Preparation, anticipation, and fun were the orders of the day at the Hampton Classic horse show’s Opening Day in Bridgehampton on Sunday, August 25. Besides equestrian events, there was a broad variety of fun for kids.
Holly Orlando, with Cathy Zicherman’s True Story, won the $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby. Stephanie Bulger with Mariano and Romy Lauer with Bonaparte tied as Grand Local Hunter Champions, and Lauer and Bonaparte claimed The Knox School Local Junior Hunter Champion title. Adrienne Sternlicht claimed top spot in the $30,000 Land Rover Jumper Challenge, besting fellow American Molly Ashe-Cawley and Berdien by a mere four one-thousandths of a second.
As usual, the event attracted celebrities like Billy Joel, Michael Bloomberg, Georgina Bloomberg, Donna Karan, and others.