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Kent School revives equine tradition

KENT — Nearly two decades ago the Grand Prix field at The Kent School was a proving ground for area riders. Over the years it has been supplanted by newer venues to the west and south. Now, this Saturday, Sept. 17, marks the return of a classic show jumping competition here with the Grand Prix field taking center stage. The Double Clear Jumper Show will be held at the Kent School stables at the top of Skiff Mountain Road in Kent. The school hosts USEA Area 1 horse trials in the spring and fall, but this will be the first time there has been an open horse show in more than 15 years.Three-time Olympian Michael Page is the head instructor of the riding program at Kent and he will be overseeing the show with event organizer Ray Denis. The show will have three competitions rings. The show is being sponsored by Stephen Blauner and Bonnie Stedt, both of Pine Plains; by Lisa Cox, an eventing and dressage judge from Pennsylvania; and by Salisbury Bank & Trust. To register, Ray Denis at 978-239-2024 or email RaymondJDenis@aol.com. The show starts at 9 a.m. Entries are accepted on the day of the show.

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