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Hurricane Irene Delays Hampton Classic Kickoff

Organizers of the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Southampton, N.Y., have delayed the start of the competition due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.

The National Weather Service anticipates the Category 2 hurricane will hit the Mid-Atlantic Coast over the weekend. The Hampton Classic was originally slated to begin Sunday, Aug. 28, but the first three days of competition have now been canceled.

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Organizers of the Hampton Classic Horse Show in Southampton, N.Y., have delayed the start of the competition due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.

The National Weather Service anticipates the Category 2 hurricane will hit the Mid-Atlantic Coast over the weekend. The Hampton Classic was originally slated to begin Sunday, Aug. 28, but the first three days of competition have now been canceled.

“Our conversations with the National Weather Service and the town of Southampton’s head of emergency management have made it clear to us that we need to be prepared for hurricane-force winds,” said Shanette Barth Cohen, executive director of the Hampton Classic.

Taking precautionary measures, show staff are disassembling tents and stalls and keeping horses off the grounds until noon on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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Aug. 31 will mark opening day, and the show will run until Sunday, Sept. 4, as planned. Canceled classes will be rescheduled for later in the week.

In the event of serious damage, the show will act as necessary. Updates will be posted on the official website, www.hamptonclassic.com.

 

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