New Grand Prix Arena Unveiled to Open the 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show
Classic’s Youngest Competitors First to Take the Stage
The 46th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show opened Sunday to beautiful, breezy weather and unveiled its new Grand Prix Arena to kick off a weeklong schedule full of world-class equestrian competition. First to enter the new ring were the smallest of the week’s competitors as leadline riders in age groups of 2-4 and 5-7 took the stage.
The Hampton Classic, August 28-September 4, is one of the world’s most prestigious horse shows, featuring competitors at every level from young children in leadline to Olympic, World, and World Cup Champions. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities.
All Grand Prix Arena competitors have the opportunity throughout the week to ride on the new state-of-the-art all-weather footing installed by Travis Gould and his JTWG, Inc., under the guidance of iEquitek’s Bill Hawe and in consultation with Oliver Hoberg. It is engineered using the same processes used for the footing in the International Arena at Wellington International (FL) and Tryon Stadium (NC), both of which have received rave reviews, as well as the upcoming 2023 LONGINES FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in Omaha.