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JUNE 2020 Vol. 1, Issue No. 7

2020 Hampton Classic Horse Show Cancelled

COVID-19 Pandemic Forces Event’s First Cancellation

Bridgehampton, NY – June 5, 2020 – The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of this year’s Hampton Classic Horse Show. The Hampton Classic, one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian events, would have been celebrating its 45th year in late August at its world- class show grounds in Bridgehampton, NY. The Hampton Classic will return in 2021, August 29 - Sep- tember 5. “It is difficult to express how disappointing this is for everyone,” said Shanette Cohen, Executive Director of the Hampton Classic. “However, given the current situation and the uncertainty that lies ahead, our Board reached the conclusion that there really is no other op- tion.”

“Naturally, the safety

and well-being of our ex- hibitors, and everyone in- volved with the Classic, takes first priority and the Board is unanimous in its belief that the wisest course of action is to put all our ef- forts and resources into en- suring that the Classic is able to return next year at the same high standard that everyone expects.” One of the largest out-

door horse shows in the U.S., the Hampton Classic is a premier destination for

Mario Deslauriers and Bardolina (c) Shawn McMillen

many of the world’s best show jumping riders vying for top prize money and ti- tles. The show features six show rings, a high-end Bou- tique Garden with more than 70 vendors, and a wide se- lection of dining options, all on its spectacular 60-acre show grounds. The show hosts more than 200 classes

of competition for horses and riders of all ages and abilities ranging from lead- line all the way up to the grand prix show jumping. The Classic also has compe- titions for riders with dis- abilities.] “I want to thank

Longines, NetJets, Land Rover, Mane ‘n Tail, and

Hermès and all our sponsors for their continued support,” Cohen added. “Without the ongoing support of our sponsors, patrons and ex- hibitors, we would not be able to maintain the Classic as the world-class event that has come to mean so much to so many. On behalf of the Board, I offer all our sup-

porters our deepest thanks and appreciation.” For more information,

please visit the Hampton Classic website at or call (631) 537-3177. Hampton Classic Horse Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation.

NAL Alters Rankings Policy for 2019/2020 Season

Annville, PA – May 21, 2020 – In light of the changes to the horse show season caused by the Coron- avirus pandemic, the North Ameri- can League (NAL) is altering its policy on how riders may earn points for the 2019/2020 season. Riders can show in as many

classes as they like but will be able to count their best 8 shows towards the national standings and best 5 shows for the West Coast standings. The NAL season runs from

September 1 to August 31. Finals are still scheduled for the West Coast at the International Jumping

Festival, hosted by Blenheim Equi- Sports, in San Juan Capistrano, CA, September 16-20 with National Fi- nals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, Oc- tober 8-17. NAL qualifying classes are open to all competitors, but only current members are awarded points. By joining the NAL, riders can accumulate the points necessary to qualify Annual memberships are only $40 per rider. “Given the changes to the

horse show world, we feel that this is the fairest way to move forward,” said Annette Longenecker of Rye-

gate Show Services which produces the NAL. “As horse shows return to action, we think this policy for the balance of this season is in every-

one’s best interest.” For more information regard-

ing the North American League se- ries please call (717) 867-5643, email to or visit Follow us on Facebook at https://www.face- If you ride at any horse shows

not offering NAL classes, speak with show management today! North American • League - NAL • NAL@rye-


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