When the Hampton Classic Horse Show returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 26 – September 2, for its 37th year of world-class equestrian competition, shopping and entertainment, it will once again feature one of its most popular attractions, Optimum® Kids Day.
Optimum® Kids Day, scheduled for Saturday, September 1, features free pony rides for children under 12 and lots of fun children’s activities including the Laughing Pizza Family Band, The Bellini Family Circus & Friends, magic by the Amazing Zola, face painting by Ruby, Llamas from Long Island Livestock, and a Birds of Prey demonstration from the Wildlife Center of the Hamptons.
“We are excited to host Optimum® Kids Day once again as part of our schedule at the Hampton Classic,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, Hampton Classic Executive Director. “Many families return year after year to take part in all the fun activities that are held throughout the day and it’s become one of the Classic’s favorite traditions. In fact, we have some people who came as kids years ago who now come with their own children!”
This marks the second year at the Hampton Classic for the Laughing Pizza Family Band (www.laughingpizza.com), whose music videos can be seen on PBS. Laughing Pizza is made up of Billy, Lisa and their teenage daughter Emily. The family band plays music appropriate for all ages and they have just released a new live DVD & CD.
Also returning is the Bellini Family Circus & Friends who, in addition to performing, will run workshops to allow kids to learn to perform some of what they see. Guidepost Solutions, a global leader in monitoring, compliance, international investigations and risk management solutions, will run a scavenger hunt and provide Junior Investigator Kits.
For those who can’t make it to the Hampton Classic for Optimum® Kids Day, there are events for children being held throughout the week. Every day of the Classic will include activities from My Playful Gardens, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation, as well as from the ASPCA. The New York Wolf Conservation Center will visit on Tuesday, August 28 and the Classic will host an animal mask project that day as well. On Wednesday, August 29, the Children’s Museum of the Hamptons will be on site with lots of fun activities. On Friday, August 31, there will be a visit by Erik’s Reptile Eventures, and Stony Brook Medicine will host kid friendly activities and a skit called “Mission Nutrition.”
The Hampton Classic features more than 100 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages. A wide range of jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes are part of the Classic’s schedule, as well as competitions for riders with disabilities. The highlight of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier on Sunday, September 2. The Grand Prix, open to horses that complete Friday's $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, World Champions and other show jumping veterans.
For those who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcasts up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen on line at www.wvvh.tv. Most of the Classic’s classes will also be available on ShowNet.biz.
For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.