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Bridgehampton, NY - June 20, 2017 - The 42nd Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 27 - September 3, to showcase the highest levels of equestrian show jumping competition. The Hampton Classic features six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, all on its 60-acre show grounds.
"Whether you are a rider or spectator, there is something for everyone at the Hampton Classic Horse Show," said Shanette Barth Cohen, the horse show's Executive Director. "Our world-class venue draws the best horses and riders, including Olympians, from across the nation and around the world to compete for coveted titles and top prize money. Everyone can enjoy world-class competition, high-end shopping boutiques and gourmet cuisine in one location. It doesn't get any better than that!"
The Hampton Classic hosts more than 200 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. A wide range of hunter, jumper and equitation classes are offered ranging from leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix show jumping. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities.
Sunday, August 27 - Leadline classes, Opening Day Ceremonies and dressage exhibition, the $30,000 Boar's Head Jumper Challenge, and $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby highlight Opening Day at the Hampton Classic. Local hunter classes take place in other rings throughout the day as well as Children's and Adult Equitation classes. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m.
Monday, August 28 - The Finals of the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities will be the highlight of competition beginning at 10:00 am. Spectators are also invited to shop in the Boutique Garden or visit the Exhibition Tent. The Hampton Classic will host the 7th annual Adoption Day, another highlight of the day. Adoptable cats and dogs will be in the Kid's area from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. and adoptable horses will be showcased in Hunter Ring 2 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. There is no admission charge on Monday. Competition begins at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 29 - Tuesday's events include the $10,000 Open Jumper class, the$10,000 Brown Harris Stevens 7 & Under Jumper class, USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumpers, Green Working and High Performance Hunters, and Children's Hunters. The Short-Stirrup classes and Championships will take place in the Annex Ring. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, August 30 - Competition continues in Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Open Jumpers including the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper classes, $10,000 Open Jumper and $10,000 7 & Under Jumpers. Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Adult Amateur Hunter classes are also featured, as are the Green and High Performance Hunters and Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Classics. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 31 - The week's jumper competition continues with $40,000 SOVARO® Speed Stake, as well as Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Children's Jumper classes including the Washington International Equitation Classic, Jumper Phase. Hunter classes will include Small and Large Junior Hunters, and Adult Amateur Hunter Championships and the $2,500 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. USEF Adult Equitation and the Pessoa/U.S. Hunter Seat Medal Qualifying class will also take place. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m.
Friday, September 1 - Friday features exciting events in the Grand Prix Ring starting at 8:00 a.m. including the $10,000 Junior/Amateur Welcome Stake, the $10,000 SHF Enterprises 7 & Under Jumpers Championship, and the $15,000 Speed Derby. The $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier, scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start, will set the participant list for Sunday's $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix. The schedule also includes Adult-Amateur and Junior Jumper Championships. In the other rings, the Hunter classes will take place for Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Ponies, featuring Small and Large Junior Hunter Championships. The boutique garden will feature extended shopping hours, until 6:30 pm and live music by the Lynn Blue Band beginning at 4:00 pm.
Saturday, September 2 - Kids Day will feature plenty of activities for the entire family from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Children under 12 are admitted free and receive a free pony ride. The Grand Prix ring will host both phases of the $10,000 Great Southwest Equestrian Center Equitation Championship beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the $15,000 Carolex Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic followed by the big event of the day, the $50,000 LONGINES Cup at 2:00 p.m. The Jumper 2 Ring will host the $10,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic, $5,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, and $5,000 Children's Jumper Classic. The other rings will host a multitude of Hunter championship classes for Amateur-Owners, Juniors and the $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic.
Sunday, September 3 - The $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic is among the featured competition on Grand Prix Sunday. Festivities in the Grand Prix Ring begin with the $25,000 Jumping Derby followed by the awarding of the Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper Championships. These events lead up to the grand finale - the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Presented by SOVARO®. The winner of the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge will also be presented.
The Hampton Classic is famous not only for its world-class equestrian competition, but also for its celebrity sightings throughout the week. Among those who have attended the Classic in recent years are Matt Lauer, Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa, Sofia Vergara, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Julianne Moore, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Brooke Shields, and Jennifer Lopez.
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.