A look ahead at the Hunter-Jumper Classic

June 11, 2005

High-stepping horses and riders are back this week for one of the Pacific Northwest’s Premier events of its kind, the 14th annual Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show.

The June 15-19 Classic will be the largest ever, according to organizers, drawing more than 400 top hunters and jumpers to the show site at Jensen Mills Meadow just south of the community of Mt. Hood.

No admission fee is charged to attend the Classic on Wednesday and Thursday. General admission is $3 per person or $7 per car, Friday through Sunday. For general information about the Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show, check the show Web site at www.hoodriverclassic.com or call (541) 354-2009.

On-site vendors will be offering a wide variety of gourmet and home-style food, cocktails and other beverages, horse-themed specialty items, clothing and equipment, show souvenirs, and more during the show.

Competitors are coming from British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, as well as from California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, from top barns in the Portland, Bend, Eugene, Spokane, and Seattle areas, and from many other communities throughout Oregon and Washington.

The show boasts five days of continuous action in five show rings and more than 50 divisions and 200 classes of competition. The action begins at 8 a.m. each day, and continues until early evening with numerous special derbies and competitions. Riders will compete for cash purses and for quality product prizes. The event’s exciting premier contest, the $10,000 Hood River Inn Grand Prix, is set to take place late Saturday afternoon. The Mini Grand Prix and fun derbies will follow on Sunday.

The show is a favorite not only of those taking part, but of all those who enjoy watching outstanding equestrian competition in a venue unrivaled for its scenery. Jensen Mills Meadow has been described as the “most beautiful horse show site outside Europe.” Surrounded by the Cascade mountain range, Middle Mountain and the Hood River Mountains, those panoramic views are nonetheless overshadowed by majestic, snow-covered Mount Hood, which towers above the show site and provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for exciting and elegant hunter-jumper competition.

The Hood River Classic is also a sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival, and is A-rated by the United States Equestrian Federation.

In addition to presenting sponsor, the Best Western Hood River Inn, other show sponsors include: Patron sponsor Hood River Distillers; Derby sponsor Kerrit’s Activewear; Gold sponsors Hood River News, The Fruit Company, and Horses, Inc.; Mini Prix sponsor Columbia River Bank; and Division sponsors Stadelman Fruit, Diamond Fruit Growers, Duckwall-Pooley Fruit Co., Hood River Alpine Veterinary Hospital, and Sprint.

Attractive potted shrubs decorate the Classic jump courses, provided by Gorge Nursery in Hood River. The plants will be offered for sale at special prices to the public on Monday, June 20, following conclusion of the show.

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