Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Grand Finale of the Hampton Classic Horse Show

Karen Polle, winner of $250,000 Grand Prix, at the Hampton Classic Horse Show.
by Sharon Hoge

Judging jumpers is the main event, but there's another annual competition at the Hampton Classic Horse Show. For the grand finale afternoon this past Saturday, tables in the VIP Tent are elaborately decorated by their hosts, and the designs are judged by editors of the local shelter magazine. Equestrian themes tend to dominate along with bouquets of colorful local flowers. This year Hamptons Cottages &  Gardens' editor Kendell Constrom presented yellow, red, and blue ribbons to settings singled out for their subtlety and effective use of color.
Priscilla Gremillion
Taking third place was the Wolffer Estate Vineyard and Stables table designed as a tribute to the new Finca rose from their vineyard in Argentina. Inspired by the wine's dusky pink color, the table designed by co-owner Joey Wolffer and the vineyard events director Sue Calden featured lavender stripes and tiers of local blossoms.
Wolffer Estate Vineyard and Stables table
Apples are a horse's favorite treat, and bright apple green was the theme of the runner-up winner by Amy's Flowers of The Milk Pail farm market in Water Mill where the apples are actually grown. 
First place blue ribbon went to the Feffer Family table. Commemorating the 40th anniversary year of the horse show. Its "history of the hunt" theme included riding memorabilia:  boots and saddle, a lurking fox, and a book and flask for relaxing after the chase. Joanna Feffer and her friend  Deana Hanson who do pro bono events for animal protection charities created the table.
Feffer Family table.
And of course, an honorable mention goes to all the guests and amazing riders and competitors ...
McLain Ward
Hayley Barnhill
Catherine Nicole Tyree
Karen Polle, winner of $250,000 Grand Prix
Oliver Sarkozy and Mark Kate Olsen in the grandstand
Inside the Grand Prix tent
B. Smith and Dan Gasby
Michael Bloomberg and grandson Jasper
Beth Luongo and Steven Carl
Jana Bullock and Jill Zarin
Kelly Klein
Katie Couric and John Molner
Glenn Myles, Oliver Myles, Howard Lorber, and Jennifer Myles
Countess Luann de Lesseps and Christopher Robbins
Southampton Mayor Mark Epley and Marianne Epley
Lucia Hwong Gordon
Ramona Singer
Denise Holzer and Nick Raynes
Marla Maples and Jason Binn
Phillip Bloch
Antonio L.A. Reid, Erica Reid, and children
Martin Pepa and son
Judith and Rudy Giuliani
Robert Zimmerman, Tim Brunner, Baruch Shemtov, and Nick Kleidon
Bridgette Marks
Caroline Lieberman
Elisa Destefano
Owner of Campbell stables Bobby Campbell and wife Barbara Campbell
Katie Couric and Brooke Shields
Dolores Berhalter, Desiree Fish, Lucia Gilbert, Krista Crane, Sarah Tanner, and Hillary Profita
Ringmaster Alan Keeley
Cassandra Seidenfeld
Morgan Rein, Colleen Rein, and Gary Rein
Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley
Frankie and Lenny Lane
Rod and Judy Gilbert
Matt and wife Annette Lauer

Photographs by Rob Rich