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What to Expect During the Opening Days at the Classic “We are very excited about the schedule of events we have planned for Sunday and Monday, August 29 and 30,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. “Whether you come on these days for the competition, the exciting events, the shopping, or just to enjoy a stroll around our beautiful show grounds, you will not be disappointed!” At this year’s opening ceremony, the National Anthem and “God Bless America” will be performed by international recording artist Cristina Fontanelli, well known for her many appearances on television, radio, and in concerts and operas. She has performed in major concert halls throughout the U.S. and the world. Opening Day at the Hampton Classic will feature hundreds of riders from the Long Island area. The popular leadline event , where approximately 100 competitors as young as two years old, will compete in the horse show’s Grand Prix ring before the opening ceremony at noon. Headlining Opening Day is the $20,000 Nicolock Time Challenge, a competition that debuted at the Classic in 2003, beginning at 1:00 p.m. More than thirty top show jumping riders and horses are expected to compete in this popular speed jumping class. Last year, Hillary Dobbs won the class on Marengo for the second year in a row. Animal lovers won’t want to miss Cesar Millan, who will be at the show to sign autographs and take photos on Opening Day from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. near the stage in the Kids’ Area. Dr. Emily Weiss, the ASPCA’s Animal Behaviorist, will also be on

hand at the ASPCA Patio to answer questions about animal behavior from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Visitors can also participate in “Ask the Horse Vet” with Dr. Pamela Corey, of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement and Director of Equine Medicine, at the ASPCA Patio, also from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Between 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. the ASPCA will also present a Parade of Adoptable Horses, featuring horses from a local rescue group. Natural Horsemanship trainer Sonny Garguilo will be featured in the opening day ceremonies and exhibitions, which begin in the Grand Prix ring at 12:00 noon. Garguilo, of Elmont, NY, has been practicing natural horsemanship for many years, and is a popular instructor and clinician throughout New York and the east coast. His gentle and non-aggressive training methods concentrate on the harmony of horse and rider. While there is no show jumping competition on Monday, August 30, the Classic will once again host the Finals of the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities. Also on Monday, August 30, the ASPCA will hold its first annual “ASPCA Adoption Day,” which will focus on the issue of homeless horses at risk from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Four local animal shelters and four local horse rescue groups will have rescued animals available for adoption. Celebrity VIP Hosts for this event include Georgina Bloomberg, top rider and the ASPCA’s Equine Welfare Ambassador, and Jill Rappaport, “Today” show animal welfare correspondent and best-selling author. Top riders, such as

Brianne Goutal, will also be stopping by to meet and ride a rescued horse. From 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dr. Pamela Corey will be on hand to answer equine health and wellness questions as well as Jacque Schultz, ASPCA Equine Grants Officer, who will address how the ASPCA Equine Fund helps rescues and sanctuaries across the country sustain their lifesaving programs. There will also be a special appearance by Warriors Way, a former racehorse who now enjoys a successful career as a winning show horse. Also on Monday, Dr. Emily Weiss will present her interactive equine behavior workshop, “How to Think Like a Horse - Harnessing the Power of Positive Reinforcement” with her VIP assistants, Bloomberg and Goutal, from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. In addition, spectators are invited to come and watch horses and riders in schooling sessions, and to shop in the Boutique Garden or visit the Exhibition Tent. There is no admission charge on Monday. For those of you who can’t make it to the show grounds, WVVH-TV, the official Long Island television station of the Hampton Classic, will broadcast up to five hours of competition and highlights each day during the Classic. These broadcasts can also be seen online at www.wvvh.tv. For more information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show, please visit the Hampton Classic website at www.hamptonclassic.com or call (631) 5373177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501.c.3 charitable corporation.

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