Prior to the initial J Bar J Classic held in 1989, the event was known as the High Desert Horse Faire, and had mixed success over a five year period.  Beginning in 1989, the Board of Directors of J Bar J Boys Ranch, Inc. agreed to provide the labor and effort required to resurrect the event, and to expand its impact across the Western United States.

Today, the Oregon High Desert Classics is the largest and most prestigious Hunter-Jumper competition in the Northwest, bringing over 600 of the finest horses and most talented riders from the United States and Canada to Bend, Oregon for two weeks in July each year.

2019 Classics in the news:

Bend Bulletin: Horse Show Returns to Bend – 30th annual Oregon High Desert Classics start Wednesday

Bend Bulletin: Central Oregon’s biggest horse show underway in Bend

Bend Bulletin: Alexa Webber takes Oregon High Desert Classics Grand Prix win

Bend Bulletin: Mother-son team has been coming to Bend’s High Desert Classics horse show for more than 25 years

Bend Lifestyle Magazine: Good Times Section

Top Line Media: Photos from the Oregon High Desert Classic

2018 Classics in the news:

The Bend Bulletin: Young Central Oregon rider works to compete

News Channel 21: Popular Bend horse show raises funds for worthy cause, Oregon High Desert Classics in 29th year.

The Bulletin’s Area 97 Magazine: The Spectators Guide to the Oregon High Desert Classics (pgs 32-38)
and My 97 Cents Worth by Stephanie Alvstad (page 96)

Bend Lifestyle: Included photos from both the classics and J Bar J’s 50th Birthday Celebration