Our History

Home of North America’s 1st Grand Prix
Home of North America’s
First Grand Prix

July 25, 1965 The Cleveland Grand Prix, $3,000 purse sponsored by J. Basil Ward; Winner is Mary Mairs Chapot and “Tomboy”

Home of North America’s 1st Grand Prix
Home of North America’s
First Grand Prix

1968 The Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show adds new Water Jump obstacle to the Cleveland Grand Prix.

1968 The Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show adds new Water Jump obstacle to the Cleveland Grand Prix.

1968 – The Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show adds new Water Jump obstacle to the Cleveland Grand Prix.

Home of North America’s 1st Grand Prix
Home of North America’s
First Grand Prix

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

1992 – Susie Hutchison on “Samsumg Woodstock” over the famous Budweiser jump at The Cleveland Grand Prix.

Home of North America’s 1st Grand Prix
Home of North America’s
First Grand Prix

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

Home of North America’s 1st Grand Prix
Home of North America’s
First Grand Prix

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

2006 – Margie Goldstein on Wapino in the new state-of-the-art show jumping arena at The Polo Fields.

Home of North America’s 1st Grand Prix
Home of North America’s
First Grand Prix

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

2015-2019 – Celebrating 50 Years of the Cleveland Grand Prix, with the final year at the Polo Fields in 2019.

Home of North America’s 1st Grand Prix
Home of North America’s
First Grand Prix

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

1992 – Daydeam and Margie Goldstein win the $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at The Polo Fields.

2021 – The Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic moves to Chagrin Valley Farms as our new host facility!

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The Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Shows, Inc. (dba Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID # 23-72753170).  Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. The Chagrin Valley Professional Horseman’s Association (CVPHA) is the organizer of the annual hunter jumper horse show held in July, now known as the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic (CHJC). The show has been operating since 1949 and in 1965 introduced the nation’s first show jumping grand prix, the Cleveland Grand Prix. Designated an official heritage horse show, it has been a top attraction for visitors (exhibitors and spectators) to the Chagrin Valley area. In recent years the volunteer-run event has been faced with sky-rocketing costs and weather issues, and in 2021 it relocated from its Polo Field home to Chagrin Valley Farms horse show complex in Bainbridge Twp.

A Brief Look at the History of Our Horse Show…

1949

The Beginning of Our Story

Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club starts a clubhouse fundraiser at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field, a two-day All-Breed horse show Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club horse show.

1949
1960’s

Our First Hunter-Jumper Show

Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club horse show evolves to a Hunter-Jumper horse show.

1960’s
1964

Attracts Nationwide Riders

15th Annual Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club Show hosts top hunter/jumper competitors from around the nation; benefits the United States Equestrian Team (USET).

1964
1965

The CVPHA Takes Over the Show

Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club transfers the horse show/management to the Chagrin Valley Professional Horsemen’s Association Chagrin Valley PHA (CVPHA) Horse Show continues at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field; benefits USET.

1965
July 25, 1965

The Very First Grand Prix in NA

The very first grand prix held in North America – Cleveland Grand Prix, $3,000 purse sponsored by J. Basil Ward; Winner is Mary Mairs Chapot and Tomboy

July 25, 1965
1996-1998

Addition of The Water Jump

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show adds new obstacles to Cleveland Grand Prix (Water jump, Osborne Bank, Pulvermann’s Grob)

1996-1998
1969

Despite Flood, Grand Prix Continues

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show is flooded by Chagrin River but show and grand prix go on!

1969
1970

Adds The American Gold Cup

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show continues to host Cleveland Grand Prix and adds new jumper event concept – $15,000 American Gold Cup.

1970
1971

Becomes Chagrin Valley PHA Show

American Gold Cup moves to Florida-evolves into American Invitational; Cleveland Grand Prix continues at Chagrin Valley PHA show.

1971
1974

Adds Chagrin Valley Hunter Classic

Chagrin Valley PHA show adds the Chagrin Valley Hunter Classic.

1974
1975

Attracts World-Wide Competitors

Chagrin Valley PHA show continues to grow; Cleveland Grand Prix competitors attend from U.S, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia.

1975
1978

ESPN Television Coverage

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show teams up with Gene Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc. show management; $10,000 Cleveland Grand Prix added to new national American Grand Prix series with year-end awards and ESPN television coverage sponsored by Anheuser-Busch.

1978
1980

Adds 2nd Show to CVPHA

Stadium Jumping adds second show prior to CVPHA, the Cleveland Metro Classic. The Chagrin Valley PHA show is managed by Stadium Jumping, Inc. with first title sponsor – Prescott, Ball & Turben and $25,000 Grand Prix.

1980
1981-1982

Title Sponsorship Continues

Prescott, Ball & Turben Jumper Classic and $30,000 Prescott Grand Prix are
managed by Stadium Jumping, Inc. with CVPHA Board as Committee.

1981-1982
1983-1989

Featuring $50,000 Grand Prix

Prescott Hunter/Jumper Classic horse show continues at Polo Field -features Prescott Grand Prix (Grand Prix offers $50,000 purse 1987-89).

1983-1989
1983-1987

CVPHA Moves to Lake Erie College

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show separates from Stadium Jumping and runs at Lake Erie College George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center in Concord Twp.

1983-1987
1988-1989

CVPHA Moves to Ridgewood Facility

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show relocates to Ridgewood Horse Show Facility in Medina; Offers Medina Mini-Prix.

1988-1989
1990

Benefits USET/Therapeutic Riding

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show relocates to Chagrin Valley Farms in Bainbridge Twp. with CVPHA Jumper Classic; benefits USET and the Therapeutic Riding Center; hosts riding events for riders with disabilities. Stadium Jumping Inc. presents the Cleveland Hunter & Jumper Classic at the Polo Field with $35,000 Cleveland Grand Prix presented by Johnnie Walker Scotch.

1990
1991

Becomes 2-Week Festival

The shows team up again as the two-week National Equestrian Festival held at Chagrin Valley Farms and two AGA grand prix; Week 1 – Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show with $25,000 Cleveland Grand Prix, the only time in history the Cleveland Grand Prix was not held at the Polo Field; Week 2 – Cleveland Hunter/ Jumper Classic, presented by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and $35,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship at the Polo Field.

1991
1992-1993

Grand Prix Returns to Polo Fields

Chagrin Valley PHA horse show remains at Chagrin Valley Farms, but the $30,000 Cleveland Grand Prix is held at Polo Field; Stadium Jumping runs a separate show at the Polo Field and $50,000 U.S. Open Jumping Championship.

1992-1993
1994

International Schedule Conflict

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show is held at Chagrin Valley Farms; Cleveland Grand Prix is canceled due to international schedule conflicts for riders.

1994
1995

Hunter Rings Installed at Polo Field

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show and Cleveland Grand Prix are canceled. All-weather hunter rings are installed at Polo Field during this off-year.

1995
1996-1999

KeyBank Title Sponsorship

KeyBank Hunter/Jumper Classic Presented by the Chagrin Valley PHA is held at Polo Field with $30,000 KeyBank Cleveland Grand Prix; benefits USET and local Therapeutic Riding Center.

1996-1999
1997-1999

Dog Agility Event Added

USDAA Grand Prix of Dog Agility hosted on grounds during horse show.

1997-1999
1999

Attains 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status

Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show, Inc. attains 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status; expands educational programming (Youth Day at the Horse Show) and focuses on fundraising for local charities.

1999
2000-2006

Merrill Lynch Title Sponsor

Chagrin Valley PHA welcomes new title sponsor, Merrill Lynch Hunter/Jumper Classic presented by the and continues as title until 2006.

2000-2006
2002

Reading and Riding Program

Chagrin Valley PHA designs and installs new ringside grand prix pavilion, introduces new mascot, Hunter the Horse and “Reading and Riding” program.

2002
2003

Historical Marker for Grand Prix

Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field grounds restored by Chagrin Valley PHA; Ohio Bicentennial Historical Marker dedicated for Cleveland Grand Prix.

2003
2005

New Show Jumping Arena

Chagrin Valley PHA installs permanent state-of-art international show jumping arena at Cleveland Mertoparks Polo Field.

2005
2006

Creates Endowment Fund

Chagrin Valley PHA establishes CVPHA Endowment Fund.

2006
2007-2013

Private & Local Sponsorships

Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic presented by the Chagrin Valley PHA continues without title sponsor, but with many private and local supporters.

2007-2013
2008

International Hunter Derby Added

Chagrin Valley Hunter/Jumper Classic hosts International Hunter Derby.

2008
2014

Board Reorganizes

No horse show held for a year off to restructure; CVPHA Board reorganizes.

2014
2015-2019

50th Anniversary of Grand Prix

The Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show returns and celebrates the 50th anniversary (2015) of the Cleveland Grand Prix; horse show continues with private and local supporters.

2015-2019
2020

Pandemic Shuts Down Horse Shows

Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic is canceled due to COVID Pandemic impact on horse world and venue shut downs.

2020
2021

Relocates to Chagrin Valley Farms

Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic relocates to Chagrin Valley Farms when costs to maintain footing and run the show are prohibitive to remain at the Polo Fields. CVF offers many amenities on-site to meet the more modern requirements for a premier horse show.

2021
2022

CHJC Continues to Grow at New Home

Horse show continues at Chagrin Valley Farms as owners invest in facility and state-of-art footing to retain CHJC in Northeast Ohio. Goal is to build back horse show and horse industry, attract exhibitors to the area, and build financial support to continue hosting Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic for the future.

2022
2023

Most Successful Show in Years

The move to Chagrin Valley Farms as our new host facility brings many praises and returning competitors, along with increased corporate and private sponsors. This year was a sold-out horse show for exhibitors, an exciting look at the returning growth of this historic horse show!

2023
2024

The CHJC Plans 4th Year at CVF

The CHJC will run in July for the 4th year in a row at new host facility, Chagrin Valley Farms.

2024

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