42nd annual Hampton Classic Horse Show begins Sunday

Sunday marks the beginning of the 42nd annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, an eight-day equestrian event that draws celebrities and horse lovers alike to Bridgehampton every summer.

“It’s world-class showjumping,” said Marty Bauman, a spokesperson for the festivities. “Many of the best riders and horses in the world will be there.”

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As many as 70,000 people are expected to attend the festivities, which will be held on a 60-acre expanse on Snake Hollow Road, Bauman said.

Attendees on Sunday can expect sunny skies and temperatures reaching the low 70s, with partly to mostly sunny days forecast through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

The daily horse events are the main draw of the annual show, whose six show rings will feature more than 200 competitions, according to a news release.

Those events will bring out competitors of all types, from children to Olympians, with a show featuring riders with disabilities scheduled Monday, according to the release.

Saturday is kids’ day, with family-oriented activities planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and free admission and a free pony ride for children under 12, according to the release.

While children under 6 get in free every day, daily general admission will cost $ 10 per person, or $ 20 per car, according to the event website. General admission is free Monday, and free for seniors Tuesday through Thursday.

Guests also can browse the wares sold by more than 70 vendors at the festival, which in years past has attracted Billy Joel, Jennifer Lopez and a host of other celebrities, according to the release.

Some 15,000 are expected to attend the final day of the show Sept. 3, when riders will compete in the $ 300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, according to the release. Reserved seats in the grandstand for that event cost $ 35 to $ 45, according to the event website.

The website advises “country casual” clothing and comfortable footwear, although dapper duds are not an uncommon sight at the increasingly posh event.

The show has activities planned every day from Sunday through Sept. 3 at 240 Snake Hollow Rd. A full schedule of events can be found at www.hamptonclassic.com.

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