Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic Opening Week: July 6-8, 2017
Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic and Cleveland Grand Prix (Rated Week): July 11 – 16, 2017
If you drove past the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field on Saturday or Sunday, you wouldn’t recognize it today. It’s like a ghost town now–the hoof beats of the 650 horses a mere echo in the valley. But what an 11-day […]
Winning the Cleveland Grand Prix was very special. I had never seen such a beautiful course and it was fun to jump. It was a memorable day, also, because when we were all lined up and ready for the parade, band and all, the heavens opened up, sending everyone back to the barns in a hurry. But a few hours later, the rain was over and the class was held. The Cleveland Grand Prix was very instrumental in the success that grand prix jumping is enjoying in this country today. I am sorry not to be able to be there for the big celebration, but am very happy it is continuing on!
Carlene Blunt, 1966, Silver Lining
My victory! The year I won it. 44 years ago. It was probably the only real grand prix in America. The only one that was real with the size and prestige. If you were going to win one, the Cleveland Grand Prix was the best one to win. The quality of the class is consistent with big jumps, different jumps. That was the mother of all Grand Prix show jumping events. Because of the consistent quality of the event you had to be ready for it. You had to have the right horse and you had to rise to the occasion. It was special to have your name engraved on that trophy. Cleveland Grand Prix was the best in the U.S.A.
Steve Stephens, 1970, Toy Soldier
I was a local rider and winning in front of local fans was special for me. It also was special that J. Basil Ward was a sponsor of the Cleveland Grand Prix and owner of Rosie Report—the winner in 1972. After the Cleveland Grand Prix, Jet Run won many more grand prix events
Michael Matz, 1972, Rosie Report; 1981, Jet Run
Winning the Cleveland Grand Prix was special for me as it was my first Grand Prix ever on Abdullah. Showing in Cleveland was great because the people in the stands really loved show jumping. My win here catapulted me to a level that I wanted to continue to achieve over and over.
Debbie Shaffner Stephens, 1980, Abdullah
That is one of the oldest and most prestigious Grand Prix classes and it’s very exciting to be part of this show. I grew up riding in the Midwest and had the opportunity to watch a lot of riders that came from that area and by watching those people through my junior career helped me become the rider I am today.
Kent Farrington, 2007, Nerina
The Cleveland Grand Prix is the oldest show jumping grand prix in North America. Winning it put me on the list with great riders and on the map as a competitive grand prix rider since it was my first grand prix win! Following my victory in Cleveland, I won the Gold Medal (U25) at the National Horse Show and the Gold Medal CSIO Nations Cup, Young Riders.
Shawn Casady, 2013, Twister
It was so special winning on a grass field that was truly European in style in front of a huge crowd. The big, natural jumps decorated to the max and the bank jump, with a descent into the water, were especially thrilling. For me, the Cleveland Grand Prix provided some very influential associations with top professionals like Howard Lewis who sent me the horse Moonraker, who went on to become very famous. My memories here are fond. Cleveland became my home town for two wins!
Bernie Traurig, 1973, Springdale; 1978 The Cardinal
I loved coming to Cleveland to ride on the grass and especially because all my children rode in the various divisions in the show too. I still have my medal from the American Gold Cup—that was founded in Cleveland, too, you know. I brought six junior horses to the Chagrin horse show in 1970 along with my grand prix horse. I always wished Snowman could have competed in that show. Now I have 19 grandchildren and they all have been into horses at one time or another—there are always horses somewhere.
Harry de Leyer, 1970, 3rd American Gold Cup & 2nd Cleveland Grand Prix on Dutch Brandy
I dreamed of having an equestrian exhibition such as what I saw in Europe.
Laddie Andahazy, Founding Father of the Cleveland Grand Prix, July 25, 1965