The final chapter in Betty Weibel’s new book, The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First (2014 The History Press, $19.99) concludes by questioning whether the Western Hemisphere’s original grand prix will return. The question was resolved this week with the announcement that there will be a 50th Anniversary Cleveland Grand Prix.
The Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic announced it will return July 2-12, 2015, after taking a year off to rebuild. One of the nation’s top charity horse shows, it hosts the historic Cleveland Grand Prix at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field in Moreland Hills, Ohio. The event also includes a day of classes for riders with special needs, a Family Fun Day, boutique shopping, specialty foods and much more. For more information visit www.clevelandhorseshow.com.
Presented by the nonprofit Chagrin Valley Professional Horsemen’s Association (CVPHA) and a team of 200 volunteers, the Cleveland Grand Prix celebrates 50 years as the first show jumping event in North America boasting a history of equestrian greats such as Mary and Frank Chapot of the 1964 Olympic team; Margie Engle; Kent Farrington; George Morris and Rodney Jenkins. It has been supported by historic Ohioans Cyrus Eaton, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Firestone, Courtney Burton, J. Basil Ward, and Mr. and Mrs. George Humphrey, to name a few.
In her book, author Betty Weibel of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, chronicles the origins of the first grand prix in North America in 1965. Today there are 350 grand prix in the United States annually and show jumping is a multi-billion dollar sport. Weibel is a life-long equestrian, former journalist and public relations professional who owns a full service marketing agency, Yopko Penhallurick. Her book is available online and at book stores, tack and gift shops. For more on The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First visit www.clevelandgrandprix.com.