The Evergreen Classic Horse Show has its roots in the Seattle area dating back to 1976 when two couples, the Johnson's and the Baierle's, wanted to establish a high caliber hunter-jumper event for equestrians in the Northwest. After its humble beginning on the property where Gold Creek Athletic Club now stands, the show spent a number of years at Marymoor Park in Redmond where it climaxed in 2002 as a benefit for Northwest Children's Fund with a $50,000 Grand Prix.
After a significant fee increase by King County for use of Marymoor Park, the show moved to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The show dates ownership was acquired by the Washington State Hunter Jumper Association (WSHJA) which hired Emerald Horse Productions (Clare Warren, Jil Edwards, Jacquie Moore) to manage the show. The show was held in Monroe from 2003 through 2006.
In September 2006, Carnation resident, Kevin Goyena, approached Bonnie and Gary Remlinger with the idea of Remlinger Farms hosting the show. Kevin took David Robinson, another local equestrian enthusiast and competitor, to the first meeting with the Remlingers where Gary and Bonnie introduced the two to a beautiful 80 acre piece of Remlinger property just a couple of miles from their main farm. Soon there was excitement growing in the local equestrian community for the potential of the Evergreen Classic to return to beautiful grass fields once again.
Very early in 2007 a decision had to be made—stay in Monroe for 2007 or make the move to the Remlinger property. EHP considered all the pros and cons and made the bold decision to move the show. Actions were set in motion to secure the use of the land, prepare the footing, find 500+ portable stalls, signup sponsors, and so much more. With the determination of EHP and the support of the Remlingers, the show was a great success. The site was extremely well received by the exhibitors, show officials, vendors, and spectators. The local community was also very supportive of the event.
From 2008 through 2011 the show was managed by the Washington Hunter-Jumper Foundation as a benefit for Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center and the Foundation. In 2012 and again this year, the show will be managed by the Washington State Hunter Jumper Association. And we're pleased to have Dianne Johnson returning as Show Manager.
We all look forward to returning again to Remlinger Farms Equestrian Park for the 2013 show and hope to see you there.