Articles: Press Release
New England Equestrian Festival Scheduled for July 13, 2002
Media Contact: Hallie McEvoy (802)434-3839
December 21, 2001 - Jericho, VT - ACORD (American Competition Opportunities
for Riders with Disabilities) announced they will manage the inaugural New
England Equestrian Festival on July 13, 2002. The horse show will be held at
Freedom Farm in Jericho, VT, a full-service equestrian facility just outside
of Burlington, VT. Classes will be offered to able-bodied riders AND riders
with any disability.
The concept for the New England Equestrian Festival (NEEF) is to bring
together able-bodied and disabled riders for individual and team
competitions, and to foster an environment of camaraderie and education.
This focus has never before been tried on such a large scale.
"We are hoping that this idea takes off in Vermont and can then be brought
successfully to other regions of the country," said Judy Serie Nagy, ACORD
Executive Director. "There has been a lot of positive feedback in New
England to this show concept."
"Freedom Farm is pleased to be the host stable for the first-ever New England
Equestrian Festival," stated Freedom Farm owner Sandy Nunn. "We are looking
forward to hosting riders of any ability from throughout the U.S."
Riders will be able to compete in Equitation, Pleasure, Trail, Obstacle,
Costume, and other classes. In addition, the New England Equestrian Festival
is including many more classes for able-bodied riders, and classes that are
open to all riders.
The show will also feature breed classes for Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds,
Arabians, Draft-Crosses, Warmbloods, Gaited Horses, Color Breeds, Miniature
Horses, Mules, Donkeys, and, of course, the Vermont State Horse, the Morgan.
As three special features, the show will host the $400 NEEF Open Pleasure
Stake, the $100 Walk, Trot/Jog Pleasure Stake, and the Bill Bennett Memorial
Pleasure Class. Additionally, points from the show can count towards
year-end awards for both the Vermont English Horse Association (VEHA) and the
Vermont Stockhorse Association (VSA). Championship prizes in each division
will be awarded.
ACORD was the equestrian organizer at the 1996 Atlanta (Georgia) Paralympic
Games, and has run the Bradshaw Challenge of Champions at the U.S. Equestrian
Team's Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey. For the past three
years, ACORD has managed the Team Challenge at the North American Young
Riders' Championships (in 1999 and 2001 in Wadsworth, Illinois, and in 2000
in Parker, Colorado). Additionally, ACORD has organized many shows
exclusively for riders with any disability throughout the country.
Riders with disabilities who need to borrow horses will have Thursday and
Friday (July 11 and 12) to school. An Organizational Meeting with supper
will be held on Friday evening, and the show will run on Saturday, July 13.
Saturday evening will feature an awards dinner and dance right on the show
Marj Kittredge of Boxford, MA has been named Horse Master for the event,
while Sandy Dota of Bangor, PA will serve as Technical Delegate. Horse show
photographers will be Catherine and Tom Knight of Centerport, NY. Clifton
Sudberry of Victorville, CA will judge the main ring. Hallie McEvoy of
Bolton Valley, VT is the local manager, and will be recruiting horses for
riders who need to borrow a mount.
The show site is an easy drive from several states, and the Burlington
International Airport is convenient and accessible. Hotels are available in
several price ranges.
For more information about the New England Equestrian Festival, please
Judy Serie Nagy at (408)261-8292 (e-mail: email@example.com) or Hallie McEvoy
at (802)434-3839 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ).