The Hampton Classic: A Story of Resilience and Paying Forward

The Hampton Classic: A Story of Resilience and Paying Forward

August 31, 2018


“NYC’s playground seems to change almost as much as the city itself.”
The Hampton’s Guide, by GOOP

While the shops, restaurants, workout studio are constantly changing at one of the world’s most renowned summer destinations for the privileged, one event remains a mainstay: The Hampton Classic. 

Resilience bests describes this iconic horse show that dates back to Southampton in the early 1900’s.  Wars change in the popularity and the loss of influencers of equestrian sport in Southampton and the closing of the original stabling are just a few events that forced the event’s cancellation on multiple occasions during the 20thcentury. In 1971, the seeds of the Hampton Classic Horse Show were planted and with careful cultivation and guidance, it has become a mainstay as the concluding event of the summer season for both New York society and the highest echelon of the East Coast hunter/jumper circuit.

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Hampton Classic Pays it Forward: Since 1977, the Hampton Classic has made annual financial contributions totaling more than one-and-three-quarter million dollars to its official community partner, Southampton Hospital. The Classic also supports many other non-profit organizations and equestrian related charities such as ASPCA, JustWorld International, Sag Harbor Food Pantry, the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities and the Bridgehampton Fire Department. The Hampton Classic is an event with a deep economic impact on the local community.

Jump For Charity: 10 charities are chosen that have a direct connection to either our Hamptons community or our equestrian community. Charities are randomly paired up with team captains and riders who compete against each other. 100% of the monies collected go to the winning charities. 

Flowery Designs: Those decorations around the grounds are the creation of many local florists and nurserymen, guided by the show's Flower Committee, headed by Agneta Currey. These volunteers oversee and decorate jumps in our main ring, entrances to each of the show rings and VIP seating areas and other public areas of the grounds.

Sag Harbor Food Pantry Drive: This year, on Aug. 26 and 27, any spectator that presented three or more nonperishable items at the entrance gate of the event was granted free admission. Items donated to the drive will go to the local Sag Harbor Food Pantry.

The Annual Poster: Over the years the annual Hampton Classic Poster has become a collectors' item, with lots of time taken each year to showcase another aspect of equestrian art while maintaining a connection to the Hampton Classic itself


Each day live streaming is available covering the Anne Spinall Hunter Ring presented by ShowNet and the Grand Prix Ring presented by Longines.

The highlight of the Hampton Classic is Grand Prix Sunday.  The first grand prix at the Hampton Classic was offered in 1977 and had a purse of $10,000.  The $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Bridgehampton FEI (CSI****) begins at 1 pm EST this Sunday, Sept. 2.

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