Grand Prix Photos: Hampton Classic

Christie Brinkley stopped by the ASPCA booth with Jill Rappaport and Valerie Angeli

Always a star-studded event, this year’s Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic brought what we’ve all come to expect — hordes of horse lovers and lots of famous faces. Enjoy this selection of notables, courtesy Lisa Tamburini. 

Photos: Grand Prix Sunday at the Hampton Classic


Grand Prix Sunday is my very favorite day at the Classic. It’s the end of the competition, the day that draws the biggest crowds (including lots of celebrities — and a return appearance of Madonna, who was one chalet over from our group), and the most beautifully decorated tabletops ever.

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As if being at the Hampton Classic isn’t special enough, I’ve been fortunate enough to spend considerable time again this year in the rarified air of the chalets. Fancy schmancy.

And then there’s getting to be in the same room and share a quick conversations with horse nobility Georgina Bloomberg (Mayor Bloomberg’s daughter who was ranked one of the 20 “Most Intriguing Billionaire Heiresses” by Forbes magazine) and Jimmy Torano (major Grand Prix and World Cup wins). These two aren’t just ambassadors for equitation, they’re incredibly accomplished equestrians and super duper nice people who do their part to help others. I love finding that out about people in the spotlight.


All photos by Dawn Watson.

Photos: Hampton Classic Day 2

Pups needing their forever home

Monday, August 29, was less about competing and more about adopting at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton. Here are a few photos from the annual ASPCA Adoption & Animal Welfare Day. Thanks for the pix Lisa Tamburini!

On the schedule for today, Tuesday, August 30, it’s back to the Grand Prix, Hunter, Jumper and Anne Aspinall Rings for the horses and riders. In the meantime, here are the top three standings for the $30,000 Longines Leading Rider Challenge so far: Mclain Ward is #1, with a score of 72, Peter Wylde is #2 with a score of 60 and Shane Sweetnam is #3 with a score of 52.5.

Check back tomorrow for more fun photos of the #HamptonClassic.

Photos: Hampton Classic Opening Day

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The Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation’s Grand Prix table for Opening Day at the Hampton Classic. Dawn Watson photos.

The Hampton Classic Horse Show officially kicked off its annual competition yesterday, Sunday, August 28, in Bridgehampton. The premier equestrian event–one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, now well into its third successful decade–will continue through Sunday, September 4. Here are a few of my behind-the-scenes photos of Opening Day.


Jason Alexander Spills Some “Seinfeld” Beans to Howard Stern

Jason Alexander on the Howard Stern Show.

Jason Alexander on the Howard Stern Show.

Much ado has been made of Jason Alexander’s guest appearance on “The Howard Stern Show” on Sirius XM on Wednesday, particularly as it relates to the killing off of his character’s fiancee, Susan, on “Seinfeld.”

First off, I’m a huge fan of the show and I find reason to bring some scenario up from it several times a week. Seriously. And forget about it when I was actually in the presence of Jerry Seinfeld at the Hampton Classic a few years ago. That was super cool. But, I’ve always been bothered about the way they ended the George and Susan engagement. Of course it didn’t leave as bad a taste in my mouth as it did the former NBC executive’s …

I know, that was bad but I just had to.

Now that I know why, and not just because every member of the gang is a bad apple who deserves what they finally got coming to them in the last episode, I find Susan’s demise just a little bit more palatable. Not sure if Heidi Swedberg would feel the same way, however.

The Stern interview also shed some additional light on Alexander’s casting as the world’s most memorable sidekick. Did you know that Nathan Lane (who lives in East Hampton), Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, Chris Rock, Paul Shaffer, Brad Hall, David Alan Grier and Larry Miller were all considered for the role? It’s true.

Listen here for the full interview:

Bloomberg Is The Wealthiest In New York State

Bloomberg Is The Wealthiest In New York State

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who owns Ballyshear–a $20 million Georgian mansion on a 35-acre estate on Whites Lane in Shinnecock Hills–is the wealthiest individual in the state, says the website Wealth-X.
Mayor Bloomberg is the seventh richest person on the list of “Wealthiest Individual In Each U.S. State,” according to information compiled by Wealth-X, which touts itself as “the world’s leading ultra high net worth intelligence provider.”
With an estimated net worth of $21.4 billion, Bloomberg trails behind the nation’s richest man, Bill Gates of Washington, who has an estimated net worth of $70.8 billion. Others ahead of Mayor Mike in the net worth arena include: Warren Buffett ($59.8 billion) of Nebraska, Lawrence Ellison ($ 46.4 billion) of California, David Koch ($41.5 billion) of Kansas–but who also owns a house on Meadow Lane in Southampton, James Walton ($37.1 billion) of Arkansas and Sheldon Adelson ($32.2 billion) of Nevada. Note that this list is only for the wealthiest person in each state, not the total compilation of wealthiest individuals in America–of which Hamptons residents would surely hold a few more spots.
Bloomberg might be loaded but he also gives a whopping amount of money to charity each year, as does Bill Gates, David Koch and most likely nearly everyone on the list. Having met him at a few different events here on the East End, I have to say that he’s also pretty funny and nice, though he does not suffer fools gladly.
I took this photo of Mayor Bloomberg at his table at Grand Prix day at the Hampton Classic this summer. He’s sitting with Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who was his guest that day.