World-Class Equestrian Competition Set to Return to 2022 Hampton Classic Horse Show
New Grand Prix Ring and Five Star Status to Take Classic to a New Level
The 46th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns August 28-September 4 with a full schedule of world-class equestrian competition. Offering more than $1 million in prize money, the Classic is highlighted by the $410,000 Hampton Classic 5* Grand Prix on Sunday, September 4.
Each year approximately 50,000 people come to watch the nation’s best equestrian athletes compete at the Hampton Classic. Rated USEF ‘Premier-6’ for hunters and jumpers with designated FEI 2* and 5* classes, the Hampton Classic features more than 200 competitions in six spectacular show rings, the Agneta Currey Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, all on its world-class 60-acre show grounds.
The Hampton Classic is famous for its celebrity guests. Among those who have attended in recent years are Don Lemon, Sofia Vergara, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Jimmy Fallon, Mariska Hargitay, Bobby Flay, Julianne Moore, Aida Tuturro, Billy Joel, Brooke Shields, and Jennifer Lopez.
“This year’s Hampton Classic promises to be one of the most exciting ever,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, the Classic’s Executive Director. “Our new Five Star status is sure to draw a spectacular line-up of horses and riders. Spectators also are sure to enjoy all our usual activities, offering something for everyone, whether they’re horse fans or not!”
This year’s Classic will mark the debut of a new Grand Prix arena, featuring 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 world-renowned footing expert 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), as well as the upcoming 2023 LONGINES FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in Omaha.