The Hampton Classic Horse Show, Hamptons

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When: Sunday, August 27 - Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hot Spot: Bridgehampton, NY

Deets: As one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, and a premier destination for horse people, the Classic is a much-anticipated stop on the summer tour. Now well into its third successful decade, The Hampton Classic Horse Show is in a class all its own, both in the minds of spectators and horse people alike. 

In 2009, the Hampton Classic became only the second horse show ever to receive the status of Heritage Competition by the United States Equestrian Federation. This prestigious status is reserved for competitions that have been in existence for at least 25 years and have provided for their communities as well as the horse community as a whole in an unprecedented fashion. 

The Hampton Classic is proud to play host to the year-end finals of the very popular Young Jumper Championships, where 5, 6, and 7 & 8 year-old horses compete in their respective divisions after qualifying in a year-long, very competitive points race for their top prize of the season.

As the first U.S. stop in the East Coast World Cup League, the quest for those coveted spots on the World Cup Finals squad kicks off here. At the Classic, you will see some of the top jumper riders from around the world, coming to compete for some of the richest prize money offered in this country. 

There is also no shortage of stiff competition in the Hunter Divisions. In the four classic grass rings you will find all skill levels competing, from smallest of ponies to the most seasoned professional riders. The final weekend’s Hunter Classics bring out the best of the best.

Opening Sunday, on the beautiful grass of the Grand Prix Ring, you will find probably the tensest competition all week, the infamous Hampton Classic Leadline. Dozens upon dozens of ponies parade their riders, judged by Olympic Gold medalist Joe Fargis, while their proud parents and grandparents watch nervously from the V.I.P. tents.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show is always a grand way to end the summer. Held in high regard by the horse community, famous for its Hamptons Celebrity sightings, and second to none in high end shopping boutiques, it earns its nickname The Classic.

Who You May Spot: Horse lovers and spectators

Hint For The Average Socialite: Tickets will be available in June for purchase. If you would like to volunteer at The Classic, please complete these forms.

Amex Invitation Only Members: 

Event of interest in Bridgehampton, NY: Join us September 3, 2017 at one of the most anticipated and largest horse shows in the United States, The Hampton Classic® 2017, on Grand Prix Sunday where you will see some of the top jumper riders from around the world compete for the some of the richest prize money offered at premier equestrian competitions.

• Take in Grand Prix Sunday from a private Chalet where guests will enjoy complimentary refreshments and catered lunch
• Access to VIP entrance and Grand Prix tent where guests can mix and mingle with influencers and celebrities
• Go behind-the-scenes of The Hampton Classic® with a VIP tour of the barns and stables
• Get close to the action with a course walk
• Meet and Greet with Grand Prix jumper riders in the private Chalet
Limited Availability. To purchase: Call 800-321-7787 and use your eligible American Express® Card. $500/person.

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