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POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 28, 2013 Page 9 Off to the Races in Ipswich (Photo courtesy Off to the Races ....The Jumper Classic is the pre- mier social sporting event and one of New England's only Show Jumping compe- titions. Wednesday, July 10t~ through Sunday, July 14~h. It all takes place at their new home of Maplecroft Farm in Ipswich, Massachusetts• The nations and some of the world's most recognized equestrian athletes will be competing in the sport of show jumping at The Jumper Classic in picturesque Ipswich on Boston's North Shore. One of the key competi- tions on the East Coast show jumping circuit, The Jumper Classic brings the equestrian sport of Olympic- style show jumping to New England each year. It is a favorite outdoor sporting event for devoted fans, horse enthusiasts and families. More than 500 horses, I00 corporate sponsors and 10,000 spectators converge for what the Boston Globe dubbed "The Social Sporting Event of the Season." It is always a gala entertainment event where spectators en- joy the unique combination of top notch competition, boutique shopping, gourmet dining and family entertain- ment on the grounds of one of the best equestrian cen- ters in New England. The Jumper Classic show- cases the top national and for the 2013 Jumper Classic. of huntersbrookstables.com) international equestrians -- from up-and-coming junior athletes to the best of the best, including polished Olympic medalists. Specta- tors rarely have the opportu- nity to watch this level of the sport except on special tele- vision broadcasts. At a show of this caliber, over $125,000 in prize money is at stake as ath- letes compete in over 50 classes designed to chal- lenge horse and rider at various levels and the spec- tators get the closest view possible of all the action in the show rings. The five-day show tradi- tionally opens on Wednes- day, when horses and riders, known as exhibitors, com- pete in the first of many classes in three rings on the 100-acre show grounds. For the next five days, the com- petition increases in diffi- culty as the jumps become higher and wider. The Jumper Classic draws spectators from the profes- sional, financial and elite equestrian communities for an elegant and exhilarating day of socializing. This year's expected attendance of over 10,000 spectators demon- strate the popularity of the event and how it has grown since its inception 23 years ago. Over 10,000 invitations are sent to members of Greater New England's pres- tigious clubs and charitable All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei CAFF PoN PEI TEL. 617-ZZ7-1~6Z FA'>(. 617-742-7927 Bistro * Beer * Wine organizations. Hundreds of corporate guests, including executives and clients of national corporations, New England's leading financial institutions, retailers, law firms and their families gather at this glorious social equestrian event. Saturday is Family Day when the focus is on fun for all ages. Children under 13 are admitted free. Non-stop show jumping competition in three rings goes on throughout the day on the grounds. Gala charity lun- cheons are held in the VIP tents to benefit a therapeu- tic riding program and a horse rescue organization. Sunday is the day of the spectacular $50,000 Grand Prix competition and $12,000 Speed Stake. VIP guests enjoy a special champagne luncheon ringside at el- egantly decorated tables under the tents. The day be- gins with the spectacular Opening Ceremonies fea- turing skydiving perfor- mances during the singing of the National Anthem and musical entertainment. For VIP guests, the traditional Ladies' Hat Contest is always a favorite event and winners are presented with special prizes. All guests enjoy the atmosphere of a day in the country on the beautifully groomed show grounds and everyone has a ringside view of the show jumping competition on the Grand Prix field. This family fun event is a one of a kind experience and a great way to spend a weekend in the summer sun! The event will be taking place July 10~-14~ at the Maplecroft Farm in Ipswich located at 94 Essex Road. For more information and times on races you can visit www.jumperclassic.com. Legendary Artist Hits the Hub .... Saturday, July 13~ Patrick Krief will make his way to Cafd 939 for a special performance. Montreal-based artist Patrick Krief (longtime gui- tarist for The Dears) is set to tour the United States, with stops planned in 17 cities. Rock Ridge Music re- leased his album, Hundred Thousand Pieces, on March 19m in the U.S. (with distri- bution via ADA). On the self-produced, self- mixed album, Krief plays • nearly all the instruments himself (with help from former Black Diamond Bay member Roberto Piccioni), DIAMONDS Ro- x / ESTATE JEWELRY l Bought & Sold l Jewelers Exch. Bldg. / • Jim ,(617) 263-7766 .... Patrick Krief makes his way to the Hub for a performance at the Cafe 939. (Photo courtesy of rockridgemusic.com) and he alsocomposed the complex, melodically inde- pendent string, brass and choir arrangements. Hun- dred Thousand Pieces, Krief says, is full of touches he obsessed over; he was com- mitted to creating music that was strongly evocative, inspired by his work scoring films. The 10 songs on the album deal with his anxi- eties about growing older and continuing down the financially precarious road of a professional musician. Hundred Thousand Pieces fol- lows Kriei~s work with The Dears, his first solo release, 2007's Take It or Leave EP, and 2009's Calm Awaits as part of the band Black Dia- mond Bay. While most of Hundred Thousand Pieces was re- corded at his Cote-des- Neiges apartment, bits and pieces of it were recorded on his laptop while touring with Black Diamond Bay, the drums were laid down at Mixart studios in the N.D.G. neighborhood of Montreal, and even a few old demo tracks he simply couldn't re- create made the final mix. Completing Hundred Thou- sand Pieces has given Krief the resolve to continue on the unpredictable artistic path he's been leading these past eight years and to not fear telling his stories, his way. "Songs like 'Simple Lives' and 'Forever Good- night' deal with those ques- tions, about packing it all in and making music as a hobby on the side," Krief says. Toro Magazine called Hundred Thousand Pieces "one of the year's finest records." Prior to his solo outings and around the time NME hailed them as "the best new band in the world," Krief joined The Dears, an indie rock band from Montreal known for their orchestral, dark pop and dramatic live shows. Krief's impassioned guitars graced the band's music live and on record from 2003 to 2008 and he reconnected with the band in 2010 and remains a member now. The Dears toured extensively across Canada, U.S., UK, Europe, Japan and Australia, includ- ing opening slots for Sloan, The Tragically Hip, Keane, The Secret Machines and Morrissey. While on break from The Dears, Krief re- corded with Black Diamond Bay, which also featured former drummer of The Dears, George Donoso Ill. This stop on Patrick's 17 city tour is sure to be a great show and one not to be missed! Caf~ 939 is located at 939 Boylston Street, Bos- ton and can be reached at (617) 747-6038 for more in- formation. If you would like to see more about this show or upcoming performances visit www.cafe939.com. Boston Newest Summer Festival .... Outside the Box has locked down the official schedule for its free nine day summer performing arts festival on Boston Common and City Hall Plaza July 13a- 21st. The inaugural festival will kick off at noon on Saturday, July 13a on Boston Common (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWWJ USTINEYANDLEPH OTOGRAPHYI.COM