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Hood River Classic Horse Competition Runs To Sunday

As part of the Portland Rose Festival, Classic to draw large crowds.

The Hood River Classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show returns for the 11th time through Sunday, June 16.

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 hunter/jumpers to the show site at spectacular Jensen Mills Meadow.

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, and boasts five days of continuous action in five show rings - and some 50 divisions and more than 200 classes of competition. The action begins at 8 am each day, and continues until early evening with numerous special derbies and competitions.

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 Friday evening Northwest Salmon Bake, and Sunday Grand Prix Gala featuring appetizers provided by Hood River's finest restaurants, are available for $65.

For general information about the Hood River classic Hunter/Jumper Horse Show call (541) 354-2009 or check the show website at www.hoodriverclassic.com.

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