By Jonathan Phelps
---- — IPSWICH — The Jumper Classic, which was set to return to the North Shore next week, will be moved to September due to flooding conditions.
The international equestrian show-jumping event had been scheduled for July 10 to 14 at the 100-acre Maplecroft Farm on Essex Street. The new date is Sept. 4 to 8.
All tickets purchased in advance will be honored.
There has been heavy and consistent rainfall throughout the entire month of June, said Melissa Lovasco, president and CEO of the event.
“It is so wet down there, it is impossible to have a show,” she said. “Everything is underwater, and we are getting more rain.”
While the fields are in good condition, everything around them is muddy and wet. A tractor trailer making a delivery to the site last week got stuck three times, Lovasco said. The conditions would not be ideal for exhibitors or spectators and could damage the property, she said.
This year marks the event’s return to the North Shore after moving to New Hampshire five years ago.
The event, founded in 1989, has evolved into a Grand Prix challenge that draws thousands of spectators each year. The event was held at Myopia Hunt Club’s schooling field in Hamilton for six years, before moving to Hampton Falls, N.H., in 2008, after organizers could not come to financial terms with the Hunt Club. But before Myopia, the event was held for two years at Maplecroft Farm.
This year’s classic will feature everything from children’s classes to a $75,000 Grand Prix prize event.
The event will take place on Maplecroft’s polo field with grass footings. The farm has easy access on Route 133, and there is plenty of parking on the property, Lovasco said.
“Everything will be the same, if not better,” Lovasco said of the rescheduled event.
Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.