Just a few miles down the road from Portland’s hipster atheistic, the charming city of Sherwood hosts a regal affair with the Dressage at DevonWood (July 21-23 at the DevonWood Equestrian Centre). The epic horseback riding and dressage near Portland draws over 150 riders from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and Canada. As one of the largest dressage events in the Pacific Northwest, Dressage at DevonWood has a combined schedule of more than 500 rides across three days. Riders from every riding class compete for seat medals, as well as in the graceful musical freestyle competition.
Dressage at DevonWood VIP
Dressage devotees (and those new to the sport!) can come watch the equestrian elegance for just the cost of parking. If you’re feeling fancy, then VIP tickets are the way to go. VIP standing includes a fully catered dinner on Saturday and a decadent Sunday brunch. If there’s ever a time to indulge in some fanciful fun, this is it.
What to Do in between Events
While the dressage events will keep you plenty occupied, do make time for a few of the other deluxe offerings near the equestrian center. Partake in a sunset dinner on the patio of Tree’s Restaurant. The upscale Italian-Creole cuisine is belly and soul satisfying. For even more Italian flair, savor a glass of Pinot at Alloro Vineyard. The tasting room looks like an Italian villa and the hospitality there simply cannot be beat. As night rolls around, tuck in at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport. Luckily, the Bridgeport Village shopping center is just across the road. You may be tempted to peruse the Saks Off 5th store for some tax-free outfits to wear to Dressage at DevonWood.
Take a Vineyard Ride
Of course, you may have the itch to experience horseback riding near Portland yourself. Luckily, Bella Rue Stables is hosting genteel rides on the Plum Hill Vineyards property ($80-$100 per person; make reservation by calling 503-747-9846). Your sweet horse will gingerly lead you around the property. Your reward for a ride well done? A wine tasting and cheese plate to enjoy vineyard-side.
Ready for a bad pun? Here it is: Say “neigh” instead of “nay” to horseback riding and dressage near Portland. The Tualatin Valley, and the beautiful horses here, can’t wait to meet you.