The annual Hampton Classic is a different kind of horse show. Here is one event where those who love horses and those who are new to them both enjoy taking in the show.
The best part of the Hampton Classic (beyond the great competition) is wandering around the grounds. That’s how you get to see all the parts of the show that make this event so special.
Your walking journey will take you to the schooling rings where horse and rider are warming up for their next event while trainers are setting up jumps and yelling out advice.
In the barn area you’ll get a glimpse of the trucks as they arrive with horses. For those already settled in you might catch a groom giving his horse a bath. At the end of the stalls you'll often see some of the equipment that will be used throughout the week to ride and take care of the horses. On the front end you'll see the beautifully decorated tack rooms showcasing the various farms, many whose students have worked all year to compete in this annual event.
If food is what you’re thinking about, well have no fear as here there is plenty, from the coffee shops, to the ice cream and smoothies, to the various main meal suggestions. In the various VIP tents caterers offer table patrons the most delectable selections for them to enjoy while watching the competition.
And those VIP tents also showcase the most magnificent table decorations, which is one of those special additions the Hampton Classic is known for. If you want to see table art in action, the final Sunday, September 1 is the day where all the best china and decorations grace the tables.
There is something for everyone at this annual event. The Boutique Garden has over 50 booths with all types of items for every member of the family. And best of all it offers areas to relax so you can take in the day and the surroundings.
For children of all ages, the kids tent area is a must see and a place to decorate cookies, pet animals and just have some good old fun. Saturday is the day to come if you are a kid or a kid at heart because that is when the Hampton Classic debuts its Kids Day.
And if you are wondering why this annual event is such a success, that might be partly or mostly due to the many sponsors. You’ll see their signage posted all over the grounds with a huge thank you to the main sponsor FTI and the newest big sponsor, Longines.
Last but not least is the competition which boasts the nation’s finest competitors who have a chance to show off their talent in arenas where no stone is left unturned, from great footing to beautifully designed fences in a variety of rings featuring hunter, jumper and equitation competition.
Annually this show takes place the week leading up to Labor Day weekend. This year’s event ends with the grand finale on Sunday, September 1. So, if you are able to take the journey out to Bridgehampton, LI, NY, while the traffic may take you a little longer to get there, once onsite you too will become a committed Hampton Classic fan. For more details visit their web site at www.hamptonclassic.com and don’t forget to check out the photos in the slideshow featured along with this article.