Classic Horse Show returns to Mt. Hood

The Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show returns for the 11th time Wednesday through Sunday, June 12-16. One of the most popular and prestigious shows of its kind in the Northwest, the Classic will draw more than 400 of the region’s top hunter/jumpers to the site, near the community of Mt. Hood, at Jensen Mills Meadow in the heart of the Hood River Valley.

Outstanding horses and riders from throughout the Northwest — and beyond — will be on hand for the event. The Hood River Classic is a benefit for the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation. It’s also a sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival, and is A-rated by USA Equestrian.

Exhibitors come from many communities throughout Oregon and Washington. Horses and riders are also due from Idaho, Montana, California and British Columbia. Applications have come in from as far away as Mississippi.

Riders will compete for cash purses and for quality product prizes. The show features the $10,000 Hood River Inn Grand Prix, and boasts five days of continuous action. During the show, vendors will be offering a wide variety of gourmet and home-style food and beverages, specialty items, and clothing and equipment. No admission fee is charged to attend the Classic on Wednesday and Thursday.

General admission is $2 per person or $5 per car, Thursday through Sunday. A limited number of patron tickets, which include open admission to the show, reserved seating in a canopied patron area with refreshments, a Friday evening Northwest Salmon Bake, and Sunday Grand Prix Gala featuring appetizers provided by Hood River’s finest restaurants, are available for $65.

For general information about the Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper show call 354-2009, or check the show website at www.hoodriverclassic.com

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