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Hampton Classic Horse Show ends with $300G Grand Prix

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Celebrities and elite riders turned out despite on-and-off rain for the final day of the 42nd annual Hampton Classic Horse Show on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Bridgehampton. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, model Brooke Shields and "Real Housewife" Jill Zarin were among the VIPs in attendance. Credit: Randee Daddona

The 42nd annual Hampton Classic Horse Show wrapped up Sunday in Bridgehampton, drawing celebrities and elite riders alike for the final day of competition.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, model Brooke Shields, actress/celebrity twin Mary-Kate Olsen and “Real Housewife” Jill Zarin were among the VIPs in attendance for the last day of the eight-day show.

“I’m very excited to be at the Hampton Classic this year,” Zarin said. “I’ve had a very horrible summer and I didn’t think I would make it . . . but I can go out with my friends and it’s all good.”

The final Sunday of the Classic included the $30,000 Longines Rider Challenge and the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix.

“It is world-class show jumping with the best level of horses and riders from around the world,” Classic spokesman Marty Bauman said. “We have about a dozen countries competing here: Olympic medalists, the reigning World Cup champion — the absolute best that show jumping has to offer.”

Daniel Bluman, who rides Ladriano Z for Israel, won the Grand Prix — the richest prize in the week of competition.

“I feel very happy,” he said. “It’s one of the most important ones in North America. It’s a great win.”

Brianne Goutal, a New York City resident who won second place in the Grand Prix on her horse, Nice De Prissey, said, “I just love coming to this show.”

“It really just puts an ending to our summer in a very important way.”

Rain showers in the morning and throughout the day didn’t deter riders or event officials, who said competition would carry on, regardless of weather.

Once a small, informally judged horse competition, the Classic has developed international recognition as one of the premier shows in the equestrian world. About 9,000 people attended on Sunday, with an estimated 50,000 attendees for the eight-day show, Bauman said.

The event includes hunter and jumper competitions, featuring six show rings and riders of all skill levels vying for prizes.

With Rachelle Blidner

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