The annual Hampton Classic Horse show
has something for everyone - beautifully set tables,
people watching, horses, and great food
The riders and families in our barn prepared a potluck dinner
for Grand Prix Sunday - country chicken, filet mignon with horseradish sauce, a green salad, pasta,
cheese and charcuterie platter and homemade herbal iced tea
|Gabby Stephenson jogging in to take a ribbon on Friday in the Junior Hunter Classic|
about all this excitement. To be honest, there are hundreds of equestrian events all over the world and many riders of all ages attend dozens each year. What I find particularly interesting at Bridgehampton's Hampton Classic is the amount of non-equestrians that turn out for this annual event.
this year I designed a sunny yellow and blue colored table under the Chalet tent for our barn, Haverhill in Bridgehampton
I opted for a tall vase filled with lemons and Casablanca Lillies, thistle and wild flowers.
Set in a farmer's field transformed each August into a world class equestrian event, the Hampton Classic draws fashion industry sponsors like Fendi and Hermes. Everyone from the local fisherman to the corporations come out to convene on the grassy fields to watch all ages show their horses at their finest. I love horses and that is no secret, but from my interior designer view Grand Prix Sunday is especially fun with all the eye candy under the tents. I love seeing all the creative inspiration when each table, huddled together to watch the Grand Prix (which by the way usually only takes about 30 minutes to finish), is turned out with vibrant colors and festive centerpieces. Some of the best riders in the world arrive in Bridgehampton and over the course of the week qualify to take a coveted spot in the Grand Prix jump off.
I like to photograph my favorite tables, so come take a look:
a regal table over at rider Leah Lane's table.
Her mom and dad brought a fabulous antique equestrian weather vane
they obtained from the original Tavern On The Green
which they hoisted over a bale of hay and jump to create a unique table
My friend Victoria Vandergriff with her
brings a fashionable perspective each year to her table.
This year's hot pink theme was vibrant.who doesn't love hot pink macarons
straight from Ladure as a table centerpiece
with hunters caps topping it off
even down to the individual bottles of pink rose,
the table was well stocked.
more favorites by sponsors, such as:
Hermes brought one of their famous scarf patterns to life draped as a tablecloth.
Check out the parting favors hanging on each chair wrapped in their orange shopping bag
the simplicity of white daisies on a striped tablecloth was divine
the Robbins Wolfe table was pretty in coral and blue.
They are the official caterer at the Hampton Classic
Hamptons Magazine stood out with blue and white
hydrangeas set in Chinese cachepots
some people brought in vintage chairs,
farmhouse tables and the creativity was flowing
local wine vineyard and equestrian stables Wolffer Estates
created a stunning nature inspired table
a dramatic cascade of blue hydrangeas, a local favorite flower,
for the Corcoran real estate table
|Gabby Stephenson competing in the Hermes Derby on Sunday As you can see there were some lovely designs, festive meals and lots of hard working riders and horses|