The Hampton Classic to be spotlighted on a special edition of the Because of Horses Podcast Friday, Aug. 23
The Hampton Classic, one of the largest and most prestigious outdoor horse shows in the U.S., has attracted world-class horses and riders for over 40 years. The show offers something for everyone, from the most avid horse lover to their non-horsey friends and family, including a children’s area and unrivaled boutique shopping. Long regarded as the official ‘end of summer’ gala, the Hampton Classic is an iconic event on the Hamptons social calendar.
On this special episode, Olympic Gold Medalists Joe Fargis and Peter Wylde will join Longines FEI World Cup™ Finals competitors Georgina Bloomberg and Kelli Cruciotti to reminisce and share their fondest Hampton Classic memories and explain why the show is such an important fixture on the calendar. They will be joined by Chief Press Officer Marty Bauman, president and owner of Classic Communications, an equestrian focused event management, marketing and public relations firm who has worked on the show for many years.
Joe Fargis is one of the greats of show jumping. He trained under the legendary Bertalan de Nemethy and is perhaps best known for his partnership with the Thoroughbred mare Touch of Class, with whom he won the individual and team gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He also won the team silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics with Mill Pearl. Joe was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 2007 and was awarded the US Equestrian Federation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
US Olympian, trainer and youth mentor Peter Wylde is one of the most well-respected horsemen in the sport of show jumping, not just for his extensive competitive success but also his commitment to the education of both amateurs and juniors. Peter is best known for his partnership with Turnabout Farms’ Fein Cera, who he rode to the individual bronze and the Best Horse award at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, and the team gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Peter is a three-time grand prix winner at the Hampton Classic.
Georgina Bloomberg is a native New Yorker and international show jumper who grew up competing all along the east coast. She made her FEI World Cup Final debut in 2005 and was a member of the winning team in the Samsung Super League Nation’s Cup in France. Georgina was a member of the bronze medal-winning Pan American Games team in 2015 and competed in Gothenburg, Sweden in this year’s Longines FEI World Cup Finals. She is a noted philanthropist, focusing particularly on issues related to animal welfare.
Kelli Cruciotti is an emerging star in U.S. show jumping, currently ranked 26th in the country by the United States Equestrian Federation, and a 2020 Olympic hopeful. Kelli enjoyed a storied junior career, with success in all three rings and a win at the coveted 2015 USEF/Pessoa Medal Finals, but today show jumping has become her main passion. After turning professional in 2016, Kelli has continued to pile up top results in the jumper ring at such prestigious shows as Devon, Harrisburg, the Hamptons, Capital Challenge, Washington and more. In 2019, she represented the United States in her first Longines FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, finishing 16th on her mare, Hadja Van Orshof.
Because of Horses is the official podcast of the Hampton Classic. This year’s show will be held Aug. 25 through Sept. 1 in Bridgehampton, New York. For more information about the Hampton Classic click here.
About Because of Horses
Each week, Elise Gaston Chand connects the horse world with informative and entertaining conversations about horses, horse-people and the equestrian life. Because of Horses is the horse-lover’s podcast for listeners worldwide, sharing notable equestrians’ personal stories, challenges, triumphs and expert insights, as well as timely topics and exciting event information from around the globe. Because of Horses is an American Horse Publications award winner and is the official podcast of the Hampton Classic.