Photo by Kimerlee Curyl
Thursday marks the opening of The Memorial Day Classic Horse Show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. That means five days of intense hunter jumper competition, from May 21 – 25, with Monday’s $25,000 Memorial Day Classic Grand Prix as the big finale.
Even if you don’t know an oxer from an oxford shirt, watching the breath-taking action of Grand Prix jumping on the grass field at the Equestrian Center is an idyllic away to spend the day. The West Coast’s top jumping talent will be competing for the big prize money, an event that always brings out a crowd.
The gates open at 12:30pm with the event starting at 1:30 but you’ll want to be sure to get there early in order to get a good seat in the semi-shady grand stands. Tickets are $12.00 in advance or $16.00 the day of the show. Or, if you’ve some tax refund money burning a hole in your pocket, treat yourself and five of your closest friends to the luxury of an umbrella covered VIP table complete with a full spread of food for just $400.00.
Here are some tips for enjoying a relaxing day watching this exciting equestrian sport:
- Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen: the weather should be close to perfect as the predictions call for mostly sunny conditions and a high of 75 degrees but it can still get pretty toast on the metal grandstands if you don’t get a place in the shade.
- Buy a program: Don’t give in to the inclination to save a few dollars. It’s a lot more fun when you can follow the names of the horses and riders as well as keep score.
- Stay until the very end: Don’t do the usual LA trick and leave before the event is over. The course is open for the general public to walk after the competition is over, giving you the rare opportunity to see close up just how big the fences really are and possibly pick up a flower or two as a souvenir. The winners may also be available to meet and sign autographs.
While you’re there, check out the bargains at LA Saddlery’s Annual Memorial Day Sale. Deals from 20 – 80% off make this a sale any rider or horse owner shouldn’t miss. They also have a wide selection of sun hats in case you forget yours.