The Jumper Classic is the premier social sporting event and is New England's only international show jumping competition. With over 600 horses exhibiting and an expected 10,000 spectators, this is one of the largest sporting events of the year.Events include benefits for UNH's Therapeutic Riding Center and Lucky's Legacy And New England Equine Rescues, a champagne luncheon, the ladies' hat competition, a family day, numerous jumping events and much more. The five days of activities culminate in the $75,000 Grand Prix that features both local and Olympic riders, including 2004 and 2008 gold medalist McLain Ward.Here is an abbreviated schedule of events that includes event highlights, gate openings and ticket prices. Click here for a complete schedule.Wednesday, September 14Gates open at 10 a.m.
Free admissionEvent highlight:$5,000 1.40mThursday, September 15Gates open at 10 a.m.
Free admissionEvent highlights:Elite Shavings Meet and Greet, 4:30 p.m. Head to the SmartPark Riders' Tent to meet the Grand Prix riders - you can ask questions and get their autographs. Refreshments and food will be provided by Bonta.$12,000 Welcome Stake 1.45mFriday, September 16Gates open at 10 a.m.
Free admissionEvent highlights:$3,500 1.30m$5,000 1.40m$3,500 D.G. Ventures Speed Derby 1.25Saturday, September 17 - Family DayGates open at 10 a.m.
Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for children over 13 and free for children under 13.Event highlights:Family Day includes activities for the entire family, such as musical chairs, face painting by Gin C. Productions, tug of war, stick pony races, an apple pie eating contest, pony rides and more.11:30 a.m. Charities Luncheons to benefit the UNH Therapeutic Riding Center and Lucky's Legacy & New England Equine Rescues.Click here for tickets to the UNH fundraiser and click here for tickets for the Lucky's Legacy fundraiser. Both luncheons are $65.$12,000 Millshire Speed DerbySunday, September 18Gates open at 10 a.m.
General Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for children over 6 and free for children under 6.
Dover Saddlery Derby Bank Tickets: $55
VIP Luncheon Tickets: $165
Corporate Table: $2,500Event highlights: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - VIP Champagne Luncheon Catered by Gourmet Caterers11:30 a.m. - PlaneSense Opening Ceremonies, featuring sky diving demonstration by New England Sky Diving Team.12p.m. - $15,000 Equine Insurance Services Speed Stake.2 p.m. - Intermission with a performance by the Maine Steiner and course designer Anthony D'Ambrosio will describe the challenging Grand Prix course to the audience from a Porsche 911 and winners of the Ladies Best Hat Contest will be announced by Sharron McCarthy, Publisher of McLean Communications.2:30 p.m. - $75,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix5 p.m. - Award Ceremony in the Shire Equestrian Winners Circle
This article appears in the July 2011 issue of New Hampshire Magazine