There are tons of things that we look forward to in the Summer – spending time with family and friends partaking in outdoor activities such as festivals, concerts, and so much more. If you are fan of investing time out in the famous Hamptons then clearly the Hampton Classic is an event worth attending.
The fun runs from August 25 through September 1 and within those six days there are a lot of things simultaneously occurring to make the journey out East worth the trip- aside from visiting the vineyards. The daily horse competitions are a sight to see and are effectively organized to highlight all categories including Show jumping, Hunters and Equitation.
Show jumping is basically what makes up the bulk of the Hampton Classic. Jumpers are judged on how well and quickly the horses adjust and respond to obstacles. These range from the height of the jump bars and the transition in between preparing for the next jump.
This category is highlighted on the last day of the competition and features Olympic and World Cup equestrians -making it the main event terminating the FTI Grand Prix- worth $250,000.
These range from the height of the jump bars and the transition in between preparing for the next jump. This category is highlighted on the last day of the competition and features Olympic and World Cup equestrians.
Hunters are judged on the strategy on approaching obstacles but also included within that category are manners, style, athleticism, and pace. This part of the Classic happens on Opening Day and the lucky winner walks away with $50,000 – not bad at all. Last but not least is the Equitation category. This is very different from the other sections mentioned earlier because the rider – not the horse is on the spotlight for the judges. The rider must demonstrate proper smooth and efficient management of their horse. This is the typical discipline that jump-starts the career for future equestrians.
We would like to congratulate all participants and send a big round of applause to the following winners:
Kent Farrington: $250,000 FTI Grand Prix
Katherine Strauss – Shalano Award
Richie Maloney – $40,000 Longines Cup
McLain Ward – $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier
Philip Richter $5,000 Jumper Championship
Lillie Keenan – Equitation
Erica Ferrrera – Grand Champion Children’s Hunter.
In case you missed the opportunity to attend the Classic in 2013, try to make it a point to attend this event in the prospective future. Trust this will be an unforgettable and fun experience for everyone in the family. If you are lucky enough there is a chance to rub elbows with celebrities such as Sophia Vergara, Matt Lauer and Jon Bon Jovi – examples of attendees who were part of this year’s roster.
By: Laura M. Artis