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Jimmy Torano and Ralvesther Win Open Jumper on Opening Day of 2006
Vermont Summer Festival.....Mary Hilton reports from Vermont for
PHOTO CREDIT: - Jimmy Torano and Ralvesther won the Open Jumper class on
opening day at the 2006 Vermont Summer Festival. Photo Credit - (c)2006
by David Mullinix.
Mary Hilton for Phelps Media Group, Inc.
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East Dorset, Vermont - July 13, 2006 - The 2006 Vermont Summer Festival
opened today to relentless rain but plucky exhibitors participated in
five rings of competition on the first day of Week 1, the Manchester
Summer Festival, at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, Vermont.
Despite the heavy downpour, Jimmy Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,
claimed back-to-back wins in the Grand Prix ring this afternoon. He won
the Open Jumper Level 6 II.2.aboard Sir Neel and came back in the next
class to claim victory with Ralvesther in today's featured event, the
$2,500 Open Jumper II.2.b., a New England Horseman's Council (NEHC)
Rated AA class. Anthony D'Ambrosio of Red Hook, New York, designed the
Grand Prix ring courses.
The heavy rain had evolved to a downright deluge by the time Torano and
Ralvesther jumped their winning round. "It was raining pretty hard,"
Torano acknowledged. "I actually scratched my other two horses because
of the weather, but this mare has been really solid and I wanted to get
her in the ring once before the Mini Prix and the Grand Prix on Sunday.
She jumped really well." The eight-year-old bay Dutch mare owned by the
Carr Family is a relatively new ride for Torano. "She jumped her first
Grand Prix in April at Littlewood and she won that," Torano said,
recalling the $40,000 Zada Enterprises Grand Prix at the Littlewood
Spring Finale in Wellington, Florida. "I think she's a really good
Course Designer D'Ambrosio set a 10-jump course that included a double
at Fences 7 and 10, with a seven-obstacle jump-off round for the Level 6
class, and let that stand for the Open Jumper class as well. Horse and
rider combinations jumped round one, and those that were clean
immediately jumped the short course. Between the two classes, Torano,
actually jumped the same course four times today.
In the Level 6 class, Torano finished first, second, and third, topping
a field of 23 horses. Ten horses cleared the first round, and seven of
those then managed to go clean in the jump-off, but it was Torano and
three horses he owns with his wife, Danielle Torano, that claimed the
top three slots. Torano aboard Sir Neel won with a jump-off time of
36.743 seconds. Torano placed second aboard Oselli, clocing in clean at
37.264. Torano claimed the third place slot with Edesa's Caruso with a
clear round in 37.568 seconds.
In the Open Jumper class that wrapped up the Grand Prix action as the
day's finale class, six horses contested the course and only two horses
managed to clear round one. Robert Kraut riding Providence was first to
go, jumped a clean round one, and set the jump-off time to beat at
37.334 seconds. But Kraut's lead was short-lived, and he had to settle
for second place when Torano, who was fourth in the order with
Ralvesther aced the course in 36.842 seconds. "Luckily with the weather
they just kept the same course that we had jumped earlier in the
previous class so I knew my way around," Torano explained. "From one to
two you could leave out a stride, which I did, and then there were a
couple inside turns. I really trust that mare so I took the inside
turns and she was fast."
With 153 rounds ridden in five different classes in the Grand Prix ring
today, for the first time in the 13-year history of the Vermont Summer
Festival, competition in the main ring continued long after the hunter
rings finished, noted Dorothy Ammerman, Executive Director of the show.
New competitors in Vermont this year include riders from California,
Texas, and Canada. Management has added 240 more stalls to accommodate
the increased entries for the show's 2006 season.
Two Hunter Champions Named on Opening Day of Vermont Summer Festival
In a new class at the Vermont Summer Festival, Mary LeBlanc of Cotuit,
Massachusetts, riding Serendipity won the New England Novice Adult
Hunter Championship. LeBlanc placed first and fourth in the two over
fences classes and won the under saddle class. LeBlanc trains with
Patricia Harnois. LeBlanc was thrilled to receive a $300 gift
certificate from Der Dau as part of her championship reward. The Reserve
Champion was Kristin McCuin aboard Gettysburg.
Alice Howland of Lincoln, Massachusetts, riding Tolerant won the New
England Restricted Children's Hunter Championship. Howland placed second
and first in the two over fences classes and then earned second place in
the under saddle class to claim the championship. Howland trains with
Joyce Mersereau. The Reserve Champion was Lisa Chantler riding Nemo.
Featuring more than $6 million in prize money, the Vermont Summer
Festival includes a $10,000 Mini Prix each Friday, and, for the first
four weeks of competition, a $30,000 Sunday Grand Prix. The 2006
Vermont Summer Festival closes with the grand finale, the $50,000
Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix on Sunday, August 13. The Vermont
Summer Festival is also a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of
Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League
(NAL). Enhancements to the show grounds this year include beautiful new
landscaping at every ring and wireless Internet access throughout the
40-acre show grounds.
For more information on the 2006 Vermont Summer Festival, or to download
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