Articles: Press Release
16th Attitash Bear Peak Equine Festival Kicks Off -
McLain Ward Wins $2,000 Mercedes Benz Modified Jumper Class
Hallie McEvoy (603)374-5311
Bartlett, NH - August 16, 2000 - Equestrian action galloped back into the
Mount Washington Valley today with the start of the 16th Annual Attitash Bear
Peak Equine Festival. Located at the scenic Fields of Attitash in Bartlett,
NH, the top riders and horses from throughout the U.S. will compete daily
Today, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY captured the $2,000 Mercedes Benz Modified
Jumper Class in a speedy jump-off time of 29.140 seconds on Naomi. Ward is
the defending champion in Sunday's $50,000 Mercedes Benz Grand Prix of New
"Naomi was really good today," Ward commented about the 15 year-old German
mare. "She did everything I hoped she would do. Naomi is always really fast
and that certainly paid off in this class."
Ward is pleased to be back competing at the Attitash Bear Peak Equine
Festival. "I really enjoy coming here, and look forward to it. This is
definitely one of the best shows of the year."
Finishing second in the class was 1999 Pan American Games individual Silver
Medalist Peter Wylde of Dover Plains, NY on Macanudo Very Well St. George,
while U.S. Equestrian Team veteran Chris Kappler of Pittstown, NJ placed
third with Korina.
Wylde is also very happy to be competing in New Hampshire. "It is great to
back at Attitash. I love it here - it's a beautiful setting, the footing is
really good, and the schedule is wonderful."
Jeffrey Welles of New Canaan, CT won the $1,000 WMWV-FM Low Preliminary
S & L Velvet Ropes, and also won the $1,500 WMUR-TV High Preliminary Jumper
on Peter Pan.
In addition to the thrilling spectacle of equestrian competition, spectators
at the Attitash Bear Peak Equine Festival will find a variety of attractions
at the Fields of Attitash. Shopping fans will enjoy the Country Fair Expo
adjacent to the Grand Prix Ring featuring local retailers displaying artwork,
jewelry, crafts, clothing and a variety of equestrian items for sale. A fine
selection of local foods will be available to sample ringside at the "Taste
of the Valley" Food Festival featuring area restaurateurs. Equine
demonstrations, hay rides, and a children's play area round out the
activities during the event.
Later in the week, spectators can mingle with riders in the VIP tent at the
first annual Riders Reception following the conclusion of Saturday's
competition. Enjoy wine and cheese, beautiful music, and most importantly,
the announcement of the competition order for the $50,000 Mercedes Benz Grand
Prix of New Hampshire which runs on Sunday at 2:00.
For tickets and group sales information, please call (800)237-8924. Please
call (603)374-2368 for further information about the Attitash Bear Peak
Equine Festival or go to www.attitash.com on the Internet.