Notoriety appears to be short-lived right here, too, to choose by the looks of Matt Lauer, the previous NBC co-anchor, on the Hampton Classic on Wednesday morning, a day of close to Biblical rain. Despite having been, as Mr. Robbins stated, “socially exorcised” from the Hamptons after his dismissal from NBC in 2017 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, there was Mr. Lauer grinning broadly beneath a Yankees cap as his ex-wife, Annette Roque, took pictures of their 15-year-old daughter, Romy, within the present ring.
Contradictions, in spite of everything, are as important a component of the Hamptons as candy corn and farm stand tomatoes at $6 a pound. And the tales nonetheless instructed of proficient however impecunious riders scrapping their approach to the Classic on the again of some gifted nag found in a barnyard appear greater than ever like fantasy.
“Everything about it is costly,” Kevin Babington, a number one rider stated Thursday morning.
After education his award-winning Irish chestnut gelding, Mr. Babington dismounted in a tent put aside for high riders and handed him off to a groom. Son of the house owners of a small division retailer in County Tipperary, Ireland, Mr. Babington expressed the identical amazement a neophyte to the horse world may really feel that one in every of humankind’s oldest pursuits has advanced into one in every of its costliest.
Bodily dangers apart, Mr. Babington added, the game is clearly not for the faint of coronary heart. Consider, he stated, the $four,000 month-to-month charges charged by some barns for boarding; the $1,500 Der Dau boots favored by many riders; an imposing listing of tack-room necessities (bridles, saddles, martingales, girths, blankets, coolers, fly nets, galloping boots, spurs and crops for a begin); the $300 charges required to enter sure present courses; the $100 it prices to braid a present horse’s mane and tail; and the truth that many horses require new shoeing virtually as typically as Sarah Jessica Parker.
There is, too, the steep price ticket on the animals themselves. In the barn Mr. Babington shared this week with fellow skilled riders there was a couple of horse whose worth exceeded $5 million.
“My kids are just starting to get into the sport,” stated Mr. Babington, who not too long ago swept the highest three locations on the Lake Placid Horse Show. “I asked them, ‘Couldn’t you take up tennis instead?’”