Hunter-Jumper show brings out region’s best horses

The 12th annual Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show runs today through Sunday.

The Classic will draw more than 400 of the region’s top hunters and jumpers to the show site at Jensen Mills Meadow in the heart of Hood River Valley.

The event will have a special appeal to local green-thumbs. Plants brought in to decorate show rings and common areas during the event will be sold after the Classic. The plants are from a commercial nursery, come in 5-gallon pots, and may include such varieties as junipers, cotoneasters, viburnum, barberry, pine, and nandinas. The plants will be offered to the public for $10 each following the show.

The special plant sale takes place Monday from 1-4 p.m. on the show site, at the intersection of Highway 35 and Leasure Road, 12 miles south of Hood River. The plants will be moved from the show rings to the sale location following the event, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Proceeds support the horse show, which is a benefit for the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation.

The plants may be viewed “at work” prior to the sale by attending the Hood River Classic.

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 and a sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival. Riders will compete for cash purses and for quality product prizes. The show features the $10,000 Hood River Inn Grand Prix.

Competing in the five show rings are horses and riders in more than 50 divisions and 200 classes The action begins at 8 a.m. each day and continues until early evening with numerous special derbies and competitions.

During the show, on-site vendors will be offering a wide variety of gourmet and home-style food, cocktails and other beverages. No admission fee is charged to attend the Classic on today 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 catered Friday evening barbecue, and Sunday Grand Prix are available for $65.

For more information about the show or plant sale call 541-354-2009, or 541-490-8535.

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