The 2016 Hampton Classic
The Hampton Classic has been around since the early 1900’s and is now one of the best known equestrian events in the US calendar. We take a look at where it started, and where it is today, as well as how you can enjoy your time there this year.
Founded back in the early 1900’s, and originally called the Southampton Horse Show, the Hampton Classic has more 75 years of history and tradition. After being revived in 1971 and taking place in Topping Riding Club in Sagaponack four times over the years, it was decided to expand it to the current five-day format and to relocate to a larger area to accommodate the larger crowds. The Dune Alpin Farm in East Hampton was chosen and in 1977, the Hampton Classic formally incorporated the Southampton Horse Show, and after battling through hurricanes, floods and more, is now one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the USA.
Throughout its long history it has played host to plenty of celebrities, from the likes of Jackie O through to Jon Bon Jovi today. But no matter what the era, the Hampton Classic retains that sense of true glamour and we want to help those heading to the Hampton Classic to arrive in true Hollywood style. We offer a selection of charters options, from short hops aboard helicopters, to super light and light jets, all allowing you to emulate those classic Hollywood icons of days gone by.
The Hampton Classic is a relaxed, outdoor event so the dress code is probably best summed up as "Country Casual". Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and the showgrounds are grass and there’s also some gravel walkways around. Also bring plenty of sunscreen as well as a hat, as there is little shade and all the grandstand seating is open to the elements. This also means should the weather appear a little iffy, do bring a waterproof, just in case. Recently it has become more popular to have fun wearing "fancy hats", on Grand Prix Sunday, but this is by no means a requirement, and just something other visitors have started to do for fun.
We’ve put together a brief list of what we think the top events are, day by day.
- Opening Day: $10,000 Marders Hunter Local Derby and the $30,000 Boar's Head Jumper Challenge presented by Dan's Papers
- Tuesday: $10,000 Great Southwest Equestrian Center Open Jumper Class
- Wednesday: $10,000 Wolffer Estate Open Jumper Class
- Thursday: $40,000 Sovaro Speed Class
- Friday: $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby presented by Sotheby's International Realty and $75,00 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier
- Saturday: $10,000 Bright Side Farm Equitation Championship and the $40,000 Longines Cup
- Grand Prix Sunday: $25,000 Campbell Stables Show Jumping Derby, $10,000 Hermes Hunter Classic and the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix
Why not charter to the Hampton Classic with Air Charter Service and enjoy this iconic event in style.