Hamptons Happenings: Top Timers and Tables
One of the largest horse shows in the country, the Hampton Classic is in its third decade as the "must do" major closing event of the summer out on the East End.
The week-long competition concluded on Sunday with Longines timers recording Kent Farringon on Zafira as winner of the $250,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix. There were other winners that day, three of them tables judged by Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Editor Kendell Cronstrom.
On each closing afternoon, tables for spectators in the Grand Prix tent are elaborately decorated for the guests who come to watch riders working their way around the course. Ribbons, this year, were awarded to three ringside contenders.
The blue ribbon and trophy designed by Marisa Holzer were presented to Fair Play Farm, done up in roses and pink.
Second runner up Bright Side Farm focused on herbs and burlap.
First runner up, awing passers-by with its elaborate floral mannequins, was the table designed for Marder's.
Guests had a chance to gawk at TV personality Sofia Vergara in the crowd and to greet Mayor Michael Bloomberg who hosted a double table with his friend Diana Taylor. There to watch his daughter Georgina compete, he was able to see her take third place in the finale.
Besides all the show activity with jumpers, hunters, equitation, short stirrup and lead line classes in six show rings, spectators can shop in outdoor booths and snack. Nina Griscom was present, showing off one of the new bags she has designed, carried online and at Gigi in Southampton.
Snapple was passing out samples of mango and lemon flavored ice tea drinks in the children's activity center, and Pizza Luca was selling three flavors of Neapolitan pies that chef Dean Medico cooked up in 60-90 seconds in a wood oven food wagon.
Walking through the tent I tried to pick out my own favorites besides those cited by Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, there were dozens we wanted to congratulate for great creativity and effort. Here are some other scenes we shot.