FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lexington, KY----- April 23, 2015----- Today, the United States Hunter Jumper Association added the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show, which hosted the first show jumping grand prix held on American soil in 1965, to its current exhibit, A Sporting Tradition: Iconic Horse Shows Across the United States.
Chagrin Valley ribbons and trophies, retired and on loan from Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Shows, Inc., on display at the Wheeler Museum.
Photo Credit: USHJA Archives
"This horse show brought us the first show jumping grand prix in the United States," said Wheeler Museum Committee Co-Chair Bill Rube. "We are pleased to include this historic competition among the many iconic horse shows featured in our current exhibit, which allows horse enthusiasts to come learn about the tradition and history of our great sport."
The Chagrin Valley PHA Show, which began in the early 1960's, evolved from a yearly fundraising all-breed horse show that the Chagrin Valley Trails and Riding Club held at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field, starting in the 1940s. Now organized by the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Shows, Inc., the Cleveland Grand Prix is the highlight of the horse show now known as the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic.
Located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, the Wheeler Museum exhibit features photographs, video, artifacts and other memorabilia to showcase 20 of the most historically significant and storied competitions across the United States that featured hunter and jumper classes. In addition to their longevity and long-standing traditions, the horse shows featured share similar traits: competition, community and charity.
As the Kentucky Horse Park plays host to the 2015 Rolex Kentucky Three-day Event, the Wheeler Museum is extending its hours to allow visitors to the park the opportunity to tour the exhibit during weekend hours. In addition to its regular weekday hours, the Wheeler Museum will be open Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Chagrin Valley PHA Show exhibit on display at the USHJA Wheeler Museum.
Photo Credit: USHJA Archives
For those unable to visit the museum in person, the Wheeler Museum offers a video tour of the exhibit. The Chagrin Valley PHA Show will be added to video tour soon, as well.
The USHJA Wheeler Museum is supported by individual donors and in particular the Legacy Circle. The Founding Five of the Legacy Circle-Dr. Kenneth and Selma Garber, The Gochman Family, The Hallman Family and Merrylegs South, The Oberkircher Family, and Jennifer and Roger Smith-donated $10,000 each in 2014 to support the preservation of the hunter/jumper sport through the Wheeler Museum. For more information about joining the Legacy Circle, contact Megan Lacy at email@example.com.
About the USHJA Wheeler Museum
The Wheeler Museum is home to an ever-growing collection of equestrian memorabilia including trophies, ribbons, books and equipment from all aspects of the hunter/jumper industry, as well as a collection of artifacts from the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, which was previously located at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. Located in the United States Hunter Jumper Association headquarters at the Kentucky Horse Park, the USHJA Wheeler Museum is dedicated to Sallie and Kenny Wheeler of Keswick, Virginia, who built an equestrian dynasty over more than six decades receiving countless accolades including the American Horse Shows Association Lifetime Achievement award in 1999. The Wheeler Museum is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.ushja.org/wheelermuseum.