The year was 1985 and Oliver Kennedy was on his way to dinner with a friend when he drove by Howard Community College.
A light bulb went off.
Kennedy, a Columbia native and manager of equestrian show-jumping competitions around the country, had been talking with his boss about organizing a show in Howard County, but finding the right location was a bit of a challenge.
"When we passed by the college and I looked at the lawn, I said, 'This is the perfect place for a show,' " Kennedy said recently.
The school wasn't using the front lawn at the time, so officials approved the event as long as the show's organizers left the lawn in the same condition they...