Is­raeli Wins $300K Grand Prix Prize in Stun­ning Up­set at 42nd An­nual Hampton Clas­sic Horse Show

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The 42nd an­nual Hampton Clas­sic Horse Show con­cluded this Sun­day Septem­ber 3, 2017 at 240 Snake Hol­low Road in Bridge­hamp­ton with fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin­ning at 12 PM. The show which ran from Au­gust 27-Septem­ber 3 is renowned both for be­ing one of the largest out­door shows and for host­ing the most il­lus­tri­ous spec­ta­tors with past at­ten­dees in­clud­ing Bruce Spring­steen, Jen­nifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara and many oth­ers. Three years ago I at­tended this event for the first time and was awestruck by the elab­o­rate sar­to­rial at­tire and de­tailed ta­ble set­tings of this os­ten­ta­tious af­fair. The clas­sic has of­fi­cially been run­ning for over 75 years but it can be traced back to the 1900s when it was called the Southamp­ton Horse Show. Af­ter be­ing sus­pended dur­ing the World Wars and re­in­stated in the 70's, the show which in­cludes more than 50,000 spec­ta­tors and 1,600 thor­ough­breds re­ceived the cov­eted Her­itage Com­pe­ti­tion Sta­tus in 2009-the sec­ond horse show ever to ac­com­plish this feat. For the past three decades, top horse rid­ers have con­gre­gated in the lush Hamp­tons to com­pete with fel­low rid­ers for the cov­eted Grand Prix prize. This year there was a stun­ning up­set as Daniel Bluman, the 27-year-old rider born in Colom­bia, beat out both six-time Hampton Clas­sic Grand Prix win­ner McLain Ward, and leg­endary Amer­i­can rider Bri­anne Goutal. Bluman out-per­formed both in a three-horse-jump-off and grabbed the $300,000 prize. Upon his stun­ning up­set Bluman took off his hel­met and gal­loped on the field while pump­ing his fists in the air as the nor­mally staid Hamp­tons crowd re­sponded with rap­tur­ous ap­plause. Bluman who was born in Medellin, Colom­bia has long held dual cit­i­zen­ship with both Colom­bia and Is­rael through his mother Orly Bluman who hails from Is­rael. In De­cem­ber 2016, Bluman, who had rep­re­sented Colom­bia in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions for 8 years, de­cided to com­pete un­der the flag of Is­rael. At the time he com­mented, "I love Is­rael and I love ev­ery­thing that it means. I have al­ways been very close to Is­rael. I went to He­brew school grow­ing up, and my grand­fa­ther, who is a Holo­caust sur­vivor, was three years in Auschwitz." One of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors in Bluman's de­ci­sion might have been his mar­riage to Ariel Ep­stein this past year, an ama­teur rider who also rep­re­sents Is­rael in com­pe­ti­tion. What­ever his mo­ti­va­tion, de­cid­ing to rep­re­sent Is­rael has cer­tainly been a lucky charm for Bluman who beat three-time Olympic win­ner Ward-one of the best rid­ers in jump­ing his­tory. This aus­pi­cious afternoon was the third time this week that Bluman, rid­ing his horse Ladri­ano Z, has gal­loped off the field with a vic­tory lap-tell Roger Waters that as­so­ci­at­ing with Is­rael is a good thing. I don't want to con­clude that di­vine prov­i­dence was in­volved but it seems noteworthy that Bluman's de­ci­sion to rep­re­sent Is­rael co­in­cides with a dra­matic change in for­tune. Enough about horses, this event is also one of the pre­mier so­ci­ety events of the sum­mer with celebri­ties and so­cialites gath­er­ing in their best threads to say good­bye to the Hamp­tons so­cial sea­son. This year was a bit un­der at­tended as guests an­tic­i­pated rain for an afternoon that turned out beau­ti­fully. None­the­less, nu­mer­ous lu­mi­nar­ies such as Brooke Shields, Christy Turling­ton, Madonna, Mary Kate Olsen, Don Lemon and count­less "House­wives" joined mega-moguls Howard Lor­ber, Ziel Feld­man, Lyor Co­hen and Michael Bloomberg to en­joy the afternoon's fes­tiv­i­ties. Also in at­ten­dance was Southamp­ton's coun­tert­er­ror­ism unit which dis­pensed its elite se­cu­rity de­tail to pro­tect the il­lus­tri­ous crowd. Lest you think the lo­ca­tion of the ta­bles at this event is the hap­haz­ard choice of some ab­sent-minded party plan­ner, I will let you know the seat­ing is con­ducted with metic­u­lous de­tail paid to so­cial sta­tus and mon­e­tary dis­burse­ment. Even the VIP tent you are placed in is a piv­otal de­ci­sion-if you are con­fined to the less de­sir­able tent you might not be pulling your weight in so­ci­ety. The front ta­bles host most of the bil­lion­aires and con­tain the best food and ta­ble de­signs. While the Hampton's clas­sic pro­vides linens and cen­ter­pieces for each ta­ble many pa­trons bring their own decor which must abide by Hampton's guide­lines which pro­hibit ad­di­tional chairs, dense cen­ter­pieces and pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als. In the su­per se­lec­tive Hamp­tons no de­tail is too small for con­sid­er­a­tion. I saw one mega-mogul, whose name I will not men­tion, threaten to fire one of the wait­ers for pro­vid­ing less than ad­e­quate ser­vice - when you shell out big bucks you de­serve top rate re­sults. If you are cu­ri­ous as to the cost of a VIP ta­ble, ta­bles are only avail­able as part of an over­all spon­sor­ship pack­age - en­ter­ing the Hampton's hi­er­ar­chy is no easy task. Thank­fully, I had the op­por­tu­nity to speak with some of the lu­mi­nar­ies in­clud­ing su­per­model Christy Turling­ton. Turling­ton who showed up in an un­der­stated black sweat­shirt and khaki pant com­bi­na­tion said she felt un­der­dressed and com­mented that she knows noth­ing about to­day's crop of su­per­mod­els since she is in­volved full time with her char­ity "Ev­ery Mother Counts", which pro­vides ma­ter­nal health­care all over the world. Turling­ton is also busy train­ing for her sev­enth marathon. An­other low key at­tendee was Donna Karan who showed up in some of her own Ur­ban Zen de­signs to watch the com­pe­ti­tion. She jok­ingly com­mented that she al­ways wears the same kind of cloth­ing pre­fer­ring com­fort above ev­ery­thing. As the afternoon be­gan to wind down, I spot­ted co­me­dian and ca­ble news re­porter Bill McCuddy, who has been com­ing to this event for ten years, to watch his daugh­ter ride and see where his money goes. McCuddy was sit­ting near Michael Bloomberg who also came to watch daugh­ter Ge­orgina Bloomberg par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion as pho­tog­ra­phers ex­cit­edly snapped away. The afternoon which usu­ally lasts un­til 4:00 PM con­cluded at the early hour of 2:45 PM with guests lin­ger­ing to cherish the last mo­ments of the busy so­cial sea­son.

An­drea Wer­nick, Randi Schatz, Paola Bac­chini, Colleen Rein and Suzan Kre­mer

Laura Lan­dro, Diana Tay­lor and Michael Bloomberg (Credit for all photos: Lieba Ne­sis)

Writer and pho­tog­ra­pher Lieba Ne­sis with Jean Shafiroff and Jill Zarin

Glenn Myles and Bill McCuddy

Peter Faucetta and Maryann Zuckaria

CNN An­chor Don Lemon

Su­per­model Christy Turling­ton

Brooke Shields and daugh­ter Grier

Joe Con­nelly and Tracy Brox­meyer

Donna Karan

Jewish Voice so­ci­ety, fash­ion & en­ter­tain­ment re­porter Lieba Ne­sis files a live re­port from the 42nd An­nual Hampton Clas­sic Horse Show

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