The Horses Are Coming


The end of August is upon us and that means two things, tourists galore walking Main Street and horses galore jumping and prancing in Bridgehampton.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the nation’s premier show jumping competitions, returns August 24 – 31. The Classic hosts exciting hunter/jumper competition from junior levels up to the pinnacle of the sport, grand prix show jumping and culminates with the $200,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier on Sunday afternoon, August 31.

In addition to the world-class equestrian competition, the horse show’s Cablevision’s Kids Day this Saturday will feature performances by members of the National Circus Project along with Alan the Magician and Ruby the Face Painter. Kids can also visit the animals in the petting zoo, Millstone Farm’s miniature horses, and Teade, Huey, and Rodger, the trick-performing horses in the Exhibition Tent.

“Kids Day is a great opportunity for families to visit the Hampton Classic—between the attractions going on in the Exhibition area for children as well as the variety of equestrian competitions being offered, there is sure to be something for everybody to enjoy!” said Executive Director of the Hampton Classic Shanette Barth Cohen.

The $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge and the WLIU 88.3 FM National Anthem Singing Contest will headline Manhattan Mortgage Company’s Opening Day activities this Sunday. The eight finalists in the WLIU Radio National Anthem Singing Contest will compete in a live “sing-off” for the right to perform the national anthem in the Grand Prix ring prior to the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge, the day’s feature jumping competition.

The sing-off is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

Opening Day also features hundreds of Long Island competitors, and is highlighted by the popular Leadline competition in the Grand Prix ring, where approximately 100 youngsters hold center stage in the morning.

Headlining Opening Day is the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge, a competition that debuted at the Classic in 2003, beginning at 1:00 p.m. More than thirty top show jumping riders and horses are expected to compete in the sixth annual running of this popular speed jumping class. Last year, 2004 Olympic Team Gold Medalist Peter Wylde won the class on Gael Force, a horse that he was riding for the first time.

Equestrians who compete in the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities once again have the opportunity to compete at The Hampton Classic Horse Show on Monday.

For more information on the Hampton Classic visit