Tally Ho

Hood River Classic continues to gain favorite status among Northwest riders

The twelfth annual Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show wrapped up a successful five day run on Sunday at Jensen Mills Meadow near Mt. Hood. The popular event drew nearly 400 of the top horses from major barns and hunt clubs throughout the Northwest.

“People really like this show,” said Davinne McKeown-Ellis, information director for the Classic. “They like the welcome they get from the community and they love the site.

“It’s a show people want to come to even if they’re not planning to compete in a lot of other shows. We really get a lot of the top horses and riders because of that.”

Continuous hunter-jumper action took place in the show’s five rings beginning last Wednesday. The show featured about 50 divisions and more than 200 classes, with a large cash purse and numerous quality product prizes.

The show’s Sunday finale, the Hood River Inn Grand Prix with its $10,000 purse, was won by Lady D, owned by Oz Investments/Sequoia Farms of Canby and ridden by Jeff Campf.

Second place went to Aspen Extreme, owned by Margaret Gass and ridden by Megan Gass of Oregon City. Tomas, owned and ridden by Kristen Postill of Vernon, B.C., took third and Neal Carnach, owned and ridden by Sutton Finch of Whitefish, Mont., finished fourth.

The Classic is a benefit for the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation. During the past decade, the Classic has become one of the most popular and prestigious shows on the Northwest horse show calendar.

Lynn Everroad, executive director of the Hood River Classic, called this year’s event “one of the nicest, smoothest, best over-all shows ever.”

“The level of competition was outstanding,” she said. “The exhibitors all say it’s their favorite Northwest show.”

More results from the Hood River Classic will run in the Saturday, June 21, edition of the Hood River News.

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