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Aug 15

The Heinemann Family: Opening Day of the 40th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show

Jon Heinemann, Hudson Cornelius Heinemann, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Paul Mayne, Hyacinth Cornelia Heinemann, Julie Stevenson. The Heinemann Family proudly supports The Hampton Classic

Jon Heinemann, Hudson Cornelius Heinemann, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Paul Mayne, Hyacinth Cornelia Heinemann, Julie Stevenson. The Heinemann Family proudly supports The Hampton Classic

As one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States and a premier destination for horse people, the Classic is a much-anticipated stop on the summer tour. Now well into its third successful decade, The Hampton Classic Horse Show is in a class all its own, both in the minds of spectators and horse people alike.

In 2009, the Hampton Classic became only the second horse show ever to receive the status of Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation.  This prestigious status is reserved for competitions that have been in existence for at least 25 years and have provided for their communities as well as the horse community as a whole in an unprecedented fashion.

The Hampton Classic is proud to play host to the year-end finals of the very popular Young Jumper Championships, where 5, 6, and 7 & 8 year-old horses compete in their respective divisions after qualifying in a year-long, very competitive points race for their top prize of the season. At the Classic, you will see some of the top jumper riders from around the world, coming to compete for some of the richest prize money offered in this country.

Liz Soroka photo

Liz Soroka photo

There is also no shortage of stiff competition in the Hunter Divisions. In the four classic grass rings you will find all skill levels competing, from smallest of ponies to the most seasoned professional riders.  The final weekend’s Hunter Classics bring out the best of the best.

Michelle-Marie Heinemann and Hyacinth Cornelia Heinemann competing in the lead line division at The Hampton Classic - 2015

Michelle-Marie Heinemann and Hyacinth Cornelia Heinemann competing in the lead line division at The Hampton Classic – 2015

 

Opening Sunday, on the beautiful grass of the Grand Prix Ring, you will find probably the tensest competition all week, the famous Hampton Lead Line.  Dozens upon dozens of ponies parade their riders, judged by Olympic Gold medalist Joe Fargis, while their proud parents and grandparents watch nervously from the V.I.P. tents.
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The Hampton Classic Horse Show is always a grand way to end the summer. Held in high regard by the horse community, famous for its Hamptons Celebrity sightings, and second to none in high end shopping boutiques, it earns its nickname The Classic.

 

WHERE:  Bridgehampton, NY (off Montauk Highway, Route 27 at 240 Snake Hollow Road), 65-acre showgrounds.

Located near some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast, amidst the fashionable Hamptons summer scene.

Hampton Classic: Hudson Heinemann

Hampton Classic: Hudson Heinemann

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