A Classic affair

June 18, 2005

Horses jumped gracefully—their riders refined— under the backdrop of a bright Mount Hood and wispy white cirrus skies. The first day of the 14th annual Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper horse show was as beautiful as the most adorned equines in attendance.

The translation for the Latin root cirrus means "curl of hair." Hunter category participants braided the manes and tails of their horses, for judging, under clouds named long ago after, perhaps, the manes and tales of horses.

This year's Hood River Classic is the largest to date, with more than 400 hunter and jumper competitors from the city of Portland to the mountains of Alberta, and a handful from right here in paradise. Five days of continuous competition in five show rings will climax Saturday afternoon with the $10,000 Hood River Inn Grand Prix.

In between, 50 divisions and 200 classes of competition will fill the fields starting at 8 a.m. each morning until Sunday afternoon.

Perhaps the best part: The Hood River Classic is a benefit for the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation.

HR Classic weekend highlights:

(All events at Jensen Mills Meadows off Hwy. 35)

Friday evening:

Grand Prix Ring, Jumper 2, and Hunter 1,2,and 3 rings all featuring hunter/jumper action until around dusk.

Saturday:

Hunter/jumper competition in all five rings throughout the day. Event highlight: $10,000 Grand Prix at 5 p.m. in the main Grand Prix Ring.

Sunday:

Fun activities throughout the day. $1,000 Hood River Mini Prix at 2:30 p.m. in the Grand Prix Ring. Also, 141 Kerrits Hunter Derby in Hunter 1 Ring.

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