classes and attractions.
Harmony Home Concierge Opening Day begins at 8:00 a.m. with competition running in six rings. Starting things off in the beautiful grass Grand Prix Ring at 9:00 a.m. is the Leadline class, again to be judged by legendary Olympic Gold medalist Joe Fargis. Approximately 100 immaculately groomed ponies and horses will parade their perfectly-outfitted young riders in the ring while proud family members watch nervously from the sidelines and V.I.P. tents.
The Harmony Home Concierge Opening Day Ceremony, the official welcome to the Classic, takes place in the Grand Prix Ring at 2:00 p.m. just prior to the start of the featured class of the day, the $30,000 Boar’s Head Jumper Challenge. Top international riders will go head-to-head as they tackle the course. This year, the class is being run under the same format as the horse show’s Grand Prix where all horses that jump clear in the first round return for the jump-off where the winner will be the horse-and-rider combination that is faster than the others while leaving all the jump rails in place.
The Anne Aspinall Ring, the Hampton Classic’s premier hunter ring, will feature the traditional Local Hunter Classes which are open to horses that make their home on Long Island. The East Hampton Star Local Hunter Classes will be offered for professional riders while other Local Hunter classes for non-professionals will run in Hunter Ring 2 along with the Miller & Associates Local Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship.
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2017 $30,000 Boar's Head Open Jumper
The third annual $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby begins at 2:00 p.m.
and attracts impeccable hunter horses ready to wow the judges with a two-round3’3” class.
Additional classes focused on equitation for both junior and adult riders, such as theJos. M. Troffa Children’s Equitation High Classes and Ariat Adult Medal, will take place inother rings during Opening Day.
"Opening Day at the Hampton Classic is always exciting as it’s the start of an amazing week of competition,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the horse show’s Executive Director. “All six show rings will be busy with a wide variety of classes throughout the day, so there’s something that everyone will enjoy watching – from tiny ponies to Olympic competitors!”
In addition to the elite competition, the Hampton Classic’s 65-acre world-class showgrounds boasts a huge assortment of gourmet food choices, daily kids’ activities and the luxurious Agneta Currey Boutique Garden and Stable Row which feature more than 80 vendors offering an extensive collection of wares, providing visitors the chance to shop from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Over the eight days of competition, the Hampton Classic showcases more than 1,600 horses competing in 200 hunter, jumper and equitation classes in six show rings. The schedule features classes for horses and riders of all ages and abilities, ranging from the children’s leadline all the way up to the grand prix show jumping with Olympic veterans that come from all across the U.S. and abroad. The Classic, which also hosts classes for riders with disabilities, offers five FEI classes, culminating with the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix CSI4* Presented by Douglas Elliman on Sunday, September 2.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions 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 are also available on ShowNet.biz.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.