|This past weekend in Bridgehampton on the 65 acre showgrounds on Snake Hollow Road, they wrapped up the 35th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.
The Hampton Classic Horse Show is the premier show jumping competition in Bridgehampton, New York.
As the first U.S. stop in the East Coast World Cup League, the quest for the coveted spots on the World Cup Finals squad kicks off here. And with more than 50,000 attending and $600,000 in prize money, the event is one of the largest and most prestigious equestrian events in the U.S. Of the more than 5,000 horse shows each year in the United States, experienced equestrians say The Hampton Classic is the most glamorous and excessive.
|Held the week just prior to Labor Day, the Classic features eight days of competitions from junior levels up to the pinnacle of the sport – grand prix show jumping.
The Classic is also one of the biggest social bashes in the Hamptons and signals the finale of the summer season.
|With eighteen stabling tents house more than 1,600 horses, almost two acres of party tenting, five show rings, another half-dozen warm-up areas, more than 70 shops and restaurants and the Exhibition Tent first time visitors are astounded to see this mini-city that has sprung up from amidst the farm fields of Bridgehampton.
The VIP tent contains festively decorated tables for the show's many sponsors and exhibitors from the large stables. This is the place to be, especially on the final Sunday when the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix & FEI World Cup Qualifier takes place.
|On Sunday, McLain Ward, riding Sapphire, won his second consecutive $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the 2010 Hampton Classic. Ward made Hampton Classic history last year when he won his fourth Grand Prix, more than any other rider in the 33-year history of the event. He extended that record this year with his fifth win, and his victory marked only the third time that the same horse-and-rider team won the class in two consecutive years.
On Saturday afternoon, Marengo, owned by the Dobbs Group, gave Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ, a blue ribbon, the perfect accessory for her win in the $30,000 FENDI Open Jumper Challenge.
|Photographs by Rob Rich/516-676-3939|