The Gold Cup's return to the area today finds last year's champ, Patty Stovel, defending her title against dozens of rival riders. Each competitor maneuvers a horse over a series of gates; the fastest pockets $100,000 and a chance to compete at the World Cup in Las Vegas next April.
Billed as the country's oldest horse-jumping competition, the Gold Cup debuted in Cleveland in 1970. It relocated to Florida the following year and eventually found a home outside Philadelphia. It moved again last fall when the Metroparks' new field was installed. Says organizer Mike Morrissey: "We're moving from one historic grounds to another, as we bring it back to where it began."
Sun., Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.