Reviews and Coverage


“Chagrin Falls was always one of my favorite shows. I was there during the floods and had been going since the sixties. The book is a great historical reference for people. I am a history buff and it was very nostalgic to see the early days and Gene (Mische), Rodney (Jenkins), Bernie (Traurig). I really liked the book and it is a great addition to my library I would recommend to others.”

George MorrisOlympic Medalist, U.S.E.T. Coach, President of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, 1984 Cleveland Grand Prix winner on Brussels

“Very special. Good job.”  

Bernie Traurig, Cleveland Grand Prix Winner 1973 on Springdale and 1978 on The Cardinal 

“The Cleveland Grand Prix was the first major test I ever witnessed, before becoming a full-time announcer, and I was hooked. Little did I know that I would be a part of the production for many years and this book takes me back in a perfect form. What a super job on the Cleveland Grand Prix book. We need to make it available on the Hall of Fame website as recommended reading. I loved it.

Peter Doubleday, Horse Show Manager, Announcer and Chairman of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame


…Anyone interested in the sport of show jumping or in the history of horse sport in this country will enjoy this book’s engaging trip down memory lane.  

Molly Sorge, Chronicle of the Horse, November 17, 2014, “Bookshelf”

In The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First, author Betty Weibel chronicles the founding of the horse show, the rise of the American grand prix, and the evolution of show jumping into the sport that we enjoy today. While name-dropping famous pairs such as Mary Chapot and Tomboy, and Buddy Brown and Sandsablaze, Weibel explores the development of grand prix classes, courses, and the rise of American prominence in show jumping. Filled with anecdotes and great stories of the first American grand prix classes, this book is a must read for any equestrian with interest in the history of our sport… 

Hannah Neil, Horse & Style Magazine, October/November 2014 – Page 19, “Between the Lines”


The Chronicle of the Horse UnTACKED, July/August 2015, “The Cleveland Grand Prix Turns 50”, pages 78-85 

Cleveland Magazine, July 2015, “Shoe In”

USHJA Wheeler Museum Adds Chagrin Valley PHA Horse Show to Current Exhibit, April 2015, “2015 marks the 50th anniversary of grand prix show jumping in the United States”

Chagrin Valley Magazine, 2014-15, “A Heritage of Horses”

Geauga Country Maple Leaf, October 4, 2014, “Cleveland Grand Prix Memories, Grandeur Fill Weibel’s Book”

The Union Club Newsletter, September 2014, “Equestrian Sport, Area History Focus of Author Luncheon”, page 2 

Currents, August 2014, “Horse-related injuries set Betty Weibel on course to write book”

Lake Erie College News, July 9, 2014, “Alumna recounts history of Cleveland Grand Prix in new book”

Chagrin Valley Times, June 12, 2014, “Author shows start of Grand Prix in Chagrin Valley”

YAHOO Voices, June 9, 2014, “The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First”

OPHA News, Spring 2014, “The Cleveland Grand Prix Comes to Life in New Book”