Hampton Classic Cancelled for First Time in History

The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of this year’s Hampton Classic Horse Show. The Hampton Classic, one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, would have been celebrating its 45th year in late August at its world-class show grounds in Bridgehampton, NY. The Hampton Classic will return August 29 – September 5, 2021.

Mario Deslauriers on Bardolina. Photo by Shawn McMillen.

“It is difficult to express how disappointing this is for everyone,” said Shanette Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. “However, given the current situation and the uncertainty that lies ahead, our Board reached the conclusion that there really is no other option.”

“Naturally, the safety and well-being of our exhibitors, and everyone involved with the Classic, takes first priority and the Board is unanimous in its belief that the wisest course of action is to put all our efforts and resources into ensuring that the Classic is able to return next year at the same high standard that everyone expects.”

One of the largest outdoor horse shows in the U.S., the Hampton Classic is a premier destination for many of the world’s best show jumping riders vying for top prize money and titles. The show features six show rings, a high-end Boutique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide selection of dining options, all on its spectacular 60-acre show grounds. The show hosts more than 200 classes of competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities ranging from leadline all the way up to the grand prix show jumping. The Classic also has competitions for riders with disabilities.

“I want to thank Longines, NetJets, Land Rover, Mane ‘n Tail, and Hermès and all our sponsors for their continued support,” Cohen added. “Without the ongoing support of our sponsors, patrons and exhibitors, we would not be able to maintain the Classic as the world-class event that has come to mean so much to so many. On behalf of the Board, I offer all our supporters our deepest thanks and appreciation.”

For more information about the Hampton Classic, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, click here.