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Hampton Classic Rides To Success

Submitted by on September 7, 2011 – 7:43 amNo Comment
McLain Ward on Antares F

McLain Ward on Antares F

What started as a one day local horse show with a lemonade stand has turned into the prestigious and elegant Hampton Classic where patrons can sip Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal ringside as the top grand prix show jumpers in the world compete.  As an ode back to the days when the show first grew to its 5 day rated status, a hurricane again derailed the show.  But in what is now called “miracle Monday” the entire show grounds were re-assembled in a herculean effort to get the Classic off to a delayed but full force start.hampton classic pony

Not only a destination for the world’s top equestrians, the Hampton Classic is also a huge draw for spectators.  They have the chance to watch everything from the lead-line class with pig tailed tykes to Olympic Gold Medalists.  In different divisions there are the hunters known for their beauty and grace, equitation classes where juniors compete in top form, and jumpers which thrill the crowd soaring over enormous fences hoping for a clear round in the fastest time.

hampton classic range rover

Shakespeare would have given his kingdom for a horse but he’d still need to do some shopping.  Along with stylish equestrian apparel and every accoutrement for the high performance steeds and riders, there are clothes, cars, jewels, antiques, hats and more in the Boutique Garden.  From coveting the newest fabulous Sam Edelman ankle boots to ogling the newest Range Rover Evoque the high end Hampton’s shopper had plenty of eye candy.

For the animal lover the Hampton Classic also partnered with the ASPCA with pet adoptions and chances to learn more about contributing to animal welfare.

Michael Cinque, Janet O'Brien

Michael Cinque, Janet O'Brien

Grand Prix Sunday brought out the elegant equestrian crowd to the VIP Tents.  Everyone from Mayor Bloomberg to Matt Lauer were on hand to watch the excitement.  McLain Ward aboard Antares F thrilled the crowd with his win of the $250,00 FTI Grand Prix.  This was his third year in a row win.  Table décor competition was fierce with creative, colorful, and classic decorations. 

Wolffer Vineyard VIP Table

Wolffer Vineyard VIP Table

Nespresso's VIP Tent TAble

Nespresso's VIP Tent Table

We especially loved the Nespresso table decorated with their signature blue coffee capsules and Wolffer Vineyard’s beautiful pink amaryllis and silver décor accented by their wildly popular Rosé. 

hampton classic michael bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg

Guests were also stopping by the Pama table to have their sparkling wine infused with their pomegranate flavored liqueur.

Pama Liqueur

Pama Liqueur

Hats off to the entire Hampton Classic team for grace under pressure and presenting the wonderful world of horsemanship despite wicked winds blowing.  For sure next year we are going to get our own special Dubarry of Ireland boots for the occasion.

Dubarry of Ireland

Dubarry of Ireland

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