Winding up the Season at THE Horse Show in the Hamptons
If it’s the end of summer it means it’s time for a trip to Bridgehampton to attend the locale’s iconic end-of-season event, the Hampton Classic Horse Show. The week-long series of equestrian competitions culminates on the Sunday before Labor Day when riders vie in the Hampton Classic Grand Prix. This year, after a week of perfect weather the winds of Hermine were threatening, but spectators, many outfitted in hats and finery, assembled to watch the events― as well as to shop, eat, and socialize.
Earlier in the week Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Matt Lauer were among celebrity family members and supporters who showed up to cheer on equestrian daughters. Attending Sunday were Mayor Michael Bloomberg and author Kelly Klein.
After a semi-finalist from “The Voice” sang the star spangled banner, horses and riders trotted out to execute jumps and leaps on the obstacle course. Olympic medalists were among the competitors saddled up on horses with fanciful names: Hocus Pocus, Analyze This, Quister de Guldenboom. But it was Carrabis C with Richie Moloney atop taking home the $300,000 top prize.
It wasn’t just riders who were rewarded with ribbons. Elaborately decorated table settings in the VIP guest tent are judged by designers from Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Magazine. And a prize is awarded to the most creative shopping booth.
Additional off-ring attractions offer plenty of options for passing a pleasant outdoor afternoon.