Hamptons Classic Horse Show draws affluent attendees11 Sep 2013 12:54 PM
For the 38th year, equestrian enthusiasts and socialites from New York state and across the country traveled to the Suffolk County hamlet of Bridgehampton to attend the Hamptons Classic Horse Show at the end of August. This annual event features a number of jumping and dressage competitions, and routinely draws famous personalities, industry authorities and owners of nearby luxury homes in the upscale Hamptons community.
The headlining contest that riders and breeders jockey for the opportunity to participate in is the Classic Grand Prix jumping competition, which awards the victor a $250,000 prize. This year, Kent Farrington, a 32-year-old resident of Wellington, Florida, took first place - defending the title he captured last year and becoming the fifth rider to win at consecutive events, according to The Sag Harbor Express.
He said that his win came as a surprise, as his trusted horse Voyeur was out of commission with a swollen ankle and he had to compete atop a nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood named Zafira.
"I thought that maybe my odds weren't as good with her as with Voyeur, but I thought she could do it," Farrington told the local news source after winning. "This was a big step up for her, and she answered the question."
?Aside from the thoroughbreds, the many celebrities in attendance garnered a substantial amount of attention during the event.
Movie stars and television personalities, as well as business leaders and politicians, all turned our for the annual horse show, including the likes of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, actress Sophia Vergara and model Christy Brinkley, according to the New York Post. Also in attendance were musicians Billy Joel and Jon Bon Jovi, broadcast journalist Matt Lauer, music producer L.A. Reid and actress Mary-Kate Olsen.
The plan for 2014
Next year's annual celebration is slated to take place August 24 to August 31. As the first stop in the East Coast World Cup League, riders hoping to reserve themselves a spot in the World Cup Finals look to this competition for a good start.
Those looking for a break from the equestrian action are able to enjoy the many luxurious beaches and high-end accommodations that are found in the area. For its many lavish offerings, the Hamptons real estate market is one of the strongest in the country, with many homes boasting multimillion-dollar price tags.