Gorgeous Photos From Opening Day At The Hamptons' Biggest Horse Show

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Photo: Jeff Cully/EEFAS

The annual Hampton Classic, one of the biggest show jumping contests in the U.S., kicked off Sunday in Bridgehampton.The weeklong event draws around 1,600 competitors from around the world, all vying for some $700,000 in prize money. It all leads up to the main event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup Qualifier, which takes place on the final day of competition, Sept. 2.

But the Hampton Classic is a whole lot more than just a horse show. It’s one of the biggest events on the Hamptons social calendar. And with the grand finale taking place labour Day weekend, it’s one of the last events of the summer.

Our friend Jeff Cully at East End Fine Arts Services will be sending us daily updates from the Hampton Classic, keeping an eye on everything from the competition to the fashion and shopping. Click through to see his first batch of photos from Opening Day, and check back daily for more.

The 37th annual Hampton Classic kicked off Sunday. The crowds will be bigger next weekend, when the major contests take place.

Even so, things looked pretty busy.

The competitions take place in six rings and draw around 1,600 riders from around the world.

Three riders in the weeklong competition came straight from the London Olympics.

There were two major contests on Opening Day; the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge and the $50,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby.

There are ton of sponsors of the event, and their brands are well-represented. Here's Corcoran's scoreboard.

Car sponsors include Jaguar and Land Rover.

Aside from watching the horse-jumping competitions, people come to the Hampton Classic to shop.

You can buy everything from riding boots to jewelry.

But the horses are really the highlight.

Around $700,000 in prize money is handed out during the week.

There are more than 100 contests scheduled, including jumper, hunter, equitation, short stirrup and leadline classes.

Tickets to the Classic are $10 a day, or $20 with a car.

The Hampton Classic isn't the only major equestrian event out east.

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