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September 5, 2013

Myopia Hunt Club Hosts 113th Annual Horse Show

Hamilton, MAOn August 31st and September 1st, 2013,the 113th Annual Myopia Horse Show took center stage at the Myopia Schooling Field in Hamilton, Massachusetts.  One of the longest running horse shows in the country, the Myopia Horse Show is a fixture and a favorite among horsemen and the community alike.  The show incudes hunter, equitation, and jumper classes held over two days. This year’s show was well attended in spite of intermittent New England thunder showers.

The Myopia Horse Show is unique for having one of the few remaining natural outside hunter courses in the country. The Saturday schedule highlights many traditional classes enjoyed by patrons of the show at a festive ringside Patrons’ Luncheon.  

A favorite is the Old Campaigner Cup, the lead line classthat has been not only the beginning of many illustrious equestrian careers, but also honors the horses and ponies that for many years have allowed these debut performances.  

Saturday also features the Ladies’ Side-Saddle Hunter Class with the Barbara Keough trophy, won this year by Wendy Wood and Roma, and the $2,500 Myopia Hunter Derby, won for the second year in a row by Anna Pavlov and Adelante.  Other popular Saturday classes include the Qualified Hunters, the Family Class, and Pairs of Hunters over fences and under saddle. The final class of the day, the Vixen’s Cup, was won by Hope Cushman.  The Vixen’s Cup, a longstanding Myopia tradition, recognizes the best junior fox hunter.  It is held on the outside course over traditional hunt field obstacles, including coops, walls, hedges and ditches commonly found on the hunt field.

The highlight of the Sunday schedule is the $2,500 Myopia Jumper Classic, held on Myopia’s beautiful grass grand prix jumping field.  To the crowd’s delight, it was won this year by Andrea Little Eaton on Mr. Nighttime, two very popular local competitors in their debut classic performance together.