Hunter Derby at The Hampton Classic © 2012 Claudia Ward
For decades now, The Hampton Classic Horse Show has been on Snake Hollow Road not quite a stone's throw away from where we live but close enough that we can hear the announcers when the wind is right early in the morning.
Opening Day at The Hampton Classic © 2012 Claudia Ward
The Classic moved to Snake Hollow Road in 1982 and in the time since then and until last year, I'd only been to the Classic once when a friend had VIP tickets; Peter, however, had been several times with friends and family.
The Jump at The Hampton Classic © 2012 Claudia Ward
Last year, having been in Saratoga Springs earlier in August, Peter and I'd caught the bug for watching horses race and jump, so we decided to attend the Classic. We both were hooked. We never knew the Classic was so affordable, and in fact assumed it wouldn't be. It's always touted as one of THE social events of "The Hamptons" summer season so how could it be affordable. Well it is. It's $10.00 per person and $20.00 per carload - for hours of entertainment, fresh air, and sun, that's an incredible value.
Rounding a Corner at The Hampton Classic © 2012 Claudia Ward
Peter and I went last year, shot hundreds of images, and swore we'd return this year to shoot what we really loved about this remarkable event rather than all of the "tourist shots". And so, we attended yesterday, the opening day, of eight days of events on the Snake Hollow grounds.
White Hunter at The Hampton Classic © 2012 Claudia Ward
We're armed with the gear we have, which may not be fancy but it's tried and true, and generally reliable, and, naturally, our iPhones. We plan on returning for the early morning classes with specific lenses to really see what images we might capture. In the meantime, these are the images I caught on my iPhone when Peter borrowed my "real" camera.
Hunter Competition at The Hampton Classic © 2012 Claudia Ward
Note: All of these images were processed on the iPhone with the app "Snapseed"; although most, if not all, were taken with the app "Camera Zoom".