Articles: Press Release
The Hampton Classic Horse Show Returns
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgehampton, NY—April 17, 2002—The annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, one
of the nation’s premier show jumping competitions, returns to Bridgehampton,
NY for its 27th year on August 25 - September 1. The Classic, which
benefits the Southampton Hospital, hosts exciting hunter/jumper competition
from junior levels up to the pinnacle of the sport, grand prix show jumping.
First Rate Equestrian Competition
The top riders of the sport, including Olympic medalists and World Cup
winners, will compete in Friday's $25,000 Adequan Fiesta Day Grand Prix, a
prelude to the grand finale of the horse show—the $150,000 Prudential
Financial Grand Prix. The $25,000 Adequan Grand Prix, one of 10 classes
held on the East Coast that determine which show jumpers qualify for the
following April’s World Cup Final, will also determine the top thirty riders
who get to compete in Sunday’s Grand Prix.
As always at the Classic, the competition will be fierce. Expected to
compete are members of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Nona Garson, Margie
Goldstein-Engle, Lauren Hough and Laura Kraut, as well as Olympians Norman
Dello Joio (1992), Anne Kursinski (1988 and 1996), Joe Fargis (1984), Leslie
Burr Howard (1984 and 1996) and Peter Leone (1996).
In addition to the prize money, the winning rider receives a watch from
Rolex, the James Walsh Perpetual Trophy, a jeroboam of Champagne from Louis
Roederer, and a one-of-a-kind gold and silver championship belt buckle
designed by David Yurman. As an added attraction for riders, if the same
horse and rider win both Friday’s Adequan Grand Prix Qualifying Class and
Sunday’s Prudential Financial Grand Prix, that rider will take home a
$100,000 bonus check. To date, no rider has captured the back-to-back
victories needed to claim this special prize, but all eyes will be on Friday
’s winner during Sunday’s Prudential Financial Grand Prix to see if he or
she can be the first to claim the Hampton Classic Bonus Challenge.
Other prestigious classes held throughout the week are the $50,000
AmeriChoice Eastern Finals of the Young Jumper Championships, the $25,000
Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby for riders under the age of 21, the $15,000
W.G.H.R. Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic and the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand
Prix. The $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby is a member event of the
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series which determines which
junior and amateur/owner riders will qualify to ride at the 2002 National
Exciting Activities and Entertainment
In addition to the competition taking place each day simultaneously in five
rings, spectators will be treated to a variety of other exciting exhibits,
including the Boutique Garden’s 36 vendor booths and three on-site public
restaurants. For kids, the World of the Horse™ Exhibition Tent and Show
Yard offers hands-on activities including pony rides, petting farm,
Companion Dog Care and a Kids-Teaching-Kids program of pony care. For
evening entertainment, spectators can take advantage of the nearby famous
Hampton beaches, nightclubs, restaurants, and boutiques.
Don’t Miss Special Days
This year’s Hampton Classic will host special days starting with The
Manhattan Mortgage Company’s Opening Day and The World Of The Horse™,
presented by Distinction Magazine & L.I. Parents and Children. The special
World of the Horse™ Opening Day ceremonies will take place in the Grand Prix
Ring immediately following the Leadline Classes held for riders under the
age of 8. The ceremonies feature an educational parade and demonstrations
of various horse breeds.
Thursday at the Hampton Classic is Seniors Day, presented by 50 Plus Senior
News, the greater New York monthly devoted to the area’s half-million senior
residents. Senior Citizens will be admitted free to the Classic and can
enter the Classic’s free drawings for great prizes donated by Seniors Day
sponsors and many of the Classic’s other sponsors and boutique vendors.
Friday is Celebrity Cruises’ Fiesta Day, presented by Avis. Celebrity
Cruises’ Fiesta Day is the Hampton Classic’s salute to its Latino
participants and the growing Hispanic community on Long Island. A day
filled with fabulous food and great music, Fiesta Day will include special
riding demonstrations that pay tribute to the gaucho and charro traditions
of South and Central America and Mexico. In addition there will be a
special bilingual “Careers in the Horse Industry” booklet developed
especially for Fiesta Day. All children under 12 are admitted free and
there will be free pony rides for children and a variety of career day
exhibits from corporate sponsors wishing to publicize their commitment to
diversity in the workplace. The Hampton Classic’s second annual Special
Achievement Award will be given to a Hispanic individual who has made a
significant contribution to the horse industry.
Finally kids can look forward to Saturday’s CableVision Kids Day.
Cablevision’s Kids Day features The National Circus Project with performers
teaching kids the basics of juggling, magic and stilt walking. There are
many equine exhibitions and educational projects incorporating the animals
from the petting farm—llamas, alpacas and miniature horses. The Classic
Kids-Teaching-Kids program features hands-on pony care. Kids under 12 are
admitted free and receive a complimentary pony ride. There will be drawings
for prizes. Featured classes on Saturday for junior riders under the age of
18 include the $2,500 Children's Jumper Classic and the $2,500 Pony Hunter
Classic. The Grand Prix Ring main events are the $15,000 W.G.H.R.
Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic and the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix.
Competition runs from Sunday, August 25th to Sunday, September 1st, with a
break in competition on Monday August 26th. Admission is $5 per person or
$15 per carload, with children under 6 admitted free. Reserved grandstand
seating for Sunday, September 1st is $15 per person (in addition to
$5/person or $15/carload admission). Parking throughout the show is free.
For more information on the Hampton Classic be sure to visit the website at
The United States Equestrian Team is a non-profit organization that selects,
trains, equips and finances equestrians of the highest possible standard to
represent our country in major international competition, including the
Olympic Games and the World Championships. To accomplish this the USET seeks
out and nurtures the development of talented athletes - riders, drivers and
horses - and provides the support and guidance they need to help them attain
their fullest potential. For more information on the USET, please call
(908) 234-1251, or visit USET ONLINE at www.uset.org.