Saturday, September 3, 2022

News 12 Long Island Kids’ Day Returns to the Hampton Classic Horse Show with Many Family-Friendly Delig

News 12 Long Island Kids’ Day Returns to the Hampton Classic Horse Show with Many Family-Friendly Delights

Bridgehampton, NY – September 3, 2022  News 12 Long Island Kids’ Day returned to the Hampton Classic on Saturday with its usual delights and activities to entertain and educate kids of all ages. The morning’s beautiful weather allowed Kids’ Day to continue to be one of the show’s most popular days for families as competition in the rings ramped up toward the afternoon’s featured classes, the $74,000 Hampton Classic 2* Grand Prix and the $74,000 LONGINES Cup. 

The Hampton Classic, August 28-September 4, is one of the world’s most prestigious horse shows, offering more than $1 million in prize money during a full schedule featuring competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities. 

Children under 12 from Long Island and the New York metropolitan area enjoyed free admission, complimentary pony rides, and other activities including games, music, magic and crafts. News 12 Long Island also gave away colored pencils and Miller & Associates coloring books to everyone in attendance. 

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The Kids’ Area featured several family attractions throughout the week, such as pony rides courtesy of Steppin’ Out Ponies. Children could also visit the sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits and a mini cow in Steppin’ Out’s new petting zoo and get their faces painted with returning artists The Amazing Rubini and Kathy’s Fancy Faces. 

On Saturday, kids of all ages enjoyed performances by Mr. Marc Music, the DJ and MC of this year’s hip hop dance party, as well as magic by the Amazing Zola, who has entertained audiences at the Hampton Classic for more than three decades. Jugglers, stilt walkers, hula hoopers and clowns also returned to the Classic with the Bellini Family Circus.

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Scott’s Protein Balls provided samples of their delicious all-natural protein balls, and Macrae Skye was on hand with ping pong, cornhole and basketball games. Children could also learn about the Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons’ resident tortoise, Sullivan, with their coloring activities and help with the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program integrative art project, learning about the local shellfish habitat and their role in keeping Long Island waters clean. 

“Kids’ Day is such a staple for the Hampton Classic,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the show’s Executive Director. “It’s amazing to have each year’s activities include new and returning faces. We never get tired of seeing the kids and their families smiling and having fun.” 

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Each year approximately 50,000 people come to watch the nation’s best equestrian athletes compete at the Hampton Classic. The Classic is rated USEF ‘Premier-6’ for both hunters and jumpers with FEI 2* and 5* classes. Ireland’s Alan Wade serves as Grand Prix Ring course designer.

The Hampton Classic features more than 200 competitions in six spectacular show rings, the Agneta Currey Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, all on its world-class 60-acre show grounds. Offering more than $1 million in prize money, the Classic is highlighted by the $410,000 Hampton Classic 5* Grand Prix on Sunday, September 4.

The Hampton Classic’s FEI competition began Thursday, September 1, with the $10,000 Citarella Open Jumper CSI2* and $37,000 Hampton Classic 5* Speed Stake and continues throughout the weekend with seven 2* and 5* classes. FEI competition also includes Friday’s $37,000 Wölffer Estate 2* Jumper Classic and $74,000 Douglas Elliman 5* Grand Prix Qualifier, Saturday’s $74,000 Hampton Classic 2* Grand Prixand $74,000 5* LONGINES Cup and the culminating $410,000 Hampton Classic 5* Grand Prix on Sunday, September 4.

The Hampton Classic continues to support several charitable organizations including Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, the Kevin Babington Foundation and Sag Harbor Food Pantry. Everyone who comes to the Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday with three or more non-perishable food items for the Sag Harbor Food Pantry will have their entire car admitted free. 

Daily admission to the Classic is $20 per carload (cash at the gate only). Grandstand tickets for the $410,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix on Sunday, September 4, are $55 per person for reserved bucket seating. Grandstand tickets are electronic only; E-Tickets are provided thanks to support from Green is the New Blue.

The Hampton Classic is pleased to continue its relationship with ShowNet by offering its services FREE to all exhibitors. Services include: Orders of Go; Live Ring Status; and Live Results. 

For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, complimentary live webcasts of all Grand Prix ring competitions air on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ClipMyHorseTV and courtesy of LONGINES. ClipMyHorseTV is also producing a live webcast of all Anne Aspinall ring competitions, available for free on the Hampton Classic website, thanks to Pacaso. In addition, WVVH-TV, Hamptons Television, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen online at 

For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at or call 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

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