Charter a Private Jet to The Hampton Classic Horse Show 2017
This August, the 42nd annual Hampton Classic Horse Show returns for a week of world-class show jumping and horse racing. The event kicks off on August 27th and runs until September 3rd, with over 1,600 thoroughbred horses competing for more than $700,000 in prize money. As usual, around 50,000 spectators will join A-list celebrities to enjoy one of America’s largest outdoor horse shows and social events.
History of The Hampton Classic
The Hampton Classic has officially been running for over 75 years, but it can be traced back as far as the 1900s when it was known as the annual Southampton Horse Show. The event was suspended during the World Wars and eventually reinstated in the 70s when it was extended to five days. In 2009, the show was awarded Heritage Competition Status and it’s now one of the largest outdoor horse events in the country, featuring some of the world’s top riders and horses.
Often referred to as The Classic, the show is held at the 65-acre show ground at 240 Snake Hollow Road in Bridgehampton. The highlight is the $300,000 Grand Prix which takes place on the final Sunday. A-list celebrities, socialites, and business leaders including Jon Bon Jovi, Brooke Shields, and Jerry Seinfeld attend and even take part in the show. In 2016, actress Mary-Kate Olsen had four horses in The Classic, while Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica competed in the Open Jumper Division.
2017 Hampton Classic Horse Show Schedule
In 2017 the show will feature over 100 classes of competition for riders and horses of all ages and abilities. The action will take place in six show rings, from approximately 8am to 5pm each day. Guests can also enjoy hunter and jumper classes, designer shopping, and dining at the Farmer’s Market. Here’s the full 2017 schedule, but the top fixtures are as follows:
- Sunday August 27th – the $30,000 Boar’s Head Jumper Challenge and $10,000 Marders Local Hunter Derby, both at 2pm.
- Tuesday August 29th – the $10,000 Brown Harris Stevens 7 and Under Jumpers at 2.30pm.
- Wednesday August 30th – the $10,000 Wölffer Estate Open Jumper, $10,000 7 and Under Jumpers at 9am, and the $10,000 Open Jumper at 1pm.
- Thursday August 31st – the $40,000 SOVARO Speed Stake at 2pm.
- Friday September 1st – the $86,000 Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier at 2pm and the $10,000 SHF Enterprises 7 and Under Jumpers at 8am.
- Saturday September 2nd – the $50,000 Longines Cup at 2pm and the $15,000 Carolex Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.
- Sunday September 3rd– the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix at 1pm and the $25,000 Jumping Derby at 10am.
Tickets to the 2017 event are available from the official website. Tickets cost $10 per person or $35 to $45 on Sunday 3rd and children under six go free. VIP tent tables with waiter service and exclusive views of the show rings are also available. Tables for eight on opening day cost $400, while Grand Prix ringside tables,which come with 14 passes, are on sale for $700.
How to get to The Hampton Classic Horse Show
Once you’ve bought tickets to this year’s Classic, why not fly to the Hamptons in VIP luxury? Air Charter Service is the official sponsor for The Hampton Classic Horse Show, so let us arrange a private jet or helicopter to fly you to the event in A-list celebrity style. We can provide charter flights from any location to one of 20 airports that lie within 50 miles of the show ground, including:
- East Hampton Airport, which is just five miles from the show.
- Francis S Gabreski Airport, 22 miles away.
- Montauk Airport, 27 miles from The Classic.
There are also a number of heliports nearby including:
Flying privately offers the convenience of smoother check-in and fast boarding, as well as amenities like extra luggage room, personal in-flight attendants, and space to work, sleep, dine, and relax. Air Charter Service has a range of luxurious jets and helicopters, from light aircraft suitable for six to eight passengers to heavy jets for parties of up to 19. For the ultimate VIP experience, charter a plane like the Airbus A318 Elite, which has a lounge, bathroom, office, dining area, and bedroom.
Chartering a jet to The Hampton Classic can also be a cost-effective solution, especially if you’re flying in a group. You can contact us for a private plane quote to the Hamptons, but here are some approximate prices for a charter from New York to East Hampton:
- A light jet such as a Cessna Citation CJ3 for up to eight people can cost from $7,700.
- A mid-sized plane like an Embraer Legacy 500 for up to nine people starts at $19,500.
- A heavy jet for 16 plus passengers, like a Bombardier Challenger 850, can cost from $31,000.
Things to do in the Hamptons New York
Located on the Eastern hook of Long Island, just four hours from New York City, The Hamptons has been a popular seaside vacation spot for the rich and famous since the 19th Century. Today, some of America’s richest postcodes can be found in the Hamptons and the area is full of luxury properties including celebrity homes belonging to stars like Jennifer Lopez, Steven Spielberg, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Every summer, vacationers flock to the Hamptons to enjoy its private white-sand beaches, five-star hotels and restaurants, exclusive clubs, and golf courses. Attractions include Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, Montauk Lighthouse, and the Guild Hall. Visitors can enjoy bathing in pristine bays such as Cooper’s Beach, as well as sailing, fishing, or catching a show at the legendary Bay Street Theater.
Top places to stay in the Hamptons
Baron’s Cove in the village of Sag Harbor was voted the best hotel in New York and the Mid-Atlantic in the Condé Nast Reader’s Choice Awards in 2016. The hotel, open year round, has stunning harbor-facing rooms and suites, as well as a heated saltwater pool, tennis court, spa, wellness center, all-American restaurant with stunning harbor views, and free shuttle to the nearby beach. Baron’s Cove embraces the history of the original 1960’s hotel, which boasted prominent guests including John and Elaine Steinbeck, Paul Newman, and Art Garfunkel. In Bridgehampton, the Topping Rose House is a historic 19th Century family home converted into a lavish hotel complete with heated outdoor pool, gym, spa, and critically-acclaimed restaurant serving seasonal farm-to-table dishes.
If you want to join the A-list guests at this year’s Hampton Classic Horse Show, let us arrange a private jet or helicopter charter to whisk you straight to the Hamptons in August.