More than 800 horses compete at Cleveland Metroparks Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic, now in its 42nd year. Many of the nations top four-legged athletes twist, turn, and leap high hurdles in various competitions over the next four days. It all culminates in Sundays Grand Prix, which offers a $50,000 prize. We have amateurs to Olympic-caliber riders, says co-chair Gail Tobin. Its for people of all ages and for horses and ponies of all sizes.
Judges hand out awards for training, execution, and riding. Youll even see five-foot jumps at Sundays bash. This is a historic legacy weve carried, says Tobin. Were the only show within the region offering this high level.
In addition to all of the bit-and-bridle action, visitors can adopt a cat, pet pretty ponies, and check out dog-agility contests. Kids can even saddle up for a gallop around the grounds. More than anything, says Tobin, We really want to educate people about the equestrian sport. There is no other horse show of this caliber.
July 19-22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.