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Exciting Changes To Hampton Classic’s Opening And Closing Day Schedules

Originally Posted: March 21, 2012

Bridgehampton - The 2012 Hampton Classic Horse Show will feature schedule changes that will shine the spotlight brighter than ever on hunter and Lead Line riders.

The 37th annual Hampton Classic returns, August 26 through September 2, for another year of exciting equestrian competition, luxurious shopping, and activities with something for every member of the family. Set amidst the splendor of Long Island's spectacular Hamptons, near some of the world's most beautiful beaches, the Hampton Classic is the culminating event of the Hamptons' summer season.

Competition in the Grand Prix Ring will begin with the Classic's longtime Opening Day highlight, the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge, which will be held in the morning as opposed to the afternoon as it has in past years. Following the conclusion of that class and the Classic's official Opening Ceremonies, the Grand Prix Ring will host the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, which debuted at the Classic last year. This will mark an unprecedented opportunity for hunter exhibitors to compete in the Hampton Classic's famed Grand Prix Ring.

"We are very excited to host our Hunter Derby in the Grand Prix Ring on Opening Day," said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. "We think this is a wonderful opportunity for hunters to take center stage. Recognizing that these horses need a chance to become acclimated with the Grand Prix Ring before they compete, we are also happy to give these competitors a chance to hack or hand-walk there on Saturday morning, the day prior to the class. And, because there is a 24 hour stabling rule, we are pleased to accommodate any barns that would like to ship in beginning on Friday."

After many years as an Opening Day tradition, the Classic's Lead Line classes will be held on Grand Prix Sunday. Lead Line will be held in the newly named Anne Aspinall Arena, formerly Hunter Ring I. In addition, the short-stirrup competition, also traditionally held on Opening Day, will now take place on Wednesday in the Annex Ring.

"After Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of the first three days of last year's Hampton Classic, we were forced to make significant schedule adjustments that turned out to be incredibly popular," said Cohen. "Our Horsemen's Advisory Committee endorsed making permanent some of the changes that we made by necessity in 2011."

Further information on these classes and other aspects of the Hampton Classic Horse Show can be found at the Hampton Classic website or by calling 631-537-3177.

The Hampton Classic is one of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation and features competitors at every level from Lead Line to Olympic veterans in the Classic's feature event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier.

For those who can't make it to the show grounds, 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 online at www.wvvh.tv.

Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

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