Hampton Classic Horse Show Offers Wide Variety of Special Events
NYAugust 27, 2003The 28th annual Hampton Classic Horse
Show features numerous special events for all members of the community.
opening in spectacular style on Sunday, August 24, with Manhattan
Mortgage Companys Opening Day, presented by Distinction Magazine,
the horse show grounds in Bridgehampton, New York, are alive with
activity. The Hampton Classic is gearing up for a fun-filled week
with features the whole family is sure to enjoy.
August 28 is Seniors Day, Presented by 50 Plus Senior News. Senior
Citizens 60 years of age or older will be admitted free and can
enjoy a number of special activities presented just for the horse
shows senior visitors, including health awareness programs.
The day wraps up with the popular Evening of Shopping
in the Boutique Garden from 5 to 7 p.m.
third annual Fiesta Day, Presented by Hoy, gets underway on Friday,
August 29, and is a one-day event intended as a tribute to the Greater
New York Hispanic and Latino community. Over thirty diplomats representing
Latin America will be present at the Hampton Classic Horse Show
in addition to numerous Hispanic civic leaders. One Hispanic individual
who has contributed to the horse industry in the United States will
also be honored with the 2003 Outstanding Hispanic Horseman Award.
variety of entertainers will perform including Apryl Cadabra, the
childrens ballet Mexico Lindo, and the Traveling Hispanic
Theater. Latin Music sensations Felix Andino, Raices Del Viento,
Pepe Castillo and the Caribbean Tropical Trio, Punto Y Coma, and
Willie Santana will all showcase their unique musical abilities.
In addition, traditional cuisine from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia
and Cuba can be sampled.
will also be featured in the new Mercado at the Classic with Latino-owned
vendor booths offering arts, crafts, fashion, and other items for
sale. For those who miss Fiesta Day, the Mercado will be open Thursday
August 30, brings the Hampton Classics Eighth Annual Cablevisions
Kids Day. Youngsters can spend time at the World of the Horse
Exhibition Tent and Show Yard area right behind the main Grandstands.
Exhibits include Llamaland (with goats and alpacas,
too), Millstone Farm's Miniature Horses, several unusual breeds
of horses, and the Kids-Teaching-Kids Pony Care Program. Children
can enjoy a pony ride while the Double-Bar-D petting zoo will also
be on hand to introduce kids to the formerly abandoned creatures
that they have lovingly rescued.
National Circus Project will also entertain with face painting,
balloon sculpting, plate spinning, juggling, stilt walkers, and
Alcazar the Magician. Many other special features are planned, making
Cablevisions Kids Day one day the family will not want to
Hampton Classic Horse Show culminates in Super Sunday
on August 31. Amid the flurry of social action, the $150,000 Prudential
Financial Grand Prix takes center stage at 2 p.m. in the grand prix
ring. The United States Equestrian Team, recent winners of the gold
medal at the 2003 Pan American Games, will be recognized in a special
ceremony before the show jumping action gets underway.
year the Hampton Classic Horse Show attracts more than 50,000 spectators
and celebrities to watch the countrys best horses and riders
compete. There simply is no other competition that brings together
the thrill and prestige of the hunter-jumper horse show circuit
with so many thousands of spectators, extravagant social events
and celebrities, all surrounded by the beaches and elegant villages
of Long Islands summer playground The Hamptons.
show rings, plus vendors, restaurants, and the childrens area
are operating throughout the week. Admission is $5 per person or
$15 per carload, with children under 6 admitted free. Reserved grandstand
seating for Grand Prix Sunday, August 31, is $15 per person (in
addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission) or $25 per person
in the special Premium Seating center sections. Parking is free
throughout the show week.