Home to inventors of the first automobile, airplane and professional baseball team, Ohio is also the birthplace of the first horse show jumping grand prix in the Western Hemisphere. Longtime fans can relive the exciting victories of some of the finest horses and riders in history, while newcomers can experience the Cleveland Grand Prix's glory years as the premier summer social tradition for thousands of spectators. From harness racing to fox hunting, saddle up with equestrian authority Betty Weibel as she explains how this picturesque corner of the Chagrin Valley grew into a world-class horse sport hub.
About the Author
A lifelong equestrian, author Betty Weibel began her career as a news reporter with the Cleveland Press before joining a Cleveland public relations agency. During this time she was responsible for the national American Grandprix Association account and oversaw media and sponsor relations for the thirty-event series. She was instrumental in introducing the sport of show jumping to media around the country and provided equestrian commentary for ESPN and PBS.
Table of Contents
Part I Why Cleveland?
1 The Early Years: Horses in Cleveland Sports 15
2 The Chagrin Valley: Land for Horse Sports 24
3 Horse Shows Evolve in Northeast Ohio 29
4 National Influences on the Local Equestrian Scene 40
Part II The Cleveland Grand Prix
5 The Birth of the Nation's First Show Jumping Grand Prix 47
6 The 1960s: The Soaring, Soaking '60s 60
7 The 1970s: Growth, Innovation and a Spinoff 68
8 The 1980s: Welcoming Sponsors, Managing Competition and Change 89
9 The 1990s: Conflicts, Cancilation and a Comeback 101
10 The New Millennium 117
11 The American Gold Cup Returns to Cleveland 127
12 A Foggy Future 132
Appendix A Cleveland Grand Prix Winners 141 145
Appendix B U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team Members-Show Jumping
Appendix C American Grand Prix Association Horse of the Year 151
Appendix D American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year 153
Appendix E American Grand Prix Association Rookie of the Year 155
Appendix F Show Jumping Hall of Fame Inductees 157
Appendix G FEI World Cup Show Jumping Champions 161
About the Author 176
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
For a little book, this had a big story covering the full range of horse sports and linking them all in Ohio--the cavalry, carriages, racing, polo, fox hunting, horse shows--they had it all! Who would have known that show jumping in America would get its biggest boost in Ohio? I really enjoyed all the photos of show jumping and other sports over the years. It was the perfect amount of history to be interesting, but not too much! The book ends at present day and I am certainly hoping there will be a 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Prix. This will be a great gift for any horse lover or Ohioan (even if they don't care about horses) as it is a special look at the horse heritage that defines the Chagrin Valley.