Large crowds gathered for the LONGINES Hampton Classic Grand Prix event on Sunday in Bridgehampton as seven of 23 riders returned to jump for blue on August 29.
The winner was Israeli Daniel Bluman, who took the win with a blazing time of 34.750 seconds and was awarded the $ 300,000 grand prize by Land Rover to applause from the crowd, then stood up for the Israeli national anthem. Two-time Olympic veteran and 2017 Hampton Classic Grand Prix champion claimed victory over Gemma W, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare, owned by Blue Star Investments, and defeated five-time American Olympian McLain Ward, who released Olympic Partner 2021 , Contagious, the 12 year old German sports gelding owned by Beechwood Stables, LLC to compete.
After Ward took second in the Grand Prix with a time of 36.790 seconds, he won the $ 30,000 LONGINES Rider Challenge with a total of 538 points. Bluman finished second with 350 points.
“I watched carefully everything McLain was doing,” said Bluman. “He’s a fast runner and he loves winning this category. Then the crowd went crazy when he was done, and I got so emotional then. I just thought I was going to give everything – absolutely everything – that I had. I was going to take all the risks, and I was going to beat him. I wasn’t going to be slower than him today. And it worked. “
Ward, who has won the Hampton Classic Grand Prix seven times, competed with Contagious this summer at the Tokyo Olympics, where the United States won the team silver medal.
“He’s a super quality horse,” said Ward. “He’s always been very, very careful, and he’s a fighter. My team has this horse in spectacular shape as we prepare for the Olympics, where we got a dream result. It’s good that he was able to come home and be fit and ready to go, which is a testament to the care of our team. “
American rider Schuyler Riley completed the top three of the Hampton Classic Grand Prix and the LONGINES Rider Challenge, collecting a total of 325 points. After finishing second with Katherine Gallagher’s Robin de Ponthual in Friday’s Grand Prix qualifier, she rode the 16-year-old Selle Français gelding with a clear time of 37.420 seconds.
In the VIP tent, the competition was fierce for the most creative and beautiful table. The best decorated Hampton Cottages & Gardens table winner and Blue Ribbon honors went to LoveShackFancy, the clothing brand inspired by Rebecca Hessel Cohen’s lifestyle and travel.
There were several dazzling table displays admired by VIPs and celebrities who walked through the VIP dressed in their finest summer attire: brightly colored designer dresses, pink and blue blazers, and many festive floral hats. The delicious food was prepared and served by Christopher Robbins of Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs and featured lobster rolls, filet mignon, fried picnic chicken from executive chef Chris Toni and a range of salads, sandwiches and desserts. enticing.
The crowd was thrilled to be back in the stands this year after missing the Hampton Classic last year. Approximately 50,000 people attend the Hampton Classic each year and the event features over 200 classes in six arenas.
Camera flashes erupted in the VIP tent on Sunday as Brooke Shields, Lorraine Bracco, daughter Stella Keitel, Aida Turturro, Steven Weber, Michael Bloomberg, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, CEO arrived from Dime Bank Kevin O’Connor, Instagram star Isaac Boots, and many other philanthropists, CEOs, leading real estate, business, finance and the arts. Earlier in the week, the VIP tent saw Christie Brinkley, Billy Joel, Jill Rappaport and many other local notables and horse riding enthusiasts.
Outside the main tent, the garden of the Agneta Currey boutique with over 70 vendors leapt with shoppers. Kid-friendly activities also prevailed, and the popular pony rides and a children’s farm were a hit again this year.
For those who haven’t been to the show site, free live broadcasts of all of the Grand Prix ring competitions shown on the Hampton Classic website, produced by ClipMyHorseTV and courtesy of LONGINES. ClipMyHorseTV also provided a free live webcast of all of Anne Aspinall’s ring competitions and archive videos, all available on the Hampton Classic website. Additionally, WVVH-TV, Hamptons Television, broadcast up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These shows can also be viewed online at wvvh.tv.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, visit the Hampton Classic website at hamptonclassic.com.