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The Hampton Classic Announces “An Evening of Shopping”

Music, Food and Shopping in the Boutique Garden

Bridgehampton, NY—July 25, 2002—The Hampton Classic is proud to announce “An Evening of Shopping”, to take place Thursday, August 29 from 5:00 -7:00 pm.

Every year more than four dozen vendors set up shop at the Boutique Garden at the Hampton Classic which returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 25-September 1, to sell their wares throughout the course of Long Island’s premier week-long equestrian event. For seven days, visitors to the Classic can browse and shop for everything from jewelry to art to equestrian supplies and leather goods.

For one special night, the forty-six vendors at the Boutique Garden will keep their doors open a little late to provide visitors the opportunity to spend the evening on the Classic’s beautiful showgrounds browsing through boutiques that offer exquisite shopping opportunities while at the same time enjoying music by the Jim Turner band plus free hors d’oeuvres, wine and other beverages.

“We feel that by keeping the Boutique Garden open late one night competitors, trainers, and all those busy with the horse show during the day will have a chance to shop at the Classic’s top quality boutiques in the evening after they have finished all their horse show duties,” said Tony Hitchcock, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic.

The Boutique Garden offers a wide range of goods, from souvenir Hampton Classic t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, jackets, and posters to this year’s showcased hand made one-of-a-kind furniture and leather goods to antiques, fine jewelry, boots and shoes, gifts from all over the world, and fashion apparel. Vendors at this year’s Hampton Classic include:

The Annyx At Havens House, Ltd. AT&T Wireless Aussie Shop USA Bombardier FlexJet Brennan’s Bit & Bridle Briar Hill Signworks Clever Carriage Company Der Dau Custom Made Boots & Shoes Cyndy Love Designs Claudia Dunn Photography Eclectic Design Emilio Clothier & Specialty Shop Ltd Faith Designs Fox Run Ltd.
Freymann Enterprises, Inc. Hampton Classic Kids Hampton Classic Poster Booth Hampton Classic Souvenir Booth Hampton Conservatories Hampton Soapworks IZ New York Jaguar Kaufold’s Country Sheds & Gazebos Land Rover Lucho-Dog Apparel Marders Nursery Kathryn Dudek Photo Exhibit Monkey Business Native Accents Gallery Connie Deussen Oshrin PJ Huntsman & Company Penny Whistle Toys, Inc.
Petography, Inc. Pinnell Custom Leather Sandor Fine Animal Portraits Silverado Jewelry Southampton Hospital Traceu Tooker, Inc. Triple Crown Custom Victoria’s Mother Vogel Boots & Shoes Wolffer Estate David Gregory

After a busy day of competition or a relaxing day at one of the Hamptons’ nationally renowned beaches, “An Evening of Shopping” offers vacationers the perfect ending to a perfect day. “Not only can equestrian enthusiasts and those involved with the competition enjoy the boutiques, but visitors and vacationers of the Hamptons will also take pleasure in the high-quality boutiques,” Hitchcock noted.

As the sun fades out over the showgrounds and the summer of 2002 starts to slip away, an Evening of Shopping is the perfect way to take some time off to relax and savor the last days of summer. One can enjoy the elegant horse show atmosphere, the company of friends, as well as the vendors and all the exquisite wares they have to offer as they showcase their goods throughout the evening.

The famed Jim Turner Band will perform throughout “An Evening of Shopping.” Jim Turner is a highly versatile performer who has assembled some of the finest musicians in the Hamptons in his group. One East End newspaper has called him “an ecletic original…a musician who is aware of the theater of performance.”

There will be no admission charge to enter the showgrounds for “An Evening of Shopping” after the day’s competition has been completed and there is never any charge for parking.

The 27th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, which benefits the Southampton Hospital, is a showcase for hunter/jumper competition from junior levels up to the pinnacle of the sport—grand prix show jumping—and culminates with the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix on Grand Prix Sunday, September 1.


The Third Annual Seniors Day, presented by 50 Plus Senior News, will take place on Thursday, August 29. Senior Citizens, admitted free on Seniors Day, can watch show jumping, shop, dine, and explore the Exhibition Horse area where miniature horses, llamas, alpacas, and the show’s special horse acts are stabled. Pony rides for grandchildren will be available for a modest additional charge.

Horse show officials have expanded the show’s community-centered salute to the growing Hispanic community on Long Island—Fiesta Day, presented by Avis. Fiesta Day, Friday, August 30, will include Hispanic food, music, and dancing in tribute to diversity in work and play. Fiesta Day celebrates the culture and traditions of more than 23 Spanish-speaking countries and regions worldwide.

The seventh annual Cablevision Kids Day, Saturday, August 31, promises to be the best ever. Along with the fun of face painting, balloon sculpting, and a magician, the day will feature hands-on circus acts with the National Circus Project, free pony rides, and grooming lessons. A visit to the petting zoo is included in the fun, along with chances to win some great prizes.

Other Featured show jumping events during the Hampton Classic include the $15,000 W.G.H.R. Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix, the $30,000 Adequan Grand Prix, the $50,000 Eastern Finals of the Young Jumper Championships, and the $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby for riders under the age of 21.

The weeklong competition, from Opening Day, August 25, until the Grand Prix competition, September 1, also features social activities, special events, demonstrations, and exhibitions for all who participate or attend. Five show rings, three restaurants, and the children’s area will be operating throughout the week. Admission is $5 per person or $15 per carload per day, with children under 6 admitted free. Reserved grandstand seating for Sunday, September 1, is $15 per person (in addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission) or $25 per person for premium front-three-rows seating. Parking throughout the show is free.

For more information about the Hampton Classic be sure to visit the show’s website at


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