Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hamptons Classic Horse Show update: Best ever

 Extensive Broadcast Coverage Planned For Hampton Classic Horse Show



USEF Network and HRTV to Webcast $50,000 USHJA Hunter Derby and $250,000 FTI Grand Prix
WVVH-TV and ShowNet.com to Present Live Coverage Each Day

Bridgehampton, NY—August 22, 2012—For those who can’t make it to the 2012 Hampton Classic to see its world-class horse show competition in person, there will be extensive opportunities to watch the excitement of this year’s horse show on television and online.
The 37th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 26–September 2.  Those wishing to watch competition will be able to do so through several outlets.

  • WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, will broadcast live competition and highlights each day during the Classic.  These broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv.
  • ShowNet will webcast all classes held in the Grand Prix Ring live throughout the entire horse show.  Access to this pay-per-view stream may be found on the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com, or via ShowNet membership at www.ShowNet.biz.  In addition, most of the Classic’s jumper and hunter classes from all other rings will also be available, many live, through ShowNet at www.ShowNet.biz.
  • Two additional outlets, the USEF Network.com, Presented by SmartPak, and HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will both offer free live webcasts of the Classic’s featured events on its two Sundays—the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, on Sunday, August 26 and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 2.

            “We are thrilled to announce expanded broadcast coverage of this year’s Hampton Classic,” said Shanette Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. “In addition to our traditional coverage on WVVH-TV, we will have most classes from all our show rings available online through ShowNet plus two featured live class webcasts on both the USEF Network and HRTV.  Access to Hampton Classic competition has never been greater!”
For those who want to watch all the excitement of Opening Day’s $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and Grand Prix Sunday’s $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, the USEF Network, Presented by SmartPak, and HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, will be featuring these events as part of their equestrian coverage.  The Hunter Derby on Sunday, August 26 at 1:30 pm, features some of the nation’s best hunter horses and riders and the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix on Sunday, September 2 at 2:00 pm, features some of the world’s best show jumping horses and riders including riders just back from the London Olympic Games.
In addition to providing online coverage of most of the classes in the Classic’s six show rings, ShowNet will be providing the camera shots and video coverage for the Hunter Derby and Grand Prix webcasts on USEF Network.com and HRTV.
ShowNet LLC provides real-time equestrian event management, updates and results as well as live video webcasts of competition at several horse shows throughout the year.  Information on all of ShowNet’s services is available at www.ShowNet.biz.
WVVH-TV, a broadcast partner of the Hampton Classic Horse Show since 1996, will provide live television coverage daily from 1:00-5:00 pm.  Nightly specials will recap each day’s activities from 8:00-10:00 pm.  The WVVH broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv.
WVVH-TV will be providing a total of over 40 hours of coverage including live coverage of the Grand Prix with a repeat broadcast primetime that evening.  WVVH-TV will again activate its permanent Lightpath fiber optic link between the Bridgehampton Hampton Classic Show Grounds and the WVVH-TV studios in Wainscott, New York to bring the excitement of the Hampton Classic live in digital quality to WVVH-TV’s viewers, an unprecedented commitment for coverage of a live sports event by a New York television station.
The USEF Network.com, Presented by SmartPak, is an online broadcast platform provided by the United States Equestrian Federation, Inc. (USEF), the National Governing Body for equestrian sport in the United States.  As the country's largest multi-breed organization serving 27 breeds and disciplines, the Federation licenses more than 2,600 equestrian competitions nationwide each year.
HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is a television-based multimedia network dedicated to equine sports. HRTV's programming features horseracing from top U.S. and international racetracks, as well as a wide range of world-class English and Western horse competitions, news, original programming and award-winning documentaries covering the world of horse sports. The live stream of HRTV is available on a subscription basis to high-speed Internet users worldwide at www.hrtv.com. In the U.S., the HRTV television network is available via telco, cable and satellite in over 19 million homes.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177.  Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

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