Laddie Andahazy fell in love with horse jumping while watching the German equestrian team sweep the 1936 Berlin Olympics. So when he returned home to Cleveland, Andahazy brought the jumping show concept back. Along with partner Jerry Baker, he started the Cleveland Grand Prix in 1965 — the first in North America — with 16 obstacles modeled off European courses. "Cleveland was such an equestrian hub in its day," says Betty Weibel, author of The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First.At the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field July 2-12, the event celebrates 50 years with an exhibit of past winners. "It's nice that we can remember those involved and have the new generation celebrate the anniversary," says Karen Schneider, a chairwoman who showed a horse in the '60s. 3841 Chagrin River Road, Moreland Hills,clevelandhorseshow.com
When Maria McNamara died from brain cancer 11 years ago this month, she left a legacy of joy and caring for others. But now, her field of sunflowers, which helps bring awareness and raise money to fight childhood cancer, is threatened by development.