More than 100 people at the Cleveland Metorparks Polo Field gathered ringside at the Jumper Ring pavilion in support of the Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show Endowment Fund for a Saturday Summer Supper.
The benefit featured a lovely buffet supper by Gavi’s Catering of margarita pizza, tropical mango salad, beef kabobs and potato salad with watercress and white wine vinegar, among other offerings, as well as cocktails. The pavilion was surrounded by the lush landscaping of Aristotle Design Group Inc., and guests also took part in a wine pull to benefit the restoration of the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club Stables. Cream roses and hydrangeas in square glass vases created eye-opening centerpieces for the tables.
The evening’s main attraction, though, was the beautiful United States Hunter Jumper Association Hunter Derby, which featured many local riders. Guests of the Summer Supper, one of two endowment fund benefit parties during the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic, included both local supporters as well as many from around the country.
Hosted by Billie Steffee and Kate Scovil, the Hunter Derby parties, which also included a Saturday morning breakfast the following week with 50 guests, have been held for six years. This year’s events raised more than $30,000.
Ms. Steffee explained that the CVPHA Horse Show Endowment Fund, established in 2006, is a nonprofit public charity which seeks to preserve and protect the Chagrin Valley Hunger Jumper Classic Horse Show for perpetuity.
The horse show’s rich tradition includes the Cleveland Grand Prix, the nation’s oldest grand prix which began in the early 1960s and the American Gold Cup, which began in 1970. Since the horse show’s return to the polo fields in 1996, the CVPHA has contributed more than $1 million to local and national organizations. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUE REID