Hampton Classic to Host $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship

By Marty Bauman for Classic Communications

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Bridgehampton, NY – June 10, 2015 – The Hampton Classic Horse Show will host the $10,000 Sam Edelman Equitation Championship in the Classic’s famed Grand Prix Ring on Saturday, August 29. In recent years, the Championship was held on Thursday, and this year’s move to Saturday will put the nation’s leading equitation riders on center stage in front of a large weekend crowd.

“The Sam Edelman Equitation Championship has always been a special class,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. “We feel that it deserves a prominent place on our schedule and we believe that this move to Saturday will be well received all around.”

The Sam Edelman Equitation Championship’s format requires riders to negotiate two rounds, over two different jumper courses, in the Classic’s sprawling Grand Prix Ring. The order of go in the second round is in inverse order of standing after Round One. Riders are judged subjectively as they compete over courses of 12-14 jumps.

“This class is different from all the other equitation championships because of the two rounds and the big ring,” said Michael Hughes who won the championship last year. “To have won the class means an awful lot to me.”

The Hampton Classic, the prestigious culminating event of the famed Hamptons’ summer season on Long Island, returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 23-30, for its 40th year of world-class equestrian competition. Many of the world’s top jumper and hunter riders come from across the country and beyond to compete for their share of some of the richest prize money in the nation.

The Hampton Classic features six show rings, a Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options and a Farmer’s Market, all on its 60-acre show grounds. With its top competition and pristine setting, The Hampton Classic is not just a place to see, it’s also a place to be seen. Just in the last two years, A-list celebrities such as Jerry Seinfeld, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi, Matt Lauer, Kelly Ripa, Julianne Moore, Sofia Vergara and Mary-Kate Olsen have been spotted enjoying the competition from the sidelines.

The Hampton Classic hosts more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities. A wide range of hunter, jumper and equitation classes are offered from leadline classes all the way up to the grand prix level. The Classic also has classes for riders with disabilities. The Classic culminates on Sunday, August 30, “Grand Prix Sunday,” with an impressive schedule of classes including three finals – the $30,000 7-Year-Old Young Jumper Championship Finals, the $25,000 Campbell Stables Show Jumping Derby, and the $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix – in the Grand Prix Ring, as well as the $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic in the Anne Aspinall Ring.

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, a complimentary live webcast of all Grand Prix ring classes will air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ShowNet and courtesy of LONGINES, the official timekeeper of the Hampton Classic. In addition, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line atwww.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic’s other classes will also be available on ShowNet.biz.

Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website atwww.hamptonclassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.