|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.
|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.
|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.|
|And of course, an honorable mention goes to all the guests and amazing riders and competitors ...|
Photographs by Rob Rich