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Horsing Around 

Metroparks' annual contest saddles up for another ride.

More than 800 horses compete at Cleveland Metroparks’ Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic, now in its 42nd year. Many of the nation’s top four-legged athletes twist, turn, and leap high hurdles in various competitions over the next four days. It all culminates in Sunday’s Grand Prix, which offers a $50,000 prize. “We have amateurs to Olympic-caliber riders,” says co-chair Gail Tobin. “It’s for people of all ages and for horses and ponies of all sizes.”

Judges hand out awards for training, execution, and riding. You’ll even see five-foot jumps at Sunday’s bash. “This is a historic legacy we’ve carried,” says Tobin. “We’re the only show within the region offering this high level.” In addition to all of the bit-and-bridle action, visitors can adopt a cat, pet pretty ponies, and check out dog-agility contests. Kids can even saddle up for a gallop around the grounds. More than anything, says Tobin, “We really want to educate people about the equestrian sport. There is no other horse show of this caliber.”
July 19-22, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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