By Falon Moran | August 26, 2016 | Lifestyle
Now in its 41st year, the Hampton Classic is still finding new ways to give back.
Lucy Deslauriers and Hester won the $25,000 Campbell Stables Show Jumping Derby at last year’s Hampton Classic.
The Hampton Classic is not just the grand finale to summer out East; it’s also far and away the most eagerly anticipated event of the year, both for passionate fans of equestrian sports and for those who simply enjoy a festive celebration.
Now marking its 41st anniversary, the week-long event offers spectators the opportunity to watch world-class show jumping competitions in six rings, shop more than 80 boutiques, and savor a wide variety of dining options, including a farmers market.
New this year, the Hampton Classic has partnered with NoelleFloyd.com, a resource for news and information about the world of international show jumping, to create Jump for Charity, in which 10 leading riders, including McLain Ward and Georgina Bloomberg, will compete.
Each has selected a charity, such as the ASPCA Equine Fund and Southampton Hospital’s Tick- Borne Disease Resource Center, and the rider who places highest in the Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier will earn the proceeds from Jump for Charity’s sale of signed baseball hats for his or her organization.
“The team creates an event that’s not only great for riders, but great for the horses and great for the spectators,” says Noelle Floyd. “I think anything the equestrian community can do to give back to charities around the world that work to better the lives of others is an unbelievably worthwhile thing to be a part of.” The Hampton Classic takes place August 28–September 4 at 240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, 537-3177
photography by Shawn McMillen