By Lauren Clarke-Bennett & Heather Bryce
For its 40th year the Hampton Classic Horse Show brought a first class event and crowd to Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton. The grounds were abuzz with boutiques from around the globe catering to the horsey set and fashionistas alike. Robbins Wolfe Eventeurs completed yet another stellar job of feeding the discriminating spectators who passed through the main tents and chalets during the entire competition. Hermes Manhasset, the Long Island touchstone of luxury goods, threw its annual chic get-together to show off its newest fashions and again caterers Christopher ‘Robbins’ and Kenneth ‘Wolfe’ served their finest. Generous sponsors that included Citarella, Douglas Elliman, Cablevision, Louis Roederer Champagne, Air Charter Service, American Manhasset, BNB Bank, Hampton Jitney, Brown Harris Stevens, Land Rover and Southampton Hospital were on hand to lend support and host clients and employees at the spectacular event.
The much-anticipated climax and most coveted ticket to the festivities is the Grand Prix, where celebrities and VIPs gather in the main tent to observe the entire weeks culmination of competition, play out in the center ring. Lunch was served at strikingly decorated tables, each designed by individual sponsors and one more original and sumptuous as the next. Chateau d’Esclans, the winemakers behind Hamptonites’ favorite rose, Whispering Angel, offered glasses of their latest and possibly greatest rosé, Rock Angel, to fortunate friends. Equestrian Victoria Colvin rode ‘Way Cool’ to win the Hermes Hunter Classic trophey for $10,000. Then all eyes were on the main event as Karen Polle of Japan flew to victory on ‘With Wings”, winning the $250,000 prize presented by Longines.
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