BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. — Animal Welfare and Adoption Day celebrated its ninth year at the Hampton Classic Monday, welcoming dogs, cats and horses from a variety of animal rescues and shelters on Long Island and beyond.

Participating rescues and shelters included: Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue, North Fork Animal Welfare League, North Shore Animal League America, Omega Horse Rescue, ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption, Rising Starr Horse Rescue, Second Chance Rescue NYC, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, The EQUUS Foundation, The Mustang Heritage Fuondation, The Retired Racehorse Project and The Rider’s Closet.

Equus Foundation “Equustar” and Sponsor of Animal Adoption Day through her Gotham Enterprizes LLC, Grand Prix rider Georgina Bloomberg was on hand greeting visitors, as was fellow Grand Prix rider Brianne Goutal-Marteau, who adopted a pony for her daughter in 2016.

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Bloomberg explained that Animal Welfare and Adoption Day at the Hampton Classic is not only about taking home a cat or a dog, but continuously promoting the idea of adoption at all levels.

“It’s so important that it’s a learning day, it’s not just about taking home a dog or a cat or a horse,” said Bloomberg. “It’s a happy, positive day and every year it’s getting better. For a lot of these rescues, it’s not only about getting animals adopted, but letting people know there are amazing options out there for adopting dogs, cats and horses. It’s about giving these rescues great exposure and educating the public.”

“The Hampton Classic is the perfect venue for these beautiful animals,” said Goutal-Marteau. “It’s the nicest horse show of the summer, arguably of the year, and it draws an amazing group of knowledgeable spectators who are interested in what’s going on.

“Seeing these dogs, cats and horses year after year, you really come to understand that amazing animals come from all walks of life,” Goutal-Marteau continued. “As anyone who has adopted any animal would tell you, there is a gratitude that comes from an animal who has been adopted. My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter dotes on her pony. And he adores her. His name is Mickey Blue Eyes. When Clea runs, he runs. When she stops, he stops. He’s been in the house. He’s just incredible.”

For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call 631-537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

Daily admission to the Hampton Classic is $10 per person (children under six are admitted free) or $20 per carload. Seniors are admitted free Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Saturday (Aug. 31), children under 12 are admitted free and each receives a free pony ride. Parking is free.

Grandstand tickets are still available for the $300,000 DOHA.INC Grand Prix CSI4* on Sunday, Sept. 1, Bucket seating in all sections are $45 per person. Visit www.hamptonclassic.com/grandstand-tickets to book seats.

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