This year I visited the Hampton Classic for the first time.
I was amazed at how a 60 acre field could be transformed into a mini city of equestrian delights, from the Grand Prix Jumper Ring with its grandstand seating and VIP tents to the various other smaller competition rings surrounded by pretty landscaping. The beautiful horses executing their jumps were spectacular. The variety of food vendors and boutiques offered numerous temptations. The two hours Hugh and I spent there on Tuesday went by in a flash.
art by Julie Witt
2014 Hampton Classic Exhibitor Index Cover
Winner of the Dan's Papers Junior Artwork Contest
oil painting by Jennifer Brandon via
Horse #1617 Stedet's Lucky in Jumper Ring II
The horse above is in the Grand Prix Ring competing in the $10,000 Newsday open jumper. Competing farms bring horses to the Hampton Classic from Toronto to Florida and California. Riders, sponsors and patrons visit from all over the world.
Equestrian Success by Jennifer Brandon
oil on canvas image via
The first of five rows of stables.
Eighteen stabling tents house more than 1600 horses.
Farms decorate their front tack rooms with awards and photographs.
Everything and more that an equestrian lover could want or need.
Head gear, of course.
A gentleman at Dubarry modelled the Bramble jacket and was also standing in a pool of muck to underscore the water proof nature of their signature Galway boot. I was impressed. It was roasting hot and he was standing in the glaring sun with perfect poise.
Next door, Jennifer Brandon was painting en plein air.
Jennifer Brandon's gallery in the Boutique Garden was filled with her portraits of horses and hounds as well as landscapes. Just a small sample of what this talented artist, designer, illustrator and photographer can do. I loved her on site painting demonstration. Art in action! Visit her website here.
In the Anne Aspinall Ring, one of the Hunter competitors.
Horse #885 Chabliano Z
Geddaway Farm in Jacksonville, Florida
This year's Hampton Classic Horse Show runs until August 31st.
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