This past Saturday, April 27th, the Parrish Art Museum held its annual Spring Fling at its new Water Mill location. The event was sold out with everyone, including us, looking for an excuse to check out the new facility! With it’s new 34,000 square foot Herzog & de Meuron-designed building and 12,000 square feet of actual exhibition space, the unity of landscape and architecture lent itself so beautifully to this festive affair we all look forward to every Spring. Guests mingled and marveled at the new surroundings and even checked out the new cafe. Live entertainment from Todd Barrie Music encouraged dancing and fun! We will definitely be returning to the museum soon as patrons to check out both the permanent collection and the temporary exhibitions. The Parrish Art Spring Fling gave us a little hint that summer in the Hamptons is just around the corner and we can’t wait!
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Tonight is the much anticipated and SOLD OUT Parrish Art Museum Spring Fling, the first one at the museum’s new Water Mill location and once again we will be there to capture it all!
- Enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres by Art of Eating
- Relish unique specialty drinks with Bismarck Vodka, fine wines from Niche Import Co, and ales from Southampton Publick House
- Dance to live music by Todd Barrie Music
- Bid and buy tantalizing silent auction items and experiences
Where: 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
When: Saturday, April 27, 2013 – 7:30PM to 11:00PM
Scroll down to check out the photos from last year and then come back soon to see tonight’s photos!
Posted April 27th, 2013. Add a comment
We’re sure most of you are familiar with the Modern Luxury line of magazines especially our local favorite Manhattan, but did you know they are launching a new publication called BEACH this Memorial Day?!
BEACH: Modern Luxury Hamptons is going to combine luxury lifestyle with a smart, provocative, and literary point of view. It will celebrate fashion, art, architecture, music, food & drink, new ideas and trends. Each issue will deliver probing insight into the most successful and interesting people in the world, from an insider’s perspective. Every issue will also bring the best in humor, travel diaries, sports & automotive coverage, as well as interior design and the most beautiful gardens on the East End.
Being based in the Hamptons ourselves, we are very excited to welcome a fresh perspective on the area we call home, but we are even more excited to announce that we will be working with BEACH as their house event photographers this year! In fact, we already joined them at their Announcement Celebration at C/O the Maidstone in East Hampton last week. It was so great meeting everyone at the magazine and in true Hamptons fashion, we bumped into some already familiar faces at the party as well! Click here to visit the Modern Luxury Manhattan page to view photos from the event!
The first issue of BEACH won’t be out for a few more months, but we are already looking forward to photographing their events and what is shaping up to be a very busy 2013!
In the meantime, please check out their social media pages!
Posted February 7th, 2013. Add a comment
On Saturday, October 6th, we attended several of the Hamptons International Film Festival events in East Hampton, NY. We started out at the press headquarters which was based at C/O Maidstone. Here we got the inside scoop from Frank PR as to where we should go later in the day and were able to photograph some of the young upcoming actors outside in the courtyard.
Next we headed over to Guild Hall to photograph the red carpet for the Tribute to Ann Roth. Unfortunately this red carpet kicked off a little earlier than advertised so we missed Nathan Lane, but we were able to photograph the famed costume designer herself, Ann Roth! This red carpet was complete with the giant Oscar statue you usually only see at the Academy Awards, but that might be because next up on the red carpet was Hawk Koch, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. After that was actress and sister of Arthur Miller, Joan Copeland who seemed full of energy. You wouldn’t even know she was 90 years old! CNN correspondent Alina Cho walked the carpet next in a lovely blue and white dress. Following her was Stuart Suna, owner of Silvercup Studios and Chairman of the Hamptons Film Festival. Mike Nichols arrived next followed by a surprise appearance by the lovely Meryl Streep! Last up were the director and producer of “Between Us” Dan Mirvish and Mike Lynch.
Following the Tribute to Ann Roth, we made our way over to Stuart Suna’s house for the Chairman’s Reception. This was another star-studded red carpet that was attended by all the photographers and several film crews including Fox 5, BBC America, and Micah Jesse. Many of Variety’s “10 Actors to Watch” were in attendance including Scoot McNairy, Alicia Vikander, Nate Parker, Elyas M’Barek, Boyd Holbrook, Domhnall Gleeson, Dree Hemingway, and Adam Driver. Also in attendance were Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alec Baldwin with new wife Hilaria Baldwin, Hawk Koch, HIFF Director of Programming, David Nugent, James Lipton, Toby Jones, Alina Cho, Cathy Lee Jones, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine, Sting’s wife Trudie Styler, and the much anticipated Sienna Miller who looked absolutely stunning in an Alessandra Rich gown and Prada shoes.
We rounded out the evening with the red carpet for the Conversation with Richard Gere. There were women crowding the sidewalks hoping for a glimpse of the silver haired actor who graciously smiled for the cameras and posed for some photos with his interviewer for the event, Alec Baldwin. Nicholas Jarecki also attended.
Photos from the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival
Posted October 9th, 2012. Add a comment
Baume et Mercier Reception for the 20th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival at Wolffer Estate – PHOTOS!
On Friday, October 5th, we attended the invitation-only Baume et Mercier reception for the 20th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack, NY. Celebrities such as Alan Cumming and Sting’s wife, Trudie Styler, were on hand as well as some of the actors listed in Variety Magazine’s “10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performers of 2012.”
The weather was warm enough to allow for the party to flow seamlessly from inside the tasting room out onto the open-air patios overlooking the vineyard itself. As an impressive orange-colored half moon rose over the vines, more and more guests including several from the film industry as well as HIFF Founders filled the venue. Wolffer wine, of course, was served as well as some really delicious hors d’ouerves like artichoke heart fritters, pulled pork on bread bites, and tuna tartare followed up by vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet mini cupcakes for dessert!
Everyone was having such a good time that we all seemed to lose track of time. The party went well past 11PM until the lights were turned up and the end of the party had to be announced! Overall it was a great kickoff to the weekend portion of the film festival which celebrates it’s twentieth year this season! Be sure to check back soon for more photos from Saturday’s events!
More photos from the Baume et Mercier Hamptons International Film Festival Reception at Wolffer Estate…
Posted October 7th, 2012. Add a comment
Summer in the Hamptons may be officially over, but there’s always one last hurrah out there known as HIFF! The Hamptons International Film Festival is celebrating it’s TWENTIETH year this week and Society-In-Focus will be there to capture photos of some of the extraordinary talent!
HIFF was founded to celebrate Independent film – long, short, fiction and documentary – and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to their audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all. [credit http://hamptonsfilmfest.org]
This year’s festival begins on Thursday, October 4th and runs through Monday, October 8th.
The Opening Night Film is “Love, Marilyn” a documentary feature directed by Liz Garbus. The film will be screened at Guild Hall on Thursday at 7PM and UA1 at 7:30. This is also the US premiere of the film!
The Southampton Opening Night Film is “Silver Linings Playbook” directed by David O. Russell and stars Robert De Niro, Chris Tucker, and Julia Stiles among others. Showtimes are on Friday at 6:30 in Southampton and Sunday at 6:30 at UA1.
The Centerpiece Film is the highly anticipated East Coast Premiere of “Argo” directed by, produced by, and starring Ben Affleck. Showtimes are Saturday at 9, Guild Hall and Sunday at 3:45 at UA1.
The Closing Night Film is “Not Fade Away” directed by David Chase and starring James Gandolfini. David Chase is probably best known for his original series “The Sopranos” but this film is his directorial debut. “Not Fade Away” can be seen at Guild Hall on Sunday at 8 or Monday at 3.
In addition to all the wonderful films being screened over the next few days, there will be a few “conversations” or intimate interviews with several industry faves such as Richard Gere, Alan Cumming, and Stevie Nicks. Tons of red carpet events, parties, and of course the Golden Starfish Awards round out the week.
Be sure to check back soon for photos from the events as well as some movie information and reviews! We’re getting tons of information on a lot of the films and will be sharing it with everyone as it comes in so stay tuned! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter also!
In the meantime, scroll down to check out our photos from last year’s HIFF!
Photos from the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival
Posted October 2nd, 2012. Add a comment
Kent Farrington took top honors in the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, the grand finale of the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. As always, the show featured international show jumpers, elegant show hunters, celebrities and more.
With more than 10,000 fans watching, Farrington, of Chicago, IL, and Voyeur were the first in the jump-off, and they left all eight jumps standing as they sped to a time of 47.53 seconds. Shane Sweetnam of Ireland just brushed the front rail of the oxer in front of the packed grandstand on Amaretto D’Arco to finish second with 4 faults in 48.04 seconds. Molly Ashe-Cawley’s mount, Carissimo, slipped on the 180-degree turn to the same oxer before leaping awkwardly and crashing into the jump. They regrouped, though, to finish third with just those 4 faults in 55.19 seconds.
Farrington placed second in the 2011 FTI Grand Prix. “I think I’ve ridden in this grand prix for the last 10 years, and I’ve won every ribbon except blue. It’s great to finally win that one too!” he said. Voyeur is a 10-year-old, Dutch Warmblood gelding whom Farrington started riding for owner Amalaya Investments last winter.
Galloping fast and turning tightly from the start, Farrington didn’t leave much room for Sweetnam and Ashe-Cawley to beat him. Sweetnam said he saw Farrington’s round, “and I knew I had to go. I thought I was OK [turning into the oxer], but then I wasn’t. He just touched it.” Sweetnam rides Amaretto D’Arco, a 12-year-old Belgian-bred stallion, for Spy Coast Farm.
Ashe-Cawley, of Wellington, FL, said she discovered after finishing that Carissimo, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, had lost a front shoe at the second fence. “He really lost his footing on the turn and I really would have liked to have circled, but you can’t do that when you’re going for $250,000! There was no way to solve it, except to keep going,” she said.
Guilherme Jorge’s course proved a challenge to the 35 entries. The final jump (fence 14), a narrow vertical set four strides after a scope-testing oxer, caused the most faults. Since the time allowed was difficult to make, some riders were forced to make a tight turn into this final line of jumps. Ten horses faulted at the last fence including McLain Ward and Antares F, the first to face the course. Ward had won the FTI Grand Prix three straight years and six times overall. They had also won the first leg of the new Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge and their failure to win the FTI Grand Prix means that there will be no Triple Crown winner this year.
“I didn’t make up my mind about the last fence until I saw the starting list this morning, and I saw what a strong field we had. That’s when I decided to make it a narrow vertical,” said Jorge, who has designed the Hampton Classic’s jumper courses since 2010. “It is a very fine line between making a course that is too easy and a course that is too hard.”
Despite Missing Out on FTI Grand Prix, Ward Still Showed Winning Ways
Ward proved that he is hard to beat at the Hampton Classic, winning four major jumper classes. On Friday, he rode Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve to victory in the $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, while also taking third place on Antares F.
As the third rider in the 13-horse jump-off, Ward and Antares F stopped the timers just 0.02 seconds short of the mark Farrington had set right before him on Venus (42.26 seconds). Four more riders tried and failed to beat Farrington’s time before Ward returned on Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve. Ward, 36, submarined the two leading times, finishing in 40.33 seconds.
On Wednesday, Ward galloped to victory on Lucky Lord 20 in the $7,500 Equinimity 1.45m Open Jumper class, presented by Ariat. On Thursday, he guided Vocas to the fastest clean jump-off round in the $7,500 Prudential Douglas Elliman 1.45m Open Jumper class. Then on Saturday Ward scored his fourth victory of the week when he guided Vocas to the top prize in the $30,000 Pilatus Cup. This was Ward’s second consecutive victory in the Pilatus Cup and his third victory in the class in the last four years.
Riding In Style
Meg O’Mara, of Rumson, NJ, won the Shalanno Farms Style of Riding Trophy. O’Mara won the $25,000 David Yurman Show Jumping Derby and the High Junior Jumper Championship on Sinatra IV. The Shalanno Farms Style of Riding Trophy is awarded to the junior jumper rider who best exemplifies the American style of equitation as modeled by Olympic medalists Joe Fargis, Conrad Homfeld and George Morris. The award recipient must have the respectful, dignified, courteous and workmanlike manner of a true sportsman.
“I’ve never won a style award, so I’m really happy,” said O’Mara, 18. “I’ve been working on my equitation al year, so I guess it’s starting to pay off.”
Allison Toffolon, of Bronxville, NY, won the Sam Edelman Equitation Championship edging Victoria Colvin and Sylvia de Toledo. The competition’s purpose is to prepare young riders to compete in the jumper ring, so it’s held in the Hampton Classic’s expansive Grand Prix Ring. Some 51 riders competed, with 15 returning for the second round.
Riding her own horse Class Action, Toffolon, 16, scored 90 points in the first round and 89 points in the second. Toffolon credited trainer Andre Dignelli of Heritage Farm with preparing her for this unique class. “I think it’s really an honor to win this class, since my trainer’s students have won it so many times before. It was a great opportunity to represent him here,” she said.
Ashe-Cawley Claims $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
Ashe-Cawley and Kennzo won the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by MeadowView Farms, on the Classic’s Opening Day. Her score of 373.5 surpassed those of teenage sensations Victoria Colvin on Inclusive (368.75) and Lillie Keenan on Monterrey (368.0). Colvin also finished 11th on Listen (271.0) and 12th on VIP Z (268.0) in the 35-horse field.
This was first time that the Derby was held in the Classic’s Grand Prix Ring, but Ashe-Cawley, an international Grand Prix veteran, felt right at home. Kennzo, a 10-year-old Finnish warmblood owned by Kristen Abbatiello-Neff, felt at home too, because he used to show as a jumper, until he made it clear that he disliked water jumps. “This was fun, and it was a beautiful, flowing course,” said Ashe-Cawley. “He always liked this grass field—he showed here twice as a jumper—so I thought I’d give this a go with him.”
Stewart Stars in Hunter Rings
Scott Stewart, of Wellington FL, was the Leading Hunter Rider, winning three championships. He received the Charlie Weaver Memorial Trophy for the second consecutive year and for the sixth time in his career. “This means a lot to me,” said Stewart. “I really admired Charlie, and I learned a lot from watching him over the years. So this is probably the most important award of the year to me.”
Stewart rode Enjoy, 6, to the first year green championship, Dedication, 7, to the second year green championship, and Garfield, 9, to the Triple Crown Custom high performance championship. Garfield won all five of the division’s classes to emphatically claim the tricolor from the 2011 champion, Tigger, owned by Jane F. Clark and ridden by Jim Toon. Alex Crown, of New York City, owns Garfield; Fashion Farm, also of New York City, owns Dedication; and Becky Gochman, also of New York City, owns Enjoy.
“The Hampton Classic is absolutely one of my favorite shows,” said Stewart. “When the weather is great like it’s been this week, the horses really go well on this grass ring, so I love riding here.”
Victoria Colvin, of Loxahatchee, FL, climaxed her successful week by winning the Kathy Scholl Memorial Trophy as the Leading Junior Hunter Rider, after winning two championships and one reserve championship. Just before receiving the award, Colvin rode Way Cool to win the $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic.
Colvin, 14, was also the Leading Junior Hunter Rider in 2011, when she and Way Cool, owned by Dr. Betsee Parker, also won the Hermès Hunter Classic. “It’s amazing to win this award again,” said Colvin, who rode seven horses in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions during the Hampton Classic. “I’m tired, but I love doing this.”
Lyman T. Whitehead, of N. Salem, NY, rode Trending, 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Nina Winoker, of Greenwich, CT, to the green conformation championship, just nipping Stewart on Beholden, who took the reserve title. “We just traded [wins] back and forth, and I got lucky with the way the ribbons were spread out,” said Whitehead. “He’s a beautiful mover and a beautiful jumper, so he’s got all the bases covered. He’s also very brave, so we’re aiming to make him a hunter derby horse. I think he’ll really shine at that.”
Peter Pletcher, of Magnolia, TX, guided Becky Gochman’s Sambalino to the regular conformation title. Sambalino also won the regular conformation championship in 2011, but with Ken Berkley aboard.
Danielle DeVincentis guided Candor, a chestnut gelding she’d never shown before, to first place in the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter Classic, presented by Firefly Farm. Candor, a 7-year-old warmblood, scored 175.0 points to win the Robert Hoskins Perpetual Trophy. Candor’s second-round score put him 3 points in front of early leader Late Entry, ridden by Alex Paradysz (172.0). Pembroke, ridden by Sandra Epstein, finished third (169.0).
DeVincentis, a 23-year-old student at C.W. Post University, also won the Marshall & Sterling Adult Hunter Classic in 2011 on Aljano Jr. “I couldn’t believe I won it last year, and I’m just shocked that I’ve won it again this year,” said DeVincentis, who lives in King’s Point, NY. She won the Hampton Classic’s short stirrup equitation championship in 1997. “This show has some of the best memories for me,” she said.
Stephanie Riggio, of New York, NY, and her horse Breitling claimed the Manhattan Mortgage amateur-owner, 3’3”, hunter championship. This was the third time in their six years together that Riggio and Breitling have won a tricolor ribbon at the Hampton Classic.
In 2010, Riggio, 28, and Breitling, 12, were the grand local hunter champions, and in 2011 they were the reserve champions in the amateur-owner, 3’3”, division. “Last year, because of Hurricane Irene, they shortened our division to three classes, all on one day, instead of five classes over two days, and when they do that, it’s sort of luck of the draw who wins the championship,” said Riggio. “This year, with all five classes, he could show what a beautiful mover he is and what an elegant picture he makes over the jumps.”
Riggio, an assistant professor of English at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, trains with Karen Caristo at MeadowView Farm in Watermill, NY. Riggio has been competing at the Classic since she was 8 years old, “and I think I’ve only missed two shows in 20 years!” she said.
Invincible, owned and ridden by Ellen Toon of S. Salem, NY, won the grand hunter championship. Invincible also won the amateur-owner, 36 & over, hunter championship.
Long Island Horses Have Their Day
Horses from Long Island had their day in the spotlight on the show’s first day, competing in the local hunter divisions in the newly named Anne Aspinall Ring or in Hunter Ring 2.
The brightest star was Mariano, owned by Stephanie Riggio and ridden by Sandra Ferrell. The pair won the local hunter professional championship on the way to the grand local hunter championship. J.C. Bugatti, owned by North Shore Equestrian Center and ridden by Kimberly Sarrica, won The Chronicle of the Horse local non-professional hunter championship.
Spring Fling, owned and ridden by Yvette Rechler-Newman, won the local grand hunter championship in 2011, and this year won the local amateur-owner hunter championship. Dunhill, owned by Seraphim Farm and ridden by Sabrina Kalimian, won the local junior hunter championship. Tracy Hart, riding Let’s Win Again, won both the Robert Hoskins Adult Medal class and the Hugh J.B. Cassidy III Adult Medal Class.
Special Events at The Hampton Classic
Optimum® Kids Day proved once again to be a huge hit at the Hampton Classic. Children from Long Island and the New York metropolitan area enjoyed pony rides, wildlife exhibits and much more, only a few steps away from the action the show rings.
Activities included the Laughing Pizza Family Band; the Bellini Family Circus & Friends; magic by the Amazing Zola; face painting by Ruby; llamas, pigs, ponies and more from Long Island Livestock; and a birds of prey demonstration from the Wildlife Center of the Hamptons.
Children’s events throughout the week were presented by My Playful Gardens, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation, ASPCA, the New York Wolf Conservation Center, the Children’s Museum of the Hamptons and Erik’s Reptile Edventures. Stony Brook Medicine also hosted kid-friendly activities and a skit called “Mission Nutrition.”
On Monday, five rescued horses that the ASPCA brought for adoption made themselves the stars of the Hampton Classic. Jill Rappaport, the popular “Today Show” reporter, along with riders Georgina Bloomberg, Hayley Barnhill and Anna McKnight, presented the horses to the crowd assembled at the Anne Aspinall Ring. This marked the third consecutive year that the Hampton Classic hosted the ASPCA to have animals available for adoption at the show. “Horses need to have a bigger home than a dog or a cat, but it takes the same size heart to adopt a horse as it does to adopt a dog or a cat,” said Rappaport.
The Hampton Classic also hosted the championship finals for the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities, with riders in three divisions competing for year-end titles. In the advanced independent division, Todd Pritscher, 30, of Yaphank, NY, riding Robin Hood, won the championship over Joe Penzel, 19, of Huntington, NY, riding Diamond. In the beginner independent division, Tiffany Kahles, 18, of East Meadow, NY, riding Gryffindor, won the championship over Harley Powell, of East Orange, NJ, on Dippin’ Dots. In the beginner with aides division, Allison Ekberg, 11, of Levittown, NY, riding Remo, won the championship over Alexandria Economou, 21, of Melville, NY, riding Patra.
The Hampton Classic would not be complete without celebrity sightings throughout the week. Those attending this year included Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Diana Taylor, Julianne Moore, Kelly Ripa, Jerry Seinfeld, Lorne Michaels, Aida Turturro, Rosanna Scotto, Jill Rappaport, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan, Jill Zarin, James Lipton, David Yurman, Steven Klein, Waynescot Lukas and Gene Cornish of the sixties rock group, The Rascals.
For those who couldn’t make it to the Hampton Classic, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, broadcast up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can be found on line at www.wvvh.tv.
All classes held in the Grand Prix Ring, and most of the Classic’s other classes, were available live throughout the horse show on webcasts provided by ShowNet. These may still be found on the Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com, or via ShowNet membership at www.ShowNet.biz.
Two additional outlets, the USEF Network.com, presented by SmartPak, and HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, offered free live webcasts of the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix. These webcasts are available at www.USEFNetwork.com and www.HRTV.com<http://www.hrtv.com/.
Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show is available at the Hampton Classic website at www.HamptonClassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.
Press Release provided by Classic Communications
Photos from the 2012 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday
Posted September 9th, 2012. Add a comment
We’re in the process of uploading photos from yesterday’s Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday! Scroll down for a preview or click here for the full gallery!
Photos from the 2012 Hampton Classic Grand Prix Sunday
Posted September 3rd, 2012. Add a comment
WHAT: 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show Grand Prix Sunday
WHEN: Sunday, September 2, 2012
Horse Show runs Sunday, August 26 through Sunday, September 2, 2012
WHERE: 240 Snake Hollow Road
FEATURES: The Hampton Classic Horse Show draws many of the world’s top horses and riders, including Olympic, World Cup and World Championship veterans. Headlining this year’s field is defending Grand Prix champion and two-time U.S. Olympic team Gold Medalist McLain Ward.
The featured attraction of the Hampton Classic is the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, one of the most highly anticipated show-jumping classes in the country and a World Cup Qualifier, gaining valuable points for riders hoping to qualify for the 2013 Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The $10,000 Hermès Hunter Classic for junior and amateur-owner riders tops off a week of outstanding hunter competition. Another highlight of Grand Prix Sunday is the $25,000 David Yurman Show Jumping Derby.
The line-up of celebrities who have attended in the past includes Alec & Billy Baldwin, Candace Bergen, Christie Brinkley, Kate Capshaw, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, Robert Duvall, Katherine Hellman, Mariel Hemingway, Bianca Jagger, Billy Joel, Mick Jones, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Caroline Kennedy, Calvin Klein, Kelly Klein, Matt Lauer, Ralph Lauren, Susan Lucci, Joan Lunden, Elle MacPherson, Kelsey Grammer, Chynna, Bijou & Mackenzie Phillips, Stefanie Powers, Randy Quaid, Chuck Scarborough, Steven Spielberg, Bruce Springsteen, Martha Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Kathleen Turner, Robert Wagner, and Tom Wolfe.
Press release provided by Classic Communications
Posted August 31st, 2012. Add a comment
Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t had a chance to write much lately…this past month has been crazy busy (in a good way), but I wanted to take a few minutes to update you on what we’ve got coming up!
First of all, can you believe the summer is almost over?! Where did the time go?! While we are all sad to soon be saying goodbye to the warm weather and the parties under the tents, we still have one more big Hamptons event lined up!
The 37th annual Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton runs through Sunday, September 2 and features world-class show jumping competition, as well as magnificent shopping and a variety of entertainment attractions. The Classic features six show rings with 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 all 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 and Society-In-Focus will be there to capture all the goings-on in the VIP tent, especially the crazy hats! The Grand Prix, open to horses that successfully complete Friday’s $50,000 Spy Coast Farm/Young Horse Show Series Grand Prix Qualifier, features Olympians, World Champions and other show jumping veterans, such as defending champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward. This year, the Grand Prix is part of the new Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge which awards a $200,000 bonus should the same horse-and-rider combination win the $100,000 Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon, $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic, and $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix at the Alltech National Horse Show. Ward won the Wells Fargo Grand Prix of Devon on Antares F in May and now stands to win the $200,000 bonus should he ride Antares F to wins in the remaining two events in the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.
Scroll down to see some of our photos from last year’s Grand Prix Sunday and check back to see whose smiling faces we capture this year and who wins the competition!