August 23, 2006
The end of the summer season on the East End is marked annually by one giant event: The Hampton Classic Horse Show.
Yes, the 31st equine extravaganza in Bridgehampton is poised to begin Sunday with traditional opening day festivities like the "World of the Horse" at noon, a tribute to all things horsey, and a parade of breeds including a rescued racehorse and Kiger Mustangs. Also, members of the Classic's Junior Committee will lead llamas, alpacas and Millstone Farm's miniature horses through the Grand Prix Ring. At 9 a.m. the first batch of diminutive (ages three to seven) leadline riders will fill the ring. About 100 of these youngest-of-all competitors will test out their own and their ponies' skills for several hours.
The $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge Open Jumper Speed Class will take place in the main arena later in the day. And don't forget about the shopping! The Classic's Boutique Garden will be filled with upscale retailers: Fendi, Hermes saddles and London Jewelers among many more.
The Hampton Classic will run from Sunday through September 3, and more than 70 corporate sponsors have signed on again this year, including Calvin Klein, Jaguar, Land Rover, David Yurman, Manhattan Mortgage Company, Prudential Financial Sotheby's International Realty and Wölffer Estate Vineyards.
For a full list of the horse show's events and schedule, go to hamptonclassic.com.