World's Best Horses and Riders to Compete at Hampton Classic Horse Show
RELEASE: August 20, 2009
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Classic Communications
Defending FTI Grand Prix champion Hillary Dobbs heads an impressive list of riders entered in this year's 34th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. The Hampton Classic Horse Show, a nationally renowned premiere equestrian competition, returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 23-30, featuring hunter, equitation, and world-class show jumping competition. The Classic hosts exciting hunter/jumper competition from junior levels up to the pinnacle of the sport, grand prix show jumping, culminating with the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday afternoon, August 30.
Some of the world's best riders are entered to compete at this year's Hampton Classic, including all four of the riders on the United States' 2004 Gold-medal Olympic Team—Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, Peter Wylde and Chris Kappler. Madden and Ward also represented the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, leading the U.S. to another Team Gold medal. Kappler and Madden also won Individual medals, with Kappler taking Silver in 2004 and Madden winning the Bronze in 2008.
Other Olympic veterans expected at this year's Hampton Classic include 1996 Olympic Team Silver medalist Peter Leone; 1992 Individual Bronze Medalist Norman Dello Joio; 1984 double-Gold medalist Joe Fargis; and Nona Garson, a member of the U.S.'s 2000 Sydney Olympic Team.
Last year's Hampton Classic Grand Prix Champion, Hillary Dobbs, is entered and expected to be in top form as she tries to defend her title in the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier. Other riders who have won the Classic's Grand Prix who are entered this year include Ireland's Darragh Kerins (2004), Jeffrey Welles (1992 and 1994), Fargis (1991 and 2005), Madden (1993) and Ward (1998, 1999 and 2003).
"We are very excited about the riders we have coming to this year's Hampton Classic and have a sense of great anticipation for this year's competition," said Hampton Classic Executive Director Shanette Barth Cohen. "Thanks to the incredible support of our grand prix title sponsor, FTI, we now offer one of the richest purses in all of show jumping, and we can guarantee a level of competition that all our spectators are sure to find exciting!"
The Hampton Classic Horse Show kicks off with Opening Day on Sunday, August 23. Opening Day features hundreds of Long Island competitors, and is highlighted by the popular Leadline competition in the grand prix ring, where 100 youngsters under the age of eight hold center stage in the morning before giving way to the Opening Day activities at noon.
Activities include driver Robin Foster and a dog agility exhibition hosted by the ASPCA featuring SNAPDOGS and celebrities. The winner of the third annual WLIU 88.3 Radio National Anthem Singing Contest will sing the anthem prior to the fast-paced $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge, an open jumper competition that has been featured at the Classic since 2003.
Other highlights during the week include:
• Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities Finals on Monday, August 24
• $10,000 Wölffer Estate Equitation Championship on Thursday, August 27 (Phase I), and
Saturday, August 29 (Phase II)
• $15,000 Arcadia Aviation Speed Derby on Friday, August 28
• $50,000 Spy Coast Farm Grand Prix Qualifier on Friday, August 28
• $30,000 FENDI Cup on Saturday, August 29
• $25,000 Carolex Show Jumping Derby on Sunday, August 30
Those unable to attend the Hampton Classic will have ample opportunity to see it on television. WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, will broadcast up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv
The Classic will also receive extensive coverage on WLIU 88.3 FM, the official radio station of the Hampton