BRIDGEHAMPTON, N.Y. — The Hampton Classic Horse Show, which returns to its world-class 65-acre showgrounds in Bridgehampton, N.Y, Aug. 26-Sept. 2, will host its eighth annual Adoption & Animal Welfare Day and 13th annual Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities (LIHSSRD) Finals on Monday, Aug. 27.

The Hampton Classic’s Adoption & Animal Welfare Day has helped hundreds of at-risk dogs, cats, and horses in desperate need of new homes and loving families. Dog and cat rescues will be located in the Kids Area between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Participating rescues include Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, Bideawee, Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue, North Fork Animal Welfare League, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.

Horses available for adoption will be located in Hunter Ring 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. Visitors can meet and mingle with the adoptable horses, including miniature horses, and have the opportunity to meet the EQUUS Foundation's “EQUUStar” Georgina Bloomberg and other Animal Welfare VIPs. Bloomberg, an international show jumping star and long-time animal rights advocate, and her Gotham Enterprizes are again providing support and helping to make this extraordinary event possible. The EQUUS Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of the adoptable horses portion of the day. Participating groups include 13 Hands Equine Rescue, Artemis Farm, Mustang Heritage Foundation, ReRun Thoroughbred Rescue, Retired Racehorse Project, and Rising Starr Horse Rescue.

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Returning to the Hampton Classic for the 13th year is the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities (LIHSSRD) Finals, sponsored by BNB. Classes begin at 10 a.m. in Jumper Ring 2. The LIHSSRD Finals are open to qualifying adult and junior riders from the 2018 Show Series with a documented disability. Three divisions will be included — one for riders requiring the assistance of a leader, one for riders requiring a spotter at the beginner independent level, and one for more advanced independent riders. The most advanced competitors in the Finals will have the opportunity to jump as part of the testing.

Riders will be judged on their performance during each class. Judging criteria consists of rider balance, seat, use of aids, horsemanship, control of horse, ring etiquette, safety, sportsman-like conduct, suitability of the horse/rider match and the position of the rider. Judges may ask for posting trot, sitting trot, and two point position and all USEF beginner tests. Riders who have competed in recognized divisions are ineligible.

“Monday at the Hampton Classic is a particularly special day for us,” said Shanette Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. “Our Adoption & Animal Welfare Day is near-and-dear to our hearts. Pairing homeless animals with new families is an absolute delight and everyone benefits. We are also proud to host the LIHSSRD Finals. It’s an amazing opportunity for riders with disabilities to compete at the same venue as many Olympic veterans. We thank BNB for its continued support and sponsorship of this special event.”

Bring your yoga mat or towel and join us in the Grand Prix ring at 2:30 p.m. for a complimentary ‘Core Fusion’ fitness class with certified personal fitness trainer Christie Hoyt. This low-impact mat fusion class combines pilates, barre and yoga with exercises that will sculpt and tone each major muscle group while focusing on core strength throughout.

Also open on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the Agneta Currey Boutique Garden and Stable Row which host over 80 vendors offering an extensive selection of wares including luxurious women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, jewelry, handbags, handmade shoes and boots, art, automobiles, real estate, antiques, home furnishings, furniture, equestrian apparel, horse saddles and tack, photography, and so much more.

The Hampton Classic’s own shop features signature clothing, souvenirs and the highly-collectible Hampton Classic posters.

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.

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