The festival brings thousands of the best-trained horses from the U.S. and Canada to the region each summer for a series of show jumping competitions — including four Grand Prix events, the most competitive class of equestrian sport.
Show jumping has become one of the most popular of equestrian sports. Competitors drive hundreds of miles to participate in sanctioned jumping events, and crowds of fans and curious spectators turn out to watch them go through their paces.
“It’s a fascinating thing to watch, even for those who don’t think of themselves as horse people,” says promoter Alex Rheinheimer, a horsewoman from Wellington, Fla., who is the dynamo behind Horse Shows By the Bay. “There’s just something so graceful and stirring about these events.”
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