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Hampton Classic Horse Show Returns This Weekend

Originally Posted: August 23, 2012

Competitions begin on Opening Day and run through the week. (Courtesy Photo)

The 37th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show will gallop back to the Hamptons this weekend with an action-packed Opening Day on Sunday, August 26. The Classic, which runs August 26-September 2, features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions.

The Classic's Opening Day features its traditional Local Hunter Divisions in addition to two featured classes in the Classic's famed Grand Prix Field. The Local Hunter Divisions feature classes for Amateur-Owner, Junior and Professional riders and are open to horses that have been stabled in Nassau or Suffolk County on Long Island for at least 75 days this year.

Kicking things off in the Grand Prix Ring will be the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge which will start at 8:00 am. This class features many of the nation's leading Grand Prix riders competing on their speed horses in a one-round competition against the clock. Following a brief Opening Day ceremony at 1:30 pm, the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, which made its debut at the Hampton Classic last year, will take center stage in the Grand Prix Ring. This class features some of the nation's best hunter horses and riders such as teenage sensation Victoria Colvin who has won many Derby competitions throughout the country.

"Opening Day always provides a great start to the Classic," said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. "It gives our Long Island exhibitors a chance to be part of the competition and also gives spectators a chance to see some of the best jumpers and hunters in top level competitions."
Opening Day also provides spectators an opportunity to experience the Classic's VIP Tent without having to purchase a table for the full week. Opening Day is the only day that spectators may purchase a table for a single day. Options include Hunter Ring side or Grand Prix Ring side in the Grand Prix Tent and Upper Level or Ringside in the USET Tent. There is an optional Hunter Brunch provided by Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs.

Opening Day also features special children's activities including cookie decorating with Citarella for kids from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Additionally, thanks to Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital, "Magic and Mindreading with Seth Kramer" will excite and delight those in attendance with his amazing psychic skills and incredible sleight of hand. There will be two 15-minute performances each hour.

Throughout the week, the Hampton Classic features six show rings with more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are all part of the Classic's schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities.

The highlight of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier on Sunday, September 2. The Grand Prix, open to horses that successfully complete Friday's $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, World Champions and other show jumping veterans such as defending champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward.

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 on line at www.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic's classes will also be available live on ShowNetVision.com.

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