Kids Day At The Hampton Classic Means More Than Just Horses
Under 12 are Free All Day Saturday, August 31
NYMay 21, 2002With all the exciting activities taking
place during the Hampton Classics Seventh Annual Cablevision
Kids Day on Saturday, August 31, its easy to forget that the
main draw of the day is the thrilling equestrian competition. In
addition to watching the nations top horses and riders compete
for prestigious prizes, kids can take part in the wide variety of
fun and games offered throughout the day.
annual Hampton Classic Horse Show, one of the nations premier
show jumping competitions, returns to Bridgehampton, NY for its
27th year. The show, which begins on Sunday, August 25, will conclude
its weeklong schedule of competition, special events, and social
activities with the excitement of the $150,000 Prudential Financial
Grand Prix, Sunday, September 1, 2002.
Kids Day, youngsters can spend time at the World of the Horse
Exhibition Tent and Show Yard area right behind the main Grandstands.
Here kids will find Llamaland (with goats and alpacas, too), Millstone
Farm's Miniature Horses, several unusual breeds of horses, and the
Kids-Teaching-Kids Pony Care Program. Parents and grandparents will
certainly want to come with extra film in the camera to capture
their kids and grandkids taking part in the free pony rides and
the chance to learn how to groom a pony. Double-Bar-D petting zoo
will also be on hand to introduce kids to the formerly abandoned
creatures that they have lovingly rescued.
will also be hands-on circus acts with the National Circus Project,
and educational projects including a special presentation on the
contributions made by Companion Dogs. Add to that face painting,
balloon sculpting, plate spinning, juggling, stilt walkers, and
Alcazar the Magician and you've got one fun-filled day. Kids can
also enter the Classic's free drawings for great prizes donated
by Cablevision and many of the Classic's other sponsors and boutique
who are still eager for more action can head out on the Walking
Tour with Junior Kroll by simply following the life-sized Junior
Kroll figures around the grounds. Along the Tour, they will see
riders, horses, grooms, veterinarians, farriersall the hustle
and bustle of a working horse show grounds. Theres also the
Boutique Garden with its many vendors, including the Hampton Classic
Souvenir Shop, and the Classic Food Court.
its time for a rest, kids can hit the Grandstands to watch
top riders of the sport, including Olympic medallists and World
Cup winners, compete over five-foot obstacles. Olympic veterans
such as Margie Goldstein-Engle, Joe Fargis, Todd Minikus, and Anne
Kursinski are a few of the many top riders expected to compete.
Featured show jumping events of the day include the $15,000 W.G.H.R.
Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic (11:00 a.m.) and the $25,000 Sally
Hansen Grand Prix (1:00 p.m.).
highlight of the 2002 Hampton Classic will come on Grand Prix Sunday,
September 1, when the thirty best riders will compete for the biggest
prize of all, the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix (2:00
p.m.). The top horse-and-rider pairs are selected for competition
in Sundays headline event during Fridays $30,000 Adequan
Grand Prix. The Prudential Financial Grand Prix is an FEI World
Cup (Fédération Equestre Internationale) qualifying
event for the World Cup of Show Jumping Finals to be held in April
2003 in Las Vegas. Show jumping competition earlier in the day on
Grand Prix Sunday includes the $50,000 Eastern Finals of the Young
Jumper Championships and the $25,000 Calvin Klein Show Jumping Derby
for riders under the age of 21.
under 12 are admitted free of charge on Cablevision Kids Day and
each is entitled to a complimentary pony ride courtesy of Del Labs
(Sally Hansen). General admission for those 12 years of age and
older is $5.00. Parking at the Classic is free.
more information about the Hampton Classic be sure to visit the
shows website at www.hamptonclassic.com
or call 631-537-3177.