End your summer on a high note with the 42nd Hampton Classic Horseshow returning to Bridgehampton this Sunday. The Hampton Classic is one of the "it" events on the Hamptons circuit. The show, well into its third decade, is well respected from locals and equestrian-lovers alike. This year's show will be help from August 27 - September 3.
The Classic is often regarded as one of the most prestigious outdoor equestrian events held in the country. This year's show marks the 42nd edition of the Classic. The show features competition from every level, from young children in leadline classes to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions.
The Classic became highly distinguished in 2009 when it became only the second horse show ever to receive the designation of Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation. Only those competitions that have been around for 25 or more years are eligible to receive this designation.
While the competition in the show can certainly be stiff as some of the best in the world come to compete, there is fun to be had on the grounds as well. The 60-acre Hampton Classic show grounds is also a destination for dining and shopping as the event is known for its celebrity sightings and high-end boutiques that host pop-up shops on the lawn. This year’s Boutique Garden is expected to have more than 80 vendors.
Also returning for the second year will be "Jump for Charity" where 10 rider captains will be paired with 10 selected charities. Custom hats have been generated for each charity. If all hats sell, $30,000 will be raised which will be allocated to the top three charities in terms of performance of their captains!
Opening Day, August 27th, will feature competition in six rings beginning at 8am. The highlight of the day will be the $30,000 Boar’s Head Jumper Challenge in the famed arena. This will be an arena of 1.40 meter jumps against the clock.
If you are in the East End this weekend, attending the Hampton Classic is a must! Limited tables for purchase were available under the tent at last check. Additionally, General Admission is $10/person with children under 6 free.