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Hunter-Jumper Classic starts Wednesday

The Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show returns for the 12th time Wednesday through Sunday.

One of the most popular and prestigious shows of its kind in the Northwest, the Classic will draw more than 400 of the region’s top hunters and jumpers to the show site at spectacular Jensen Mills Meadow in the heart of Hood River Valley.

Outstanding horses and riders from throughout the Northwest — and beyond — will be on hand for the event. The Hood River Classic is a benefit for the Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital Foundation. It’s also a sanctioned event of the Portland Rose Festival, and is A-rated by USA Equestrian. Riders will compete for cash purses and for quality product prizes. The show features the $10,000 Hood River Inn Grand Prix. Competing in the five show rings are horses and riders in more than 50 divisions and 200 classes.

The action begins at 8 a.m. each day and continues until early evening with numerous special derbies and competitions.

During the show, on-site vendors will be offering a wide variety of gourmet and home-style food, cocktails and other beverages. No admission fee is charged to attend the Classic on Wednesday and Thursday. General admission is $2 per person or $5 per car, Thursday through Sunday. A limited number of patron tickets, which include open admission to the show, reserved seating in a canopied patron area with refreshments, a catered Friday evening barbecue, and Sunday Grand Prix Gala featuring appetizers provided by Hood River’s finest restaurants, are available for $65.

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