Kids’ Day presented by News 12 Long Island returned to the Hampton Classic Saturday featuring special activities to educate, entertain and delight kids of all ages. Always one of the most popular days for families at the Classic, children under 12 from Long Island and all around the New York metropolitan area enjoyed free admission, complimentary pony rides, a special gift of coloring pencils from News 12 Long Island, as well as animals, games, music, MAGIC and a ‘horseless horse show’ in support of JustWorld.

Steppin' Out Ponies offered free pony rides during Kids' Day presented by News 12 Long Island at the Hampton Classic Horse Show Saturday. © Vicci Valenti

A huge hit at the Classic, family attractions in the Kids’ Tent throughout the week included The Butterfly Experience, Tate’s Cookie Truck, Long Island Yarn & Farm farm Animals, painting with The Art Nanny, crafts with Barefoot Kids, Goat on A Boat puppet shows, complimentary pony rides by Steppin’ Out Ponies, safety tips with the Suffolk County PBA, Nature Nick’s Animal Adventures and readings of The Rainbow Bees.

Kids' Day presented by News 12 Long Island at the Hampton Classic Horse Show
© Vicci Valenti.

Saturday’s special lineup also included music and dancing with DJ Ray of Jarrell Entertainment, face painting and airbrush tattoos with Fancy Faces by Kathy and the Amazing Rubini, coloring with Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons and a ‘horseless horse show’ in support of Just World.

Children of all ages were astounded by the Bellini Family Circus and magic tricks by The Amazing Zola, who was returning to the Hampton Classic for an amazing 26th consecutive year!

The Hampton Classic offers fun experiences for the whole family! © Vicci Valenti

“The Hampton Classic offers something for everyone,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, executive director of the Hampton Classic. “We feature the nation’s best horses and riders and a FULL array of attractions for every member of the family.”

For the past week, The Hampton Classic has hosted more than 1,500 horses competing in 200 hunter, jumper and equitation classes in six show rings. The schedule features competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities, ranging from children’s leadline classes 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 hosted classes for riders with disabilities earlier in the week, offers five FEI classes, culminating with the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix Bridgehampton CSI4 on Sunday, September 1. Following the completion of the Grand Prix, the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge will be awarded to the grand prix rider with the highest number of points amassed over the week. The winner will receive $30,000 and a new LONGINES timepiece.

The Hampton Classic's Kids' Day presented by News 12 Long Island, included a visit with llamas, alpacas, sheep and goats courtesy of Long Island Yarn & Farm. © Vicci Valenti.

The Agneta Currey Boutique Garden hosts over 70 vendors offering an extensive selection of wares including luxurious women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, jewelry, handbags, handmade shoes and boots, art, automobiles, real estate, antiques, home furnishings, furniture, equestrian apparel, horse saddles and tack, photography, and so much more. The Hampton Classic’s own shop features signature clothing, souvenirs and the highly-collectible Hampton Classic posters.