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Hampton Classic adds prize money

Peter Lutz rides 'Turbo R' in the Nicolock

Peter Lutz rides 'Turbo R' in the Nicolock Time Challenge during the Hampton Classic in Bridgehampton on Sunday. Credit: Newsday/Photo by Ed Betz

The Hampton Classic, a weeklong event that regularly brings 1,200 horses and tens of thousands of people to Bridgehampton at the end of summer every year, is getting a little bigger.

The Classic, for its 36th season, is adding a $50,000 U.S. Hunter Jumper Association prize, putting up a new VIP tent next to its Jumper Ring II and opening its $10,000 Hermes Hunter Classic competition to amateur-owner competitors as well as to junior and amateur-owner competitors who jump at the lower 3’6” level, which will allow every amateur rider to compete in a rated division.

The Classic, scheduled for Aug. 28 to Sept. 4, will finish with its $250,000 FTI Grand Prix, an event that regularly draws world-class competitors and members of the U.S. Olympic Team.

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