Tuesday, July 11, 2006
By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
June 21, 2006
The Hood River Hunter Jumper Classic is known across the west as one of the most beautiful equestrian shows in the country each year. When the weather cooperates, competitors and spectators are towered over by an unobstructed view of Oregon’s tallest peak from about 15 miles away. Photographers rejoice, clicking away for the classic shots of riders and horses negotiating the course directly in front of contrasting blue skies and the white, snow-covered mountainside.
Save for some intermittent showers during the first couple days of the five-day event, the weather was in all respects ideal for the 15th annual Hunter Jumper Classic. This year, an estimated 270 horses competed in the A-rated U.S. Equestrian event, which acts as an annual fund-raiser for the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation.
“It was a great show and another great week of competition” said Executive Director Lynn Everroad.
“It just seems to run smoother and smoother every year,” said coordinator Davinne McKeown-Ellis. “Of course, a big part of that is all the great volunteers and support we continue to get from the local community.”
Starting last Wednesday, Jensen Mills Meadow was teeming with activity. Immaculately kept horses pranced around the fields with shiny coats, braided manes and polished saddles, guided by riders with similar attention paid to the details of their getups. For the hunter competitors, appearance is a large portion of what they are judged on. For the jumpers, speed and accuracy is all that matters.
The event’s finale, the $10,000 Hood River Inn Grand Prix, took place Saturday evening with clear skies and a breeze. The competition pitted 23 of the most elite riders against each other for a winner-takes-all jump-off for the loot, top honors and bragging rights until next year.
And, for the second year in a row, Reno’s Cartouche Z outperformed the others to win the event. Rider Kevin Winkel had the reins.
With a total purse of $25,000 and loads of product prizes, the show was broken down into about 50 divisions and 200 classes of competition, which gave riders of all skill levels the chance to compete against others of similar levels.
“We’ve noticed that we are seeing a lot more people coming from farther away,” McKeown-Ellis said. “It started as a more locally known show, but it has grown to bring competitors from longer distances each year. The event is recognized now as the top show in the Northwest each year … and we couldn’t have made it that way without the help of all our volunteers and sponsors. People worked all week to help run the event, and we can’t thank them enough. The local community is very supportive of the show and that is very appreciated, from us and from the visitors. We’ve had a lot of feedback from people who say how friendly and fun of a place Hood River is to visit and that they want to come back here for vacation.”
In addition to Grand Prix sponsor, the Hood River Inn, other major sponsors of the event this year were: Derby sponsor Kerrits Actionwear; Patron sponsor Hood River Distillers; Gold sponsors the Hood River News and Horses, Inc.; Mini Prix sponsor Columbia River Bank; Division sponsors Stadelman Fruit, Duckwall-Pooley Fruit Company, Diamond Fruit Growers, Inc., Hood River Alpine Veterinary Hospital, and Sprint-Embarq.
(Horse, home town, rider)
Hood River Inn Grand Prix —
1st Cartouche Z, Reno,
2nd Royal Vialli, Vancouver,
B.C., Gary Brewster
3rd Osilvis, Reno, Kevin
Columbia River Bank Mini
Grand Prix —
1st Show Me The Money,
Beavercreek, Karyn Albrecht
2nd Rugby, Eugene, Amy Gau
3rd Araucano, Eagle, Idaho,
Hood River Classic Open
Welcome Jumper —
1st Tokkie, Newberg,
2nd Watermark, West
Vancouver, B.C., Gary Brewster
3rd Cartouche Z, Reno,
Amateur Low Jumper Derby —
1st Wavelength, Gig Harbor,
2nd Chance to Shine,
Snohomish, Wash., C. Youell
Amateur High Jumper Derby —
1st Innisfree, Jennifer Wagner
2nd St. Thomas, Carson
City, Hayley Bowen
Kerrits Adult Amateur Hunter
1st Isn’t She Lovely,
Beaverton, Elizabeth Chalupsky
2nd True Value, Sherwood,
Kerrits Junior/Amateur Owner
1st Cincenatty, Reno,
2nd Genuine, Happy Valley,
Kerrits Childrens’ Hunter
1st Clarissa, Portland,
2nd Rosalea, Portland,
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge