The Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic returns to the beautiful Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in Moreland Hills, Ohio, July 5 - 20. While highlighted by exciting equestrian competition, the Classic also features an excellent location for mini-vacations with abundant destination attractions nearby.
Looking for something to do on your afternoon off? There are plenty of options!
One of the many reasons that the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic is so popular with exhibitors is that, in addition to the non-stop equestrian action, there are so many fun things to do in and around the beautiful Chagrin Valley and many fun family activities at the show and throughout the Chagrin Valley. The showgrounds feature many wonderful shopping boutiques and specialty foods, along with a Family Weekend with canine agility events and a Family Fun Day.
Experiencing the beautiful Chagrin Valley
Northeast Ohio's Chagrin Valley is one of Ohio's special treasures and offers visitors a wide range of lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment to enjoy while they are in the area for the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic. At the heart of the Chagrin Valley is the charming town of Chagrin Falls, located just five minutes from the horse show and 30 miles east of downtown Cleveland.
In Chagrin Falls visitors are greeted by a majestic waterfall and horse drawn carriage rides along the downtown streets lined with quaint shops and eateries. An abundant selection of accommodations and restaurants are available throughout the area, including the charming Inn of Chagrin Falls with themed rooms such as the hunt club room with its corner fireplace. In addition to such unique accommodations and the many restaurants unique to the area are a full complement of brand hotels and restaurants on Chagrin Blvd. conveniently located near I-271.
For more information on the area, visit http://www.yourhometownchagrinfalls.com.
Enjoying downtime with nearby destinations
Located at the beautiful Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field, the Classic show grounds are themselves an attraction. The Polo Field is a part of the Cleveland Metroparks South Chagrin Reservation, which offers beautiful hiking, biking and bridle trails adjacent to the show grounds. The Cleveland Metroparks offers many other beautiful parks in the surrounding areas, including Squires Castle in the North Chagrin Reservation, just 20 minutes from the show grounds. For more information about the Cleveland Metroparks, including maps of the different parks, visit http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com.
As you travel closer to downtown Cleveland, just 30 minutes from the show grounds, there are many more attractions, including:
The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (http://www.clemetzoo.com) has a beautiful new African Elephant Crossing exhibit and a beautiful, and very unique, Rainforest building.
The Greater Cleveland Aquarium (http://greaterclevelandaquarium.com), just opened in 2012, features everything from freshwater fish found in Lake Erie to a tunnel through the shark tank to special opportunities to feed the stingrays in the touch tank.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (http://www.rockhall.com) will be featuring a special Rolling Stones exhibit,
The Cleveland Indians (http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com) have many home games scheduled throughout July.
The Great Lakes Science Center (http://www.glsc.org)
The Cleveland Botanical Garden (http://www.cbgarden.org)
The Cleveland Museum of Art (http://www.clevelandart.org)
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (http://cmnh.org)
Numerous restaurants, bars, comedy clubs, music venues, and much more!
Traveling south from the show grounds you will find the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park (http://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/index.htm). Interested in learning about the Amish? Just 30 minutes east of the show grounds you can experience Amish country in Middlefield, Ohio (http://www.experience-ohio-amish-country.com/middlefield-ohio.html). And you can't forget Lake Erie, with many access points just 30 minutes north of the show grounds.
Being a part of history with the Classic
The Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic features every level of competition from Leadline to Grand Prix. The two-week long show is one of the nation's top horse shows for leading national riders and top local talent. Along with three rings of daily Hunter Jumper competition throughout the two weeks, two Grand Prix events are held – the historic $30,000 Cleveland Grand Prix on Sunday, July 14, and the $25,000 CVPHA Grand Prix on Saturday, July 20.
The Cleveland Grand Prix has historic significance not only in the Cleveland area, but throughout the nation. In 1965 the Cleveland Grand Prix debuted at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field as the very first show jumping grand prix competition in North America. Mary Chapot won the first Cleveland Grand Prix aboard her horse Tomboy. Since then such notable riders and horses as Rodney Jenkins (aboard Gustavus, Idle Dice and Second Balcony), Frank Chapot aboard Grey Carrier, Michael Matz aboard Jet Run, George Morris aboard Brussels, and many more have won the prestigious Cleveland Grand Prix. Who will join this prestigious list in 2013?
About the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic
The Classic, which began in the early 1960's, originated from a yearly fundraising horse show that the Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club held at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field. The Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic is now organized and presented by the Chagrin Valley PHA (Professional Horseman's Association) Horse Show, Inc. (CVPHA), a 501(c)(3) organization headed by a voluntary Board of Trustees, comprised of local residents, business leaders and equestrians.
For more information please visit http://www.clevelandhorseshow.com or call 330-903-9915. Follow the Classic on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/clevelandhorseshow and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CleveHorseShow