Articles: Press Release
Ian Silitch Wins $30,000 Sugarbush Grand Prix
During Fourth Week of the Vermont Summer Festival
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810, Classicomm@aol.com
Waitsfield, VT-August 7, 2000-Ian Silitch of Sperryville, VA won the $30,000
Sugarbush Grand Prix, July 2-6 to highlight the Vermont Summer Festival's
second week in Waitsfield, VT, following two highly successful weeks in
Manchester. He rode his horse, Cable Bay, to claim the $9,000 first-place
Silitch was one of only four riders who advanced to the jump-off from a
starting field of 20 riders. After finishing second to Mary Lisa Nicholson
of Brookeville, MD in last week's grand prix, it was Silitch's turn to claim
the win. His clean jump-off time of 38.813 seconds topped Nicholson's time
of 39.688 aboard Graf Rossini. Betsy Joyce of Saratoga Springs, NY and Emily
Williams of Loveland, OH rode Lady Courzon and Showgirl to a third and fourth
place finish, respectively.
Earlier in the week, Silitch dominated the Schooling Jumper division, winning
the championship and reserve championship aboard Morroco and Deep Currents,
respectively. He also tied for the Preliminary Jumper (High) championship
and won reserve honors in the Low Hunter division aboard Jola.
In the Explorer Biolan/NHSF Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner
Jumper Classic, it was Lindsay Dawn Curtis of Needham, MA in the winner's
circle for the second consecutive week with her Costello. Brian Walker of
Quebec and his Leroy finished second, followed by Rory Hovel Sperryville, VA
and In Flight in third.
In other Championship action, James Lala dominated competition, winning the
championship and reserve championship in both the Pre-Green and Low Hunter
divisions. He also tied for the Warm-Up Jumper championship aboard Johann
and won the Baby Green Hunter division with Shameless.
Jennifer Jones continued her winning ways with her victory in the Small
Junior Hunter (16/17) division riding Surprise. She also took home top honors
in the Large Junior Hunter (16/17) division, winning the championship with
Star and reserve championship with Caped Crusader.
The Vermont Summer Festival is North New England's largest "A3" rated
hunter-jumper horse show circuit and is held in two of the Northeast's top
resort areas: Manchester and Waitsfield, VT.
For further information on the results of the Vermont Summer Festival Series
please see the weekly results posted on the website www.vt-summerfestival.com.