Olympic veterans are spotlighted at Columbia horse jumping show

September 20, 1991|By Ross Peddicord

The Columbia Classic Grand Prix, with a larger purse, more competitors and increased sponsorship, is becoming a major new Maryland horse event.

A field of about 35 horses and riders, including Olympic veterans Michael Matz, Tim Grubb and Mario Deslauriers, will compete on Sunday at the $25,000 jumping show, held on the grounds of Howard Community College in Columbia.

The show fills a void left by the cancellation this fall of the Baltimore Jumping Classic, which had attracted the nation's top show jumpers to the Baltimore Arena for the last 10 years.

That show was partly a victim of city budget cuts.

Columbia show manager Oliver Kennedy said he expects a crowd of about 3,500 to 5,000 on Sunday. A junior amateur class, starting at 1 p.m., precedes the Classic, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free.

The college is located on Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, near the Merriweather Post Pavilion.

The Grand Prix is the major fund-raiser for the college's scholarship fund and is expected to bring in a record $75,000 this year.

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