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Hampton Classic Horse Show Featuring Top Prize Money and Five FEI Classes at 44th Annual Event Thrilling Competition to Culminate with $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix

Hampton Classic Horse Show Featuring Top Prize Money and Five FEI Classes at 44th Annual Event Thrilling Competition to Culminate with $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix

The 2019 Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the country’s largest outdoor shows and a prominent fixture on the hunter-jumper circuit, will welcome back the nation’s elite horses and riders who will compete for more than $800,000 in prize money and prestigious titles on August 25-September 1 in Bridgehampton, NY. The 44th annual event will feature five International Equestrian Federation (FEI) classes this year, culminating in the thrilling$300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix that will showcase the biggest names in the sport, including Olympic, World and National Champions.

Each year approximately 50,000 people – including many A-list celebrities – come to watch the nation’s best equestrian athletes compete at the Hampton Classic. The world-class event showcases more than 1,500 horses competing in 200 hunter, jumper and equitation classes. There are classes for horses and riders of all ages and abilities and the broad spectrum ranges from leadline classes, all the way up to grand prix show jumping. The Hampton Classic also hosts classes for riders with disabilities.

This year’s event will feature five FEI classes in the grass Grand Prix ring that will showcase elite riders from around the world, including Olympic veterans.  $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper – Wednesday, August 28 at 1:00 p.m. $40,000 Speed Stake – Thursday, August 29 at 2:00 p.m.·      $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier – Friday, August 30 at 2:30 p.m. $72,000 LONGINES Cup – Saturday, August 31 at 2:00 p.m. $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix – Sunday, September 1 at 1:00 p.m.

The meticulous 65-acre venue also boasts six show rings, a high-end Boutique Garden with more than 80 vendors, and a dozen international food options as well as its exclusive VIP areas. There are also kid-friendly activities including pony rides, petting zoo animals, daily special attractions and more! “Whether you are a competitor, a fan of the sport, or just want a great day out with the family, the Hampton Classic has something for everyone both in and out of the show ring,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the Classic’s Executive Director. “As we are unveiling our new grass Grand Prix field following a $1 million renovation, we are expecting an even bigger number of entries, which will make our 44th annual event even more exciting!”
Schedule
Sunday, August 25 – Leadline classes, Opening Day Ceremonies, the $30,000 Land Rover Jumper Challenge Presented by Jaguar, and $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby highlight Opening Day at the Hampton Classic. Local hunter classes take place in other rings throughout the day as well as Children’s and Adult Equitation classes. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Monday, August 26 – The Finals of the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities Presented by BNB Bank will be the highlight of competition beginning at 10:00 am. Spectators are also invited to shop in the Boutique Garden or visit the Exhibition Tent. The Hampton Classic will host the 9th annual Animal Welfare and Adoption Day, another highlight of the day. Adoptable cats and dogs will be in the Kid’s area from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and adoptable horses, facilitated by the EQUUS Foundation, will be showcased in Hunter Ring 2 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. There is no admission charge on Monday. Competition begins at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 27 – Tuesday’s events include the $10,000 Open Jumper class,the $10,000 7 & Under Jumper class, Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, Amateur/Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumpers, Green Working and High Performance Hunters, and Children’s Hunters. Short-Stirrup classes and Championships will take place in the Annex Ring. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Wednesday, August 28 – Competition continues in Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Open Jumpers including the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper and the $10,000 Palm Beach Masters Open Jumper classes. Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Adult Amateur Hunter classes are also featured, as are the Green and High Performance Hunters and Children’s Hunter Classics. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Thursday, August 29 – The week’s jumper competition continues with $40,000 Speed Stake, as well as Amateur/Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Children’s Jumper classes including the Washington International Equitation Classic, Jumper Phase. Hunter classes will include Small and Large Junior Hunters, Adult Amateur Hunter Championships, and the $2,500 Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. USEF Adult Equitation and the Dover Saddlery/U.S. Hunter Seat Medal Qualifying class will also take place. Competition begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Friday, August 30 – Friday features exciting events in the Grand Prix Ring starting at 8:00 a.m. including the $10,000 Junior/Amateur/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake, the $10,000 SHF Enterprises 7 & Under Jumpers Championship, and the$15,000 Speed Derby. The $75,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier,scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start, will set the participant list for Sunday’s $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix. The schedule also includes Adult-Amateur, Amateur/Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper Championships. In the other rings, the Hunter classes will take place for Amateur-Owner, Junior, and Ponies, featuring Small and Large Junior Hunter Championships. 
Saturday, August 31 – Kids Day presented by News 12 Long Island will feature plenty of activities for the entire family from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Children under 12 are admitted free and receive a free pony ride. The Grand Prix ring will host both phases of the $10,000 Equitation Championship presented by Palm Beach International Academy beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the $15,000 Carolex Junior/Amateur/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic followed by the big event of the day, the $72,000 LONGINES Cup at 2:00 p.m. The Jumper 2 Ring will host the $12,500 Amateur/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, $12,500 Junior Jumper Classic, $5,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Classic, and $5,000 Children’s Jumper Classic. The other rings will host a multitude of Hunter championship classes for Amateur-Owners, Juniors and the $2,500 Pony Hunter Classic.  Following the day’s competition, JustWorld International is hosting a horseless horse show in Hunter Ring 2. 
Sunday, September 1 – The $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic is among the featured competitions on Grand Prix Sunday. Festivities in the Grand Prix Ring begin with the $25,000 Jumping Derby followed by the awarding of theAmateur/Amateur-Owner and Junior Jumper Championships. These events lead up to the grand finale— the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix. The winners of the $30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge and $5,000 Mane ‘n Tail Hunter Rider Challenge will also be presented.
Admission Daily admission is $10 per person (children under six are admitted free) or $20 per carload. Free General Admission on Monday, August 26 (limited competition this day, but boutiques, exhibition tent, and Animal Adoption Day are open). Seniors are admitted free Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Saturday (August 31), children under 12 are admitted free and receive a FREE pony ride. Parking is FREE. Grandstand tickets for the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix CSI4* on Sunday, September 1, are $45 per person for bucket seating in all sections and are on sale now. Go to http://www.hamptonclassic.com/grandstand-tickets to book your seats today!
The Hampton Classic is also famous for its celebrity guests throughout the week, mingling in the VIP and watching from the sidelines. Among those who have attended the Classic in recent years are Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa, Sofia Vergara, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Julianne Moore, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Brooke Shields, and Jennifer Lopez. VIP tables are located in three separate areas that surround the Grand Prix Ring. All Chalet tables and ringside tables include passes for 14 guests. Grand Prix tent, hunter side, and USET tent, upper level, tables include 8 passes. Tables are available for the week, Tuesday, August 27 – Sunday, September 1 and come with a table cloth, chairs, and a centerpiece. Catering is not included but may be booked in advance. Tables may not be purchased for individual days, with the exception of Opening Day, Sunday, August 25. Tables must be booked in advance and require a minimum total contribution including sponsorship, and a table fee. Credit toward the sponsorship portion of the fee will be given to barns with significant entries for up to one table. The maximum credit given for entries will be $10,000. The minimum total contribution for each type of table is: ringside – $20,000, Hunter and USET Upper Level – $10,000, and Chalet – $12,500. Centrally located tables require significantly larger contributions than these minimum. Tables usually sell out by mid-July. For further details call (631) 537-3177 or emailReyna@hamptonclassic.com. Table Placement is at Committee Discretion. ShowNet Live WebcastsThe Hampton Classic is pleased to continue its relationship with ShowNet by offering its services FREE to all 2019 exhibitors! Services include: Orders of Go; Live Ring Status; Live Results; and Post Round Video.  For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of LONGINES. Complimentary live webcast of all Anne Aspinall ring competitions also air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and sponsored by RideTV. In addition, 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 atwww.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic’s other classes are also available on ShowNet.biz

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