Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Jumper Classic plans to return to its North Shore roots this July after a five-year stint in seacoast New Hampshire.
The Jumper Classic, a horse show that the late Don Little started in Hamilton 24 years ago, is returning to the North Shore in Ipswich this summer. "He created this 24 years ago," said Melissa Lovasco, the event's president and CEO, and she took over in its 10 years. Five years ago it moved to Hampton Falls, N.H. and in 2010 Little started a second show that has been held at Myopia Hunt Club. That show will not happen this year. This week organizers of the Jumper Classic said the 2013 show will happen on at the 100-acre Maplecroft Farm in Ipswich from July 10-14. Competition will range from children's classes to the $75,000 Grand Prix. The new date should help open the event to a larger number of young jumper who will be in school break in…
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The sounds of galloping hooves and clanking armor were heard as the knights of Paragon Jousting displayed their skills before the crowds at the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic on Sunday.
The excitement of jousting from Paragon Jousting was the latest addition to a mix of entertaining fun at Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic this year. The video shows action from Sunday at the Myopia Hunt Club Schooling fields.
Monday, September 12, 2011
As horses leaped impossible obstacles, women paraded hats both modest and magnificent at the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic this past weekend in Hamilton.
Women gave sleek horses a run for their money this weekend at the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic. Dawning flashy frocks and head gear both high-end and homemade, the event’s fairer sex provided plenty of distraction from the equine form. The reason - the event’s longstanding hat contest. Although many, such as Liz Cloutman of Round the Bend Tack Shop dressed for the Grand Prix VIP tent – not to compete for top head ornament, hats were in high abundance. “It’s kind of a traditional thing,” explained Anne Wargo, the director of communications for the Grand Prix. “It was Don Little’s idea.” Little is the show's founder and chairman and Master of Foxhounds at Myopia Hunt Club, which hosted the four day competitions this past weekend. …
Lives lost and the courage of first responders during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 are remembered with solemnity and flair at the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic on Sunday.
Ten years to the day after terrorist attacked the U.S. in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, crowds at the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic took part in a fitting memorial. Under a sky scrubbed sparkling blue by Irene and lesser storms, a combination of local firefighters, a bagpiper and skydiver all took part in the ceremony, which came on the final day of the jumping event at Myopia Hunt Club. Fire crews from Hamilton, Wenham and Essex paraded in led by chiefs Philip Stevens, Bob Blanchard and Daniel Doucette. The Boston Park Rangers Mounted Unit entered riding abreast and Adam Holdaway, a bagpiper from Chelmsford dressed in a stewart plaid kilt raised a tune with "Gus" - his pipes. And once the forces were assembled at the …
Living show jumper legend and two-time Olympic medalist, Leslie Burr Howard, glides to victory coveting the trophy memorializing National Show Hunter Hall of Fame equestrian Joanie Walsh Hogan on Saturday at the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic.
“Leaping” Leslie Burr Howard took first place presenting on “Zippzoo” at the second annual $10,000 3-foot Hunter Derby at the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic held at the Myopia Hunt Club's Schooling Fields on Saturday. Howard, a two-time Olympic champion in the show jumper class, graced the two round format with exuberance and style befitting a queen as she glided to victory. Howard won gold medal in show jumping on the American team in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a silver medal in 1996. To qualify for round one, entrants must have competed in at least one other hunter class at the Classic. Round two was open to the top 12 scoring horses from round one and needed to show over 10 fences approximately three feet in height. …
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Canine Companions of Hamilton held its agility trials at the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic on Saturday to the delight of onlookers and participants.
It was a dog’s ideal late summer day at the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic’s Jet Blue Family day for an agility competition for dogs of all ages and sizes. The competition was one of the many non-horse related activities on Saturday, during day three of the jumping event at Myopia Hunt Club's Schooling fields in Hamilton. Participants were prepped and ready to run the course including tunnels, A-frames and hoops. One entrant, in particular, did not sweat the obstacles and found even the most challenging ones a breeze even though he has been deaf since birth. Sebastian, an 8-year-old Sata rescued from Puerto Rico, was lovingly adopted by his owner Jada Veator at three-months-old. Veator, who worked at a YMCA camp for children with …
Friday, September 9, 2011
A look ahead at weekend activities in Hamilton and Wenham includes the Equestrian Classic at Myopia and a service remembering the Sept. 11 terrorist attack victims.
The weekend is here and Hamilton-Wenham Patch delivers you our “Get Out” planner for the weekend, which includes ceremonies remembering the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 10 years ago. Below is a quick rundown on some weekend activity options in Hamilton and Wenham, plus a bird walk and touch-a-truck event in nearby Danvers. But there’s much more going on this weekend than what’s here so we encourage you to look past this weekend guide into our full calendar of events, where we have all the events in the two towns listed. Remember, if you have great ideas of your own that you want to share, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom. 1. PUTNAM BOSTON EQUESTRIAN CLASSIC Where/When: Myopia Hunt Club Schooling fields; …
Along with a world class show jumping competition, Myopia commemorates Sept. 11 with local firefighters, the Boston Mounted Park Rangers Unit and a team of skydivers this weekend.
Hamilton stands to put the theatrics of Hollywood to shame this week as the Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic kicks off at the Myopia Hunt Club Schooling fields. The event, which began Thursday, is drawing top-notch riders from across the country. Friday sees the stakes begin to climb as riders compete in the 20 and 30-meter events with the top prize of $6,000 going to the winner of each. Soon after the sun spreads its rays over the fields on Saturday - JetBlue Family Day - riders will begin warming up for a total of 29 classes. Spectators can take in the performances of the manicured riders and their mounts, or turn their attention to other diversions. In what promises to be a fair-like atmosphere, kids can get their face painted, take in …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
An essential get-me-going daily morning column from Hamilton-Wenham Patch.
Today is Thursday, Sept. 8. Here are five things you need to know: 1. Weather: We’ve got another rainy day on tap for Thursday with temperatures around 70 degrees. If you are headed to the ocean - be careful. There is a “high surf advisory” in effect through Friday with dangerous rip tides expected. 2. Jumper Classic: Officially, the Putnam Boston Jumper Classic begins today at Myopia Hunt Club’s Schooling fields on Route 1A. It runs through Sunday. The highlight on Thursday is a New England Clambake at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. 3. Music Man: There's nothing to brighten up a sunny day for the young ones better than the Music Man- Brian Doser. He has one of his two weekly concerts at the Community House on Thursday at 10 a.m. 4…
Friday, September 2, 2011
Preview to the four-day Putnam Boston Equestrian Classic at Myopia Hunt Club took place recently on Boston Common.
Two weekends full of horse-related excitement starts this weekend with the traditional Labor Day weekend Myopia Horse Show on Sunday and Monday. The action continues the following weekend with the Putnam Boston Jumper Classic. To build interest for the Jumper Classic, an exhibition was put on showing the horses in action recently on Boston Common. World-class riders showed their stuff to an enthusiastic crowd on a jump track set up less than 50 yards from Charles Street in the heart of Boston. On hand at the event was Don Little, Master of Foxhounds at Myopia. The four-day Jumper Classic will take place Sept. 8-11 at Myopia Hunt Club and will feature Olympic grade show jumping, jousting and a dog show.