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The country's top jumpers and riders hoof it for prestigious horse tourney.

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Ohio equestrian Kelley Corrigan is one of dozens of determined riders who'll compete for the $10,000 prize in this weekend's Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic in Moreland Hills. Other world-class athletes not in contention at the Beijing Olympics next month will also vie for the $50,000 Grand Prix show-jumping trophy. "This is the only event that attracts so many riders and horses of this caliber, all in one place. It's a sport that's always fun to watch, even if you don't know much about it," says Gail Tobin, the competition's organizer. "We will have constant commentary, so you will always know what's going on. We keep everyone in the loop." For spectators who haven't spent much time in the saddle, there will be pony demos, boutique shopping, and kids' games to pass the time between the jumping and riding sessions. The show's "open-stable" environment also allows animal lovers to get a close peek at the horses as they bathe, eat, and play. "The owners take great care of their animals," says Tobin. "This is a sport that thrives on the bond between humans and horses." The competition starts at 8 a.m. daily through Sunday, July 20, at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field, 3841 Chagrin River Road in Moreland Hills. Admission is $5 to $10 (free today and Wednesday). Call 330-903-9915 or visit www.clevelandgrandprix.com.
July 12-20, 8 a.m., 2008

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