It’s that time of year again—or it will be, starting August 28 when the Hampton Classic kicks off its 41st year. Fans of equestrian culture, celeb-spotting, shopping and schmoozing will find something to love at the annual show.
More than 70 vendors in the Boutique Garden and a wide selection of dining options, including a farmers market, will be situated on the immaculate 65-acre grounds.
For the serious horseman (and woman), the purses have increased across the board. “With the addition of a fourth FEI [International Equestrian Federation], a large increase in prize money and Alan Wade joining us as Course Designer, we’re anticipating a stellar turn-out for our 2016 show,” says Shanette Barth Cohen, the event’s executive director. “Coming right after this summer’s Olympic Games, this year’s Hampton Classic promises to be very exciting for competitors and spectators alike!”
The winner of the highly anticipated Grand Prix event (held on the final day of the Classic, and featuring the best-of-the-best Olympians, world champions and show jumping veterans) stands to receive a pot of $300,000—$50,000 more than last year. The newly added event, a $40,000 Open Jumper Sovaro® Speed class, will take place on Thursday, September 1. For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, a complimentary live webcast of all Grand Prix ring classes will air on the Hampton Classic Website.
The 41st Hampton Classic will take place from August 28 – September 4 at 240 Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton. For more information, visit hamptonclassic.com or call 631-537-3177.