The Hamptons Classic returned to Bridgehampton for the 39th time yesterday, beginning with the $50,000 Clear Channel Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, place at the Grand Prix Field. The Derby followed the SeaAire leadline classes, judged by Olympic gold medalist Joe Fargis, featuring riders as young as 2 years old. In addition, traditional Local Hunter Divisions included the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists Professional Division, the Revco Local Junior Hunter division, and the Local Amateur-Owner division, all open to horses living on Long Island.
"The Atlantic Opening Day activities set the Classic off on a great foot," said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. "Our local Long Island exhibitors get their chance to take center stage and spectators are able to see top level hunters in action!"
Opening Day also offered loads of activities in the Kids Tent, as well as cookie decorating with gourmet market, Citarella, live animals from Long Island Livestock Co., and activities with Church Street School for Music & Art, and more throughout the day.
Among those on hand was NY Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), whose 5- year old granddaughter KatieMae Sweeney who won the leadline competition in her age division aboard a Welsh thoroughbred names Clover (aka Lil’Bit of Luck).
The Hampton Classic features more than 100 classes of competition including jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities. The Classic features 6 show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, on its 60-acre show grounds. Those attending today’s events (Monday August 25) are also invited to attend The ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day, which helps to find permanent homes for rescued, horses, dogs, cats, and pigs.
The world-class field of Grand Prix riders competes daily in the Classic's open jumper division, which features an FEI-recognized Grand Prix on three consecutive days, Friday through Sunday, August 29-31 - the $50,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier presented by LONGINES on Friday, the $40,000 Longines Cup on Saturday presented by the Crown Family, and Sunday's $250,000 Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, presented by Land Rover, a qualifying competition for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas next April. In addition, the rider who accumulates the most points in the horse show's Open Jumper division wins the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge.
For more information visit www.hamptonclassic.com or by call 631-537-3177.