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Hampton Classic Offers Lifestyle ‘Under Glass’
Hampton Conservatories Will Add Gracious Touch to 2002 Show Grounds

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY—August 12, 2002—The Hampton Classic Horse Show will install two glass conservatories from Hampton Conservatories, LLC. The Long Island company, based in the Village of Huntington, will place one of the imported Irish conservatories in the show’s Boutique Garden and one at the main entrance to the Grand Prix tent. The two structures will sparkle like jewels on the Hampton Classic show grounds, looking as though they had been plucked from an Irish country property or a Hamptons estate.

The two conservatories will be on view throughout the week of the 2002 Hampton Classic, August 25 – September 1. One of the conservatories is made of glass and wood, while the other is made of glass, aluminum and UPVC.

“The conservatory that is the grand entrance to the Grand Prix tent is designed in the Georgian style,” said Paul Avis, the architectural design consultant for Hampton Conservatories.

. “This 24-foot-square conservatory will feature a decorative lantern with colored glass, with windows and doors in a traditional leaded pattern. The inside will be finished with a light oak, and furnishings will include willow, wrought iron and wire work."

The smaller conservatory gracing the Boutique Garden will be in a Victorian style. This 17-foot-by-14-foot conservatory, built of glass and mahogany, features decorative gothic windows.

Both conservatories were manufactured in North Ireland and will be moved to clients’ homes on Long Island following the horse show, Avis said.

In addition to furnishings, the conservatories will be surrounded by beautiful, natural landscapes. The conservatories, the furnishings and the landscaped gardens are sponsored by Hampton Conservatories, LLC., Ireland Gannon and Associates, and Martin Viette Nurseries.

The conservatories are examples of what one can achieve on his or her own property. "We’re very excited about it," Avis said. "We visited the show last year and decided that a showcase of what we offer would be a very nice complement to the Hampton Classic."

Riders and spectators alike will enjoy the ambiance, according to Avis. "Conservatories are designed and created with lots of glass to allow the full enjoyment of being closer to nature, 365 days a year."

“The conservatories will be a fitting addition to our 27th annual horse show,” said Tony Hitchcock, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. "Each year, we strive to offer something new and different. That’s our tradition, along with attracting the finest equestrians to compete in the pinnacle of the sport -- grand prix show jumping."

The Hampton Classic Horse Show, held to benefit the Southampton Hospital, features the exciting $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix on Sunday, September 1, 2002. As always at the Classic, many of the world’s best equestrians will be competing on some of the nation’s finest horses.


Third Annual Seniors Day, Thursday, August 29: Senior citizens will be admitted free on Seniors Day, Thursday, Aug. 29, presented by 50 Plus Senior News. Festivities include “An Evening of Shopping” from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Boutiques Garden. The Evening of Shopping is a new addition to the Classic this year and promises to be a real hit!

Fiesta Day, Friday August 30: A tribute to Long Island’s growing Hispanic community, Fiesta Day presented by Avis celebrates the culture and traditions of more than 23 Spanish-speaking countries and regions worldwide. Hispanic food, music, and dancing will be highlighted as a tribute to diversity in work and play. A new bilingual horse coloring book will be given to all children under 12, along with a box of crayons, so kids can color on the spot!

Cablevision’s Kids Day, Saturday, August 31: Sure to delight kids of all ages, Cablevision’s Kids Day will feature the National Circus Project, an opportunity for youngsters to try out their circus skills. The day also includes face painting, balloon sculpting, pony rides, and magic acts. A visit to the petting zoo is included in the fun, along with the chance to win some great prizes. Kids can even brush up on their horse grooming skills.

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 week-long competition runs from Sunday, August 25 through Sunday, September 1, with a break in competition on Monday, August 26. 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-row seating. Parking throughout the show is free.

In addition to the competition taking place each day simultaneously in five rings, spectators will be treated to a variety of other exciting exhibits, including the Boutique Garden’s 36 vendor booths, Stable Row’s 20 booths, three on-site public restaurants, and an Exhibition Horse/Children’s area open throughout the week.


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