The first hurdle to overcome at this year's Hampton Classic
Horse Show in Bridgehampton was the weather, but once the sunshine arrived, the VIP tent and show grounds were abuzz with riders, socials, celebs, and their offspring. Bruce Springsteen
and wife Patti Scialfa
, there to support their daughter Jessica
, who was showing in the Junior Jumpers, were seen holding hands all around the grounds. The Boss was overheard saying that, "there is absolutely no truth to the rumors
that Patti and I have broken up, it is totally unfounded."
North Run trainer Missy Clark
and her husband John Brennan
were kept ultra busy in the schooling areas preparing Lou Dobbs
and wife Debbie's
, as well as Paula Zahn's
daughter, Haley Cohen
, for competition. The Dobbs and Zahn's were not the only parents to be out in the rain showing their support for North Run - Debbie Welles
was back at the tents watching over daughter Julie
and her pups Lily and Rose, and Lisa Towell
had come all the way up from Finally Farm, leaving daughter Lisa
in charge in South Carolina, to watch son Harden
in his last year as a junior.
camera crew was kept busy catching every moment come rain or shine, from show rings to shopping. They even wired Missy's client Andrew Welles
with a camera on his helmet so they could help audience experience every hurdle from the rider's perspective for CBS's annual Hampton Classic one hour special. Missy warned him that her client better not look down at the jump, or EVERYONE would know it!!!
Joanna and Christain Wolffer at the Hampton Classic Horse
Show. Photos by Rob Rich © 2006 516-676-3939 robwayne1
Many proud parents were seen watching from the comfort of the Grand Prix tent, where Robbins Wolfe
Eventeurs were creating their own winning dishes including their signature Hampton Classic horse cookies. Grand Prix and Olympic veteran rider Joe Fargis
found time away from the horses to stop to chat with Christopher Robbins
. Seems they have BOTH been participating in the Hampton Classic, Christopher for the fine fare and Joe for his winning talents in the jumper ring, for nearly a quarter of a century!
In other areas of the show, there were kids in pigtails riding ponies and beautifully turned out adults showing off their glossy hunters. When not busy at the hunter ring with his Wendy Soloman
, trainer Jonathan Soresi
was checking out the Young Jumper classes along with others keeping an eye on the up and comers including Grand Prix riders Nona Garson
and Andre Dagnelli
, as well as Michael D'Ambrosio
, whose husband Anthony D'Ambrosio
was off in Europe checking out the young jumpers over there!
Expected to attend this week, despite the onset of Hurricane Ernesto, are Steven Spielberg
, James Lipton
, Matt Lauer
, Peter Boyle
, Katie Couric
, and Jill Rappaport
Culminating what had been a wet week, the sun was shining bright as three-time Olympic veteran Anne Kursinski
of Frenchtown, NJ rode Roxanna 112
to victory in the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix. Congratulations!
While Labor Day
usually means the end of the season of summer benefits and parties, for the artists and galleries on the East End, it signals the start of the plethora of fall shows. Perhaps drawing inspiration from the eventual turning of the leaves, the color is brought onto the canvas as colder weather brings guests inside.
We started our weekend with a bit of audible art at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. Showcasing their new outdoor tasting pavilion, Bedell has been hosting weekly tastings and music performances from local artists. The smooth jazz floated out the open air pavilion to greet us as we arrived, and set the mellow mood as guests leisurely tasted the wines. The extra-long bar for tastings drew the crowd as they eagerly sampled each of the wines available.
Not wanting to have any of the senses feel left out, the stunning view of the rolling vineyard set the picture perfect backdrop as we debated the inspiration for a few of the extra large labels adorning the walls with Roy Ryniker
and Bob Musso
Susan Nash and Eileen Dawn Skretch at Ashawagh Hall. Photo
by Katrina Lovett
Bedell hosts the final tasting of the music and wine on Saturday September 9th, will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and perhaps with a few new bottles for the wine cellar.
Next, we braved choppy seas to take the shortcut across Shelter Island to the opening of the Labor Day Landscape Exhibition: Accabonac Harbor. With Hurricane Ernesto hanging around, the wind and rain made for interesting travel, and even tempted the fate of our umbrella, though it didn't seem to deter the guests from East Hampton.
Ashawagh Hall was filled wall to wall and overflowing onto the front patio as we chatted up with artists on display including Eileen Dawn Skretch
, Bruce Horwith
, Dru Frederick
as well as conservationist Nancy Kelley
. With such beautiful landscape as inspiration, it felt like a bit of summer crept back in for an encore as we looked at the paintings and photographs lining every available wall. With such a plethora of local landscapes, we look forward to many more themed shows like this one.
Karen Sanders and Richard Bruce at Karin Sanders Fine Art
Gallery. Photo by Katrina Lovett
Finishing our art tour, we stopped in Sag Harbor to visit one of our favorite galleries, for the Art Opening and Reception honoring Richard Bruce
at Karin Sanders Fine Art. While Richard Bruce's work wasn't limited geographically to Accabonac Harbor, many of his pieces seem to have local roots as seascapes and landscapes drew us up the stairs and up close for a look at the varying texture of the paints on the birch canvases. The soft hues as the skylines just started to fade into sunset fit perfectly with the calm mood of the evening, despite the wind outside.
The artist chatted with guests including Dorothy Frankel
, Jackie Ostrander
, Bill Antonow
, and blogger Peter Duhon
, while Karin Sanders
floated from room to room to make sure the guests were enjoying themselves as well as the spread of champagne and hors d'oeuvres. The show is on display through October 26th, and is the perfect chance to relive a glimpse of summer as the colder weather rolls in.
The 60th Annual Shinnecock Pow Wow. Photo by Katrina Lovett
Monday afternoon, the rain was a distant memory as the sun helped dry things out. We headed to Southampton for the 60th Annual Shinnecock Pow Wow. The earthy beat of the drums
and dancing welcomed guests to the large Pow Wow grounds as dancers and tribesmen took the large circular stage in a brilliant array of costumes. Dance and other contests including hoop throwing set the backdrop as guests lined up lawn chairs to watch.
Lining the edge of the grounds, booths for everything from toys and clothes to food kept shoppers busy as we spotted Jeff Thayer
and family, Amber Tubbs
, Shanaya Robinson
, Kelly Dennis
, and Denise Silva Dennis
enjoying the shade. After enjoying some of the performances, we braved the long lines to try a chili 'taco' on the signature fry bread and a cool lemonade before getting a head start on a bit of our holiday shopping. The Pow Wow is as much a local staple as Bridgehampton Polo and the Hampton Classic, and we can't wait for next year!
Nicole, an award-winning journalist, is Executive Editor & Publisher of Hamptons.com where she focuses on celebrity interviews, fine living and design, social events, fashion and beauty. She lives on the North Fork with her husband, their two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog, Cooper. www.hamptons.com