The Venue

Learn about our new host facility for the CHJC

Chagrin Valley Farms is located on 87 acres in Bainbridge Twp. and includes 75,000-square-feet under roof including 200 horse stalls and two indoor rings and lounge area. Outdoor amenities include outdoor rings, cross country course and pond, pastures, and trails.

The Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic will be held outdoors at the Chagrin Valley Farms Horse Show Complex and the facilities will include:

  • Hunter rings (260’ x 260’ split over two rings) with high performance SRS Footing First footing
  • Jumper rings and schooling area (200’ x 400’) with high performance SRS Footing First footing
  • New 30 x 60 ringside pavilion for spectators and entertainment
  • Additions to be completed before the 2023 show:
  • Warm-up ring footing expansion and addition of permanent fencing
  • New lunging area addition
  • Improved driveways and parking lots as well as disabled parking area near show office
  • New public seating area for spectators

To see a video of the venue visit here.

Why Did We Leave The Polo Fields?

The nonprofit 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 1948 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 required to put this show on at the Polo Fields, unfortunate and costly weather-related issues, and global pandemic shut downs. In 2021 the show relocated from its Polo Field home to Chagrin Valley Farms horse show complex in Bainbridge Twp., just a short drive away in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

With the new dedicated-equestrian facility offering year-round rated horse shows for Hunter-Jumper, Dressage, and other events, our horse show has the advantage of utilizing the the benefits that come with an equine-specific facility as a host for our annual show. Premier footing in all show rings is regularly maintained and designed to maintain excellent condition in all weather, ample show stabling is offered indoors with space for additional tents if needed. There are two indoor schooling rings, fully fenced outdoor lunging areas, bathing areas with rubber matting, and ample parking near the barns and rings for exhibitors. While it is bittersweet for all of us to move to a new facility, the feedback from our exhibitors has been extremely positive, confirming the greatly improved venue offerings easily outweighs the nostalgia we have for The Polo Fields. We have had our highest record of attendance in years, even selling out of stalls, since moving to Chagrin Valley Farms. We are excited and grateful for our sponsors and exhibitors continued support of this historic USEF Heritage horse show!

Review a short timeline of the history of our show

To understand the ongoing struggles of historic horse shows and the industry-wide impact on the Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic, read:

“Between Rounds with Armand Leone, Jr.: A Case for Revitalizing the Local Horse Show,” Chronicle of the Horse and, October 24 and 31, 2022.

“Struggles of the Standalone Horse Show in a Mega-Circuit World,” by Laura Lemon, Chronicle of the Horse and, February 2022.

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