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Equitation Tuesdays are a Hit at the Vermont Summer Festival

July 11, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

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John Porter and Kennebec Claim Three Victories in Two Weeks

East Dorset, Vermont — The introduction of ‘Equitation Tuesdays’ at the Vermont Summer Festival kicked off July 2 to much success at Harold Beebe farm.  Fifteen-year-old John Porter of North Kingstown, RI, captured three equitation titles during the first two weeks of competition in East Dorset, VT.

Porter and Kennebec, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Rebecca Clawson, took home blue ribbons in the Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS) National Children’s Medal during both weeks one and two in addition to earning top honors in the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal during Equitation Tuesday.

John Porter rode Kennebec to victory in the THIS Children's National Medal during the first-ever 'Equitation Tuesday' at the Vermont Summer Festival. Photo by David Mullinix Photography

John Porter rode Kennebec to victory in the THIS Children’s National Medal during the first-ever ‘Equitation Tuesday’ at the Vermont Summer Festival.
Photo by David Mullinix Photography

“It was a boost of confidence because I knew that I needed more points in those classes and I finally started stepping up and getting what I needed to get done,” Porter said of his winning streak. “It made me feel like, ‘yeah, I can do this!’”

Kennebec has been Porter’s trusted equitation mount since January of this year.  “He has a big, forward stride and he’s nice to flow down the lines.  He can come back to me super easily and jumps the height well, so he’s really good for the equitations,” Porter described.

Porter appreciated the extra chances that Equitation Tuesdays provide to qualify for year-end finals.  “I think it’s so nice because you get two chances to try to qualify for [finals].  If you don’t do well Tuesday, you have another chance during the week.  If you do well both days, then it’s perfect!  I think it’s a really great idea.”

The first year of Equitation Tuesdays was also Porter’s first year competing at the Vermont Summer Festival.  The close-knit atmosphere and convenient lay-out of the showgrounds stood out as Porter’s favorite part of the show.

“I really like how the rings and everything are so close together.  I never have to go back and rush to get ready because I’m always right there.  It’s just a two minute walk compared to fifteen minutes or more, which is so nice,” Porter commented.

Tegan Treacy also rode to multiple equitation wins.  Treacy won the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship on Tuesday and followed that performance with a victory in the THIS National Children’s Medal during Saturday of week one of competition.  Mark Holman’s Patriot, a 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding, was Treacy’s winning partner.

Patriot and Treacy have only been together for two or three months, but the experienced gelding has proven to be a valuable partner for Treacy in the equitation ring.

“He helps me out a lot.  If I go for a long distance, he’s pretty willing to leave it out, or if I want to get a short distance he’s willing to do what I want.  He also knows his job and goes in and knows what he needs to do, which is helpful,” Treacy explained.

Treacy is returning to East Dorset for her fifth year at the Vermont Summer Festival.  She looks forward to the show’s competitive yet laid-back atmosphere as well as the local charm of East Dorset and neighboring Manchester.

“[The show] is in a nice area; it’s not in the middle of nowhere!” Treacy laughed.  “It’s also a nice facility and it’s competitive, but not over the top.”

Sunny Drescher was the final victor of the first Equitation Tuesday, winning the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search aboard her own Sting.

Regular competition for the first week of competition began Wednesday July 3.  Wendy Collins was among the riders who emerged victorious from equitation classes during the week.  Collins rode her horse Delorean to first place in the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal.

First place in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship was awarded to Thea Chafee.  Chafee piloted her own Galliard to the top finish.  Abby Bertelson and Eclypso was another owner-rider pair to earn top honors.  The duo won the WIHS Overall after sweeping the hunter and jumper phases of competition.

Junior riders weren’t the only ones racking up points in the equitation ring.  Haleigh Landrigan finished first in the Ariat National Adult Medal aboard Acovibu, owned by Nancy Vinal.

Equitation Tuesday II kicked off the second week of the Vermont Summer Festival.  In addition to Porter’s second THIS National Children’s Medal victory, Jillian Schelzi and Kate Ross also earned top placings.  Schelzi won the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal on her own Van Gogh, and Ross piloted Katherine Joseph’s Sancho to the blue ribbon finish in the ASPCA Horsemanship.

The second week of the Vermont Summer Festival continues Thursday, highlighted by the $10,000 Vineyard Vines Open Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, at Harold Beebe Farm.

The Vermont Summer Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary in its current Manchester location, offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.

The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix.  The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 10.  The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, is held each Thursday.  The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby is also held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). Please e-mail us or visit our website for more information about the Vermont Summer Festival.

 

Carly Morrison and Wendy Collins Claim Sunday Classics in Vermont

July 08, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont – Canada’s Carly Morrison and Connecticut’s Wendy Collins were the two big winners on Sunday, July 7, at the Vermont Summer Festival running July 2 through August 11 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.  Morrison took the win in the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic riding Duvel while Collins emerged victorious in the $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic.

 

Morrison was the first of six to return for the jump-off in the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, and a tidy tour of the jump-off track yielded a four-fault score in a time of 44.38 seconds.  Others who followed opted to try for slow and steady clear rounds, but the rails kept falling.  Helena Le Picart came closest to catching Morrison, but her four-fault effort in a time of 44.62 seconds aboard Bon Vivant would not be fast enough to take over the lead.

“Canada’s Carly Morrison riding Duvel won the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic on Sunday, July 7, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.”
Photo Credits – David Mullinix Photography

 

“As the first one in, you always want to be the one to set the bar because you are not in a position to chase anyone,” said Morrison of Creemore, ON.  “We did an inside turn and unfortunately had it down, but we got lucky.  Our strategy worked out.”

 

Morrison trains with Christi and Mac McQuaker at Gryphon Farms in Schomberg, ON.  Mac McQuaker had imported Duvel as a three-year-old from Holland, and Morrison purchased the now nine-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding when he was five.

 

“He was my dream horse, the one I always longed for in the barn,” said Morrison who has now been partnered with Duvel for the past four years.  “He’s got tons of personality.  He’s spunky, full of energy, and so much fun to be around.  We developed together from the one-meter jumpers.  We know each other very well, and I think that’s what makes us click.  It also helps that Mac has been the trainer all along.”

 

Entering her second year at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, Morrison is showing at the Vermont Summer Festival for the third time, having also competed in 2009 and 2010.

 

“It’s a great show, and it’s so beautiful here,” said Morrison, 19, who will also be contesting week two of the Vermont Summer Festival.  “Everyone in the community is really helpful.”

 

 

In the $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic, four riders qualified for the jump-off including Vivian Yowan with two mounts.  As the first rider back to challenge the shortened jump-off track set by Irish course designer Alan Wade, Yowan laid down a clear trip in a time of 44.10 seconds with G&C Sacramento, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.  Chelsea McCarthy was next in the ring with Poco Van Depco, but an eight fault score would leave them fourth in the final standings.

 

Collins then took up the challenge, posting a fault-free effort in a time of 39.10 seconds to move into the lead.  Yowan had one last chance to take the title, but it wasn’t meant to be as a rail down with Cloverleaf Farm’s Ralvesther in a time of 40.26 would leave her third in the final standings.  With that, Collins scored her first victory in a Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic.

“Wendy Collins piloted Tomasa to victory in the $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic held Sunday, July 7, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.”
Photo Credits – David Mullinix Photography

“Consistency was what I was looking for today,” said Collins of her performance with Tomasa, a 12-year-old bay mare.  “We were clear, and it all paid off.”

 

Owned and normally shown by her mother, Tomasa is on loan to Collins as she completes her final year as a junior competitor.  In the fall, Collins will be starting school at Skidmore College and will part of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) program.

 

“The trainers from Skidmore are also competing here in Vermont, so I got to know the trainers and they got to see me win,” said Collins.  “Riding is such an individual sport, so I am really excited to ride as part of a team and represent my school.”

 

Originally from Seattle, Collins moved to Greenwich, CT, two years ago where she trains with Amy Lowrey of Narnia Farms.  She will be competing at the Vermont Summer Festival for weeks one and two, noting, “I love it here, it’s gorgeous.  I love all the green.  It’s very beautiful.  And the footing is great!”

 

Earlier in the day, the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic was won by Lauren Brody riding Urfee de Bornival for owner Lib Equine LLC.  Haley White, who trains with Holly Hill Farm, rode Tiona to victory in the $1,500 Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper Classic.

 

The six-week Vermont Summer Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary in its current Manchester location, offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.

 

The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix.  The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 10.  The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, is held each Thursday.  The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby is also held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.

 

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL).  For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.

 

 

$10,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic

 

            Rider                                        Horse                                       Faults               Time

1.         Carly Morrison                         Duvel                                       0:4                   44.38

2.         Helena Le Picart                       Bon Vivant                               0:4                   44:62

3.         Samantha Schaefer                   Sugar Ray                                0:4                   46.48

4.         Katie Tyler                               Seattle 6                                   0:4                   47.21

5.         Christine Walsh                        Henry                                       0:8                   49.92

6.         Abby Bertelson                        Sandra Z                                  0:12                 49.91

7.         Christine Walsh                        Cassius Clay                             4

8.         Rebecca Lituchy                       Volare                                      8

 

 

$5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic

 

            Rider                                        Horse                                       Faults               Time

1.         Wendy Collins                          Tomasa                                    0:0                   39.10

2.         Vivian Yowan                           G&C Sacramento                     0:0                   44.10

3.         Vivian Yowan                           Ralvesther                                0:4                   40.26

4.         Chelsea McCarthy                    Poco van Depco                       0:8                   42.03

5.         Juanita Mejia                            Aslan                                        4

6.         Susan Decone                          Delucia                                     4

7.         Jami Jensen                              Coriso                                      4

8.         Jami Jensen                              Disco Superfly                          4

Samantha Schaefer Scores Vermont Hunter Derby Victory

July 08, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont — Samantha Schaefer of Westminster, Maryland, celebrated the Fourth of July by winning the first $5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby of the six-week Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.  Offering over $750,000 in prize money, the Vermont Summer Festival runs July 2 through August 11 at Harold Beebe Farm.

The first time proved to be the charm as the Vermont Summer Festival marked Schaefer’s first competition riding Per Se, owned by Iron Horse Farm of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  In the opening week of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival, Schaefer and Per Se claimed the Pre-Green 3’3” Championship title, having won four out of five classes in the division.  Based on their success, Schaefer decided to enter Per Se in the $5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby.  The event is a qualifier for the $15,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby Final to be held at Fieldstone Show Park in Halifax, MA, on August 22.

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Samantha Schaefer guided Per Se to victory in the $5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby on July 4, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Photo by David Mullinix Photography

A total of 31 entries contested the first $5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby of the six-week Vermont Summer Festival.  Schaefer and Per Se received the highest score from the judges in the opening round, an 85, and therefore were the last to go of the 12 competitors that qualified to return for the handy round.  A score of 84 added to her first round score gave Schaefer a two-round total of 169 for the win.

“The course was nice, I thought it flowed really well, and I liked the handy, too,” said Schaefer of the course designed by Doug Russell, which spanned two rings.  “There were definitely lots of places to be handy.  I think the derbies here are really fun, and you get a different group of horses.  They make it special.  The natural jumps are beautiful.”

Although it was only Schaefer’s first competition with Per Se, she could not have been happier with the horse’s performance.

“He was brave and jumped around like he had been jumping those jumps his whole life,” said Schaefer, handling the ride for Kate Conover who is away in Europe.  “I could ride him right up to the naturals and he made a really beautiful jump out of it.  He understands the game.  You have horses with a lot of talent, but they struggle because they don’t know how to win.  They have to want to fight for you and be on your side.  This one always wants to please you.  You really appreciate a horse with that type of character.

“He is one of the easiest horses I’ve ever had to ride,” continued Schafer.  “We don’t lunge – he is literally stall to the ring.  He really wants to be good.  He goes in a plain snaffle without a martingale, which says a lot about a horse’s character.”

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Samantha Schaefer, mounted on Per Se, and her younger sister, Madeline Schaefer, celebrate victory in the $5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby during week one of the Vermont Summer Festival.
Photo by David Mullinix Photography

 

A successful junior competitor, Schaefer won the WIHS in 2009 and the USET in 2011.  She currently attends Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she is entering her junior year and rides on the NCAA team.In addition to her success during opening week with Per Se, Schaefer also showed Kaskade to the reserve championship title in the 3’ Pre-Green division.

“I like that the NCAA program gives you the opportunity to go to school on a scholarship, and it’s neat to bring the sport to that level,” said Schaefer, 20.

When not at school, Schaefer is based at her family’s Shadow Ridge Farm in Westminster, MD, training alongside her mother, Stacey Schaefer, and her 12-year-old sister, Madeline.  They are competing during the first three weeks of the Vermont Summer Festival.

“It’s exciting to be able to show together,” said Schaefer, who is also contesting the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper division with Sugar Ray.  “Now we shift and it’s Maddy’s turn for the weekend!  She’ll be competing in the small and medium pony hunter divisions.”

The featured event of the weekend is the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 6.  The gates open at 8 a.m. and admission prices on Saturday are $7 for adults, $5 for children.  100% of the gate receipts benefit the Manchester area non-profit organizations Mark Skinner Library, Friends Foundation for MEMS, Community Food Cupboard, and Community Sharing Project.

The Vermont Summer Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary in its current Manchester location, offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.

The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix.  The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 10.  The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, is held each Thursday.  The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby is also held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL).  For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit
www.vt-summerfestival.com.

$5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby

  Rider  Horse  Owner  Round 1 Round 2 Total
1. Samantha Schaefer Per Se   Iron Horse Farm 85 84 169
2. Ann Dotoli Eternity Ann Dotoli 82 80 162
3. Kathryn Haley Lochland Michael Dowling 76.5 78 154.5
4. Alexandra Vespico Capriccio Alexandra Vespico 77 76 153
5. Elizabeth Pandich Cayenne Elizabeth Pandich 75 77 152
6. David Wilbur Umberto III Thinks Like a Horse 81 70.5 151.5
7. Lisa Rex Overheard Erin Brennan 74 77 151
8. Kelly Wilson Silvester Matthew Degrande 79 71 150
9. Carly Corbacho Blue Highway Carly Corbacho 76 71.5 147.5
10. Margot Peroni James Little Pine Farm LLC 71 76 147
11. Paige Israel Carmona Hannah Murrin 68 77.5 145.5
12. Isabella Russekoff Asdi Missy Clark 73 70 143

 

Vermont Summer Festival Underway

July 05, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont — The 2013 Vermont Summer Festival has begun its six-week run at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.  Held July 2 through August 11, the Vermont Summer Festival offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.

 A young athlete contemplates the competition at the 2013 Vermont Summer Festival. Photo by David Mullinix Photography


A young athlete contemplates the competition at the 2013 Vermont Summer Festival.
Photo by David Mullinix Photography

Attracting some of the sport’s top equestrian athletes, the Vermont Summer Festival is known for its quality competition, outstanding location and friendly atmosphere.  Add to that an impressive line-up of sponsors and generous prize money, and it’s easy to see why competitors return to the Vermont Summer Festival year after year.  Twenty years in fact, as the Vermont Summer Festival marks its 20th anniversary in its current Manchester location.

United States Equestrian Team veterans Jimmy and Danielle Torano will be among the familiar faces in the grand prix ring, as will 2004 Olympic team gold medalist Peter Wylde.  Ken Berkley will be back to defend his title in the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix, while Scott Stewart and Keri Kampsen will be hot favorites in the weekly $5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derbies held each Thursday.  Devin Ryan, the winner of last year’s $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix, sponsored by Hand Motors, will also be returning to the Vermont Summer Festival, as will Georgina Bloomberg, Julie Welles, and Ian Silitch.  Mark Bluman of Colombia and Luis Larrazabal of Venezuela, both riding for G&C Farm, and 2008 Olympian Kirk Webby of New Zealand are among the international competitors at this year’s event.

New for 2013, the Vermont Summer Festival has introduced ‘Equitation Tuesdays’ to accommodate the large number of young athletes looking to qualify for various national equitation finals.  Each Tuesday of the six-week competition, qualifying classes will be held for the THIS Children’s Medal, the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal, the ASPCA Maclay, and the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search.  The same four classes are also offered a second time each week, giving competitors double the opportunity to qualify for these prestigious national events.

“The level of competition in the equitation divisions is so high here in Vermont that, rather than forcing our customers to seek out and travel to smaller shows in order to qualify, we are giving them double the number of opportunities to qualify for national finals right here in Vermont,” explained Billy Glass, Technical Coordinator for the Vermont Summer Festival.  “Historically, we have a lot of competitors here who have gone on to win the Maclay and other medal finals, and there are many others here that are getting their feet wet.”

Renowned equitation trainers Missy Clark and John Brennan of Vermont-based North Run Stables traditionally bring their equitation students to the Vermont Summer Festival, as do Bobby Braswell and Christina Schlusemeyer of Quiet Hill Farm in Ocala, FL, and Kathy Fletcher of Grazing Fields in Buzzards Bay, MA.

As always, the exhibitor parties hosted each Wednesday evening by John and Dotty Ammerman will showcase the amenities of the Manchester region.  Chantecleer restaurant, the ever-popular Bromley Mountain Resort, the newly renovated Barrows House, the historic Dorset Inn, and the luxurious Inns of Equinox will all be party sites this year.

The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival will feature a $30,000 Grand Prix.  The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 10.  The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, will be held each Thursday.  The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby will also be held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL).  For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit
www.vt-summerfestival.com.

 

Vermont Summer Festival to Host Young Jumper Championship Qualifiers

April 18, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

East Dorset, Vermont – The next generation of grand prix horses will take center stage during the first three weeks of the Vermont Summer Festival with qualifying classes for the Young Jumper Championship series. Running July 2 through August 11 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state with more than $750,000 in prize money.

 

“The Vermont Summer Festival has been hosting qualifiers for a number of years and we’re happy to have their support again this year,” said Cheryll Frank, Director of the Young Jumper Championships. “The whole purpose of the program is to give young horses quality experiences and whenever you have events with the caliber of the Vermont Summer Festival, it provides a tremendous opportunity for our members.”

 

Five-year-old, six-year-old and seven and eight-year-old jumper classes will be held during weeks one, two and three of the Vermont Summer Festival. These qualifiers will count towards earning a spot at the Young Jumper Championship Eastern League Finals at the Hampton Classic, August 25 to September 1, in Bridgehampton, NY.

 

“The Young Jumper Championships are an important tool for developing up-and-coming grand prix horses,” said John Ammerman, organizer of the Vermont Summer Festival.

 

“These classes provide an exciting opportunity to see some spectacular young horses at the start of their careers. Many of the horses competing in the program have returned to Vermont and enjoyed tremendous success here.”

 

Devin Ryan and Roman Saluut won the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix during the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. Photo by David Mullinix Photography

Devin Ryan and Roman Saluut won the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix during the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Photo by David Mullinix Photography

 

Devin Ryan of Long Valley, NJ, is just one of several regular competitors at the Vermont Summer Festival whose horses have benefitted from the Young Jumper Championship program. Two of his top mounts, No Worries and Roman Saluut, have become regulars in Vermont’s winner’s circle after competing in the young horse classes. Roman Saluut won the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix in 2011 and the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix in 2012, the same year No Worries claimed victory in the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix.

 

“The Young Jumper Championships really provide a pipeline for future grand prix horses,” explained Ryan, who operates River Run Stables. “Young horses need to be properly developed and this series provides that opportunity. The horses compete against their peers, not seasoned show horses, and the courses are designed to build confidence and encourage clear rounds. More needs to be done to support classes like these so that riders have the ability to bring along American-bred horses instead of importing from Europe.”

 

Created in 1998, the Young Jumper Championships is designed to provide an age-appropriate program for the development of young show jumping horses and to identify the most promising prospects competing in the United States. For more information about the Young Jumper Championships, please visit www.youngjumpers.com.

 

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. Known for its wide variety of area amenities including a large range of lodging options, restaurants to suit every taste, outdoor activities, and lots and lots of shopping, Manchester-area businesses warmly welcome horse show competitors to the area each summer.

 

The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival will feature a $30,000 Grand Prix. The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 10. The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, will be held each Thursday. The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby will also be held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.

 

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: info@vt-summerfestival.com or visit

www.vt-summerfestival.com.