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2002 Hampton Classic Poster Captures Spirit of Horse Show

Artist/Designer Nick Gamarello Continues 25-Year Tradition

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY—July 30, 2002—Artist and designer Nicholas Gamarello has created a classic, timeless look for the poster for the 2002 Hampton Classic Horse Show. The poster depicts an elegant woman holding two Thoroughbred horses—it might have been painted a minute ago … or a half-century ago.

Since 1977, the Hampton Classic’s art poster series has included images of a diverse group of paintings and drawings of some of the country’s leading equestrian artists. Avid collectors have snapped up signed editions of the annual posters by artists such as Paul Davis, Henry Koehler, Nina Duran, and Mickey Paraskevas.

Gamarello’s 2002 poster features a full-color painting of a woman in hunting clothes holding two Thoroughbreds. The painting is surrounded by a wide border decorated with a variety of pencil sketches reflecting scenes at the show.

“I was trying to capture a timeless image that expresses the bond between horse and rider, people and animals,” said Gamarello, Vice President and Design Director at John B. Stetson, the hat and clothing manufacturer. “Even when I try to paint a contemporary subject, it has the influence of another time because I use the techniques of another time.”

The poster costs $30 for an unsigned edition and $100 for a signed edition and are available through the Hampton Classic website at or in the Boutique Garden at the Snake Hollow Road showgrounds from August 25 through September 1.

A sampling of Gamarello’s work will be on exhibit during this year’s Hampton Classic in the poster booth in the Boutique Garden. The artist will be on hand to personally autograph his 2002 poster Thursday and Friday, August 29 and 30.

Gamarello, who has ridden since he was a child, studied fine art in the style of the Old Masters before he entered the fashion industry. He was a designer for 12 years at Polo Ralph Lauren before joining Stetson, where, as Design Director, he is responsible for the company’s clothing and home furnishings lines.

The Hampton Classic is one of the nation’s premier show jumping competitions. Many of the world’s top equestrians compete for more than $250,000 in prize money during the Classic. Each day of the show is devoted to special events and social activities, culminating with the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix on Sunday, September 1, in front of the Classic’s famed yellow-striped tents.


Third Annual Seniors Day, Thursday, Aug. 29: Senior citizens will be admitted free on Seniors Day, Thursday, Aug. 29, presented by 50 Plus Senior News. Festivities include “An Evening of Shopping” from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Boutiques Garden. The Evening of Shopping is a new addition to the Classic this year and promises to be a real hit!

Fiesta Day, Friday Aug. 30: A tribute to Long Island’s growing Hispanic community, Fiesta Day presented by Avis celebrates the culture and traditions of more than 23 Spanish-speaking countries and regions worldwide. Hispanic food, music, and dancing will be highlighted as a tribute to diversity in work and play. A new bilingual horse coloring book will be given to all children under 12, along with a box of crayons, so kids can color on the spot!

Cablevision’s Kids Day, Saturday, Aug. 31: Sure to delight kids of all ages, Cablevision’s Kids Day will feature the National Circus Project, an opportunity for youngsters to try out their circus skills. The day also includes face painting, balloon sculpting, pony rides, and magic acts. A visit to the petting zoo is included in the fun, along with the chance to win some great prizes. Kids can even brush up on their horse grooming skills.

Other featured show jumping events during the Hampton Classic include the $15,000 W.G.H.R. Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, the $25,000 Sally Hansen Grand Prix, the $30,000 Adequan Grand Prix, 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.

The week-long competition runs from Sunday, August 25 through Sunday, September 1, with a break in competition on Monday, August 26. Admission is $5 per person or $15 per carload per day, with children under 6 admitted free. Reserved grandstand seating for Sunday, September 1, is $15 per person (in addition to $5/person or $15/carload admission) or $25 per person for premium front-row seating. Parking throughout the show is free.

In addition to the competition taking place each day simultaneously in five rings, spectators will be treated to a variety of other exciting exhibits, including the Boutique Garden’s 36 vendor booths, Stable Row’s 20 booths, three on-site public restaurants, and an Exhibition Horse/Children’s area open throughout the week.

For more information about the Hampton Classic be sure to visit the show’s website at


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