The OHDC Experience:
Approved by the US Hunter Jumper Association, this show is one of only 25 to receive Heritage Horse Show Designation. It is also the only show of this caliber that exists as a fundraiser for a youth non-profit! Besides being a top notch show, proceeds from the Classics support the 7 programs for at-risk kids under the J Bar J Youth Services’ umbrella.
This summer, we are delighted to welcome Paul Jewell as our new Show Manager. Paul is a familiar face on the showgrounds around the country, from Vermont to Devon, Chicago and now Bend Oregon! Whether managing, judging, or course design, Paul has been involved with horse shows for 30 years. He holds his US Equestrian “R” jumper judge license and he is also a sought-after “R” course designer in both hunters and jumpers. (Registered with the big “R” is the highest level)
Paul brings not only a high level of expertise to our show, but also new ideas. We are excited to work with Paul in this new role. The 2020 OHDC is sure to be a stellar experience for exhibitors and vendors!
We also say good bye and express our gratitude to Dianne Johnson for 23 years of leadership in developing and managing The Oregon High Desert Classics. Dianne grew the OHDC to be a world class show and successful fundraiser for the J Bar J programs that help youth facing homelessness, teen pregnancy, adjudication and family crisis, get the help they need to become healthy citizens. Thank you Dianne!
Prize list update 5/20/20
We need to let everyone know that we have changed a few things in our prize list. These are the things we’ve updated and added:
USEF Waiver and Entry Forms. USEF sent us an updated version of their new separate Waiver/ Release form, and asked us to remove the old waiver from our entry forms.
USEF Rules: USEF sent us updated membership and motorized vehicle statements for the Rules and Information section.
Map and Directions: We have added our physical address as well as a couple of maps.
Jumper Classes Section: We added a statement regarding the method of breaking ties.
Corrected misprints and typos:
GREEN CONFORMATION HUNTER: the fence height was listed as 3′ and 3’3, it is 3’6 for this section.
JUNIOR HUNTERS 3’6: The words “Small” and “Large” were removed from the description of the U/S classes.
USHJA HUNTERS 2′: The height is 2′, there was a typo on that line.
ADULT JUMPERS: .90m and 1.0m Adult Jumper classes were missing “Amateur” in the title.
We apologize for any inconvenience or misunderstanding these misprints might have caused, and appreciate your understanding.
A note on our protocols for the Oregon High Desert Classic
To Our Valued Trainers, Exhibitors and Attendees:
The Oregon High Desert Classics is first a horse show competition for YOU!
In years past we have promoted this as an “event” to garner community support and provide further awareness of the programs J Bar J Youth Services provides for the youth in our region and state.
Governor Brown’s strategy to re-open business in Oregon has required us to modify our event this year. Due to COVID-19 regulations we have had to eliminate some of the aspects we are so well known for, such as spectators and the seated dining experiences. This however, does not prevent us from holding the equestrian competition we provide the horse riding industry each year.
We have, along with USEF, USHJA, and the Deschutes County Public Health Department, drafted a COVID-19 plan that we will present to our Deschutes County Commissioners of the procedure and actions we will be taking to proceed with planning and executing this competition in July.
We will provide hand washing stations, hand sanitizer and – if needed- replacement disposable face coverings for our exhibitors. Our staff will be required to have their temperatures taken and recorded each day upon arriving for their shifts, wear face coverings and gloves when being of service or assisting attendees of the show. When it is necessary to be closer than 6 feet to offer service we will provide plexiglass barriers to protect both parties. Frequently touched surfaces will be wiped and disinfected throughout the day. Enclosed areas and buildings will be setup with a separate entrance and exit and limited to a maximum number of individuals. Signage will be posted throughout the property to provide a gentle reminder to abide by the physical distancing recommendations.
We have partnered with Dynamic Video to host a Live Virtual Broadcast of our special, featured, and better attended classes and events. Providing the means for those who like to watch the competitions.
We recommend, and it is required by USEF, that all attendees to our show bring and wear their own face coverings. We also recommend that you bring with you disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, and any other items that will make your participation more comfortable. We strongly encourage participants to register for the competition using online means to complete forms and pay fees.
Through all the modifications and requirements our show may look different this year and we want to assure you: We will still be offering our VIP Patron ticket, which will be a take-out breakfast and lunch with a beverage, each day of the competition. We will still have our Prize Room filled with fantastic offerings from the local area. We will still have a Vendor Village with the tack, food, and craft items you love and need. We will still be able to ride our horses and enjoy a horse show competition.
If all of our planning, procedures, and strategies are not enough and we are not able to hold our show, we will do our best to notify you on or before June 12th.
We hope this provides a better picture of what our horse show will look like this year. We want to make it safely through the Re-Open phases, hold our horse show, and get back to our regularly scheduled event next year.
We look forward to hosting you at our competition this summer. If you have any questions please give us a call.
OHDC Horse Show Manager
Facilitating positive change for youth.
Your participation supports our programs helping kids on the path to
self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, creating brighter outcomes.
Special Classes for 2020
This is what we currently have planned for this summer:
Thursday each week
Welcome $2,500 Jumper Stake
Thursday Week one
Gamblers Choice (costumes encouraged)
Thursday Week 2
USHJA REGIONAL $5,000 3’/3’3 Green Hunter Incentive &
USHJA REGIONAL $5,000 3’6″/3’9″ Green Hunter
Friday each week
$5,000 National Hunter Derby
Saturday each week
$25,000 Grand Prix
Dog Tricks Class week one Dog Costume Class week two
Sunday each week
$10,000 International Hunter Derby
Sunday each week
$2,500 Mini Prix
Hospitality: Hotels and Restaurants
The mountain town that has it all. A warm, inviting mountain getaway with a cosmopolitan appeal is what you’ll find when you arrive in the friendly town of Bend, Oregon. Majestic, snow-capped peaks adorn the high-desert skyline, making for some of the best weather in Oregon , think sun-drenched days and cool nights. Exhibitors have endless options for off time with first class lodging, delicious dinning, numerous activities and plenty of shopping, all members of your group will be satisfied Please visit our partners for more information on Bend, Oregon.
Hotels: From world-class resorts and cosmopolitan boutique hotels, to cozy bed-and-breakfasts and an abundant mix of Bend vacation homes, Bend offers the perfect lodging accommodations for every visitor and every budget.
Restaurants: You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the diverse selection of restaurants and dining options in Bend; mouth-watering cuisine that will satisfy your deepest cravings. Enjoy the epitome of fine dining with meals prepared by some of the world’s finest chefs. When it comes to cuisine, Bend truly over-delivers.
Schedule, Results & Online Entries
For full list of class schedules, order of go, entries, counts and results, please visit our partners:
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Location and Directions
The Oregon High Classics is located at :
62895 Hamby Road in Bend, Oregon 97701.
For driving directions Click Here.