December 12, 2008 -- The 34th Hampton Classic Horse Show will be held one week earlier than usual in 2009, running from Sunday, August 23, through Sunday, August 30. The date change, due to the USEF Competition Calendar rotation, is in effect for this year only and means that the horse show will not end on Labor Day weekend as it usually does.
"We wanted to be sure to give exhibitors, vendors, sponsors and spectators notice of this change in date in order to make their plans now," said Executive Director Shanette Barth Cohen. "The change will be in effect for this year only and in 2010, we'll be back to ending on Labor Day weekend."
One of the nation's premiere show jumping competitions, the eight-day Hampton Classic hosts the FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier in addition to hunter/jumper competition for riders ranging from the youngest competitors in leadline and short stirrup classes all the way up to Olympic medalists.
The Hampton Classic Horse Show is the highlight of the Hampton's summer social scene bringing out a line-up of celebrities from the entertainment, business and political worlds. Among those attending the Hampton Classic in 2008 were New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Steven Spielberg, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Lou Dobbs, James Lipton, Cliff Robertson, Ivana Trump, Naomi Campbell, Ahmad Rashad and Lewis Johnson.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, visit www.hamptonclassic.com or call 631-537-3177.