Where to Bid a "Classic" Goodbye to Summer

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.

On course at the Hampton Classic
On course at the Hampton Classic
Hats are adorned with feathers and flourishes. The bigger the hat, the better.
Hats are adorned with feathers and flourishes. The bigger the hat, the better.
Fancy hats are popular
Fancy hats are popular
Hampton Classic Communications Officer Martin Bauman wears fancy fedoras
Hampton Classic Communications Officer Martin Bauman wears fancy fedoras
Another fedora and blossom lapel
Another fedora and blossom lapel
Mayor Bloomberg's dapper grandson Jasper
Mayor Bloomberg's dapper grandson Jasper

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.

Ringmaster Alan Keeley greets Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor at the Sunday luncheon.  
Ringmaster Alan Keeley greets Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor at the Sunday luncheon.  
Kelly Klein is Secretary of the Hampton Classic Board of Directors
Kelly Klein is Secretary of the Hampton Classic Board of Directors

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. 

Riders competed on a course designed by Alan Wade
Riders competed on a course designed by Alan Wade
Georgina Bloomberg competed on Lily
Georgina Bloomberg competed on Lily

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.

Tables in the VIP tent overlook the riding rings
Tables in the VIP tent overlook the riding rings
Table by Hermes featured Birkin bags and bright orange shopping bags
Table by Hermes featured Birkin bags and bright orange shopping bags
HC&G awarded First Place to table by Campbell Stables decorated with horses and apples
HC&G awarded First Place to table by Campbell Stables decorated with horses and apples
Profusion of blue table by Bridgehampton Florist won Second Place
Profusion of blue table by Bridgehampton Florist won Second Place
Firefly Farm table with cheese and win received HC&G's Third Place
Firefly Farm table with cheese and win received HC&G's Third Place
The shoe shop booth of Katharine Page, designed by her husband, won First Place Boutique
The shoe shop booth of Katharine Page, designed by her husband, won First Place Boutique

Additional off-ring attractions offer plenty of options for passing a pleasant outdoor afternoon. 

Shopping in the Boutique Garden is a tempting attraction 
Shopping in the Boutique Garden is a tempting attraction 
Merchandise in almost 80 booths varies from saddles and tack to clothing and accessories
Merchandise in almost 80 booths varies from saddles and tack to clothing and accessories
Food booths provide a profusion of snacks
Food booths provide a profusion of snacks
Gym sets, cookie decorating, skits, a petting zoo, and pony rides entertain the youngsters 
Gym sets, cookie decorating, skits, a petting zoo, and pony rides entertain the youngsters 
Pony rides may be the first step launching Classic careers.
Pony rides may be the first step launching Classic careers.
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