- Horses do the hunting and jumping thing.
The Hunter Jumper Classic is about more than just hunting and jumping. The weekend event features equestrian competitions, dog agility trials, horse and dog relay races, and a fashion show -- with people, not horses, modeling upscale women's clothing.
But the crowning event of the show is the Grand Prix set for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. It features dozens of the best riders from across the globe competing in a series of jumps, with a $40,000 purse earmarked for the winner. "It's Olympic-caliber show jumping, with fences ranging to five-foot heights," says spokesperson Betty Weibel.
Saturday is Family Day, with a full slate of crafts and activities, including pony rides and a stick-horse competition. There's also the "horseless horse show," in which kids participate in their own hunting and jumping classic, without the horse. The Hunter Jumper Classic takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field (Route 78 and Chagrin River Road, at South Chagrin Reservation in Moreland Hills). Admission ranges from $3 to $10. Call 440-247-7075 for more information. -- Sarah Coleman
Belles & Strikes
The Cleveland Comets have a soft spot for hardball.
The best women's softball hurlers can turn major-league sluggers into hacking lumps of linguine, so imagine what they'd do with hardballs. The Cleveland Comets women's baseball team provides a glimpse. Created last winter, the Comets are playing catch-up with more established teams from the region -- though they went undefeated in two games against the Detroit Danger, bolstered by pitcher Kathrine Gurley. "She's a young'un, and she can zip it," says left fielder Tammy Johnson. The Comets take on the Manitoba Taffy in a double-header at 11 a.m. Saturday and a single game Sunday at 10. The free games take place at Southview High School (2270 East 42nd Street in Lorain). Spectators and players are welcome; call 877-299-3232. -- Erich Burnett