Articles: Press Release
Kenneth Berkley Wins the $35,000 Battenkill Grand Prix, Sponsored by the
Stratton Mountain Inn,
At Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show
Jamie Saults, 802-362-7548, firstname.lastname@example.org
East Dorset, VT—July 14, 2002—Last turned out to be best for Kenneth Berkley
of Flemington, NJ, who won the $35,000 Battenkill Grand Prix, sponsored by
the Stratton Mountain Inn, on Sunday, during the Vermont Summer Festival
Horse Show at Harold Beebe Farm, in East Dorset, VT.
Berkley and Laredo, owned by October Farm and Rivers Edge, turned in the
only faultless performance in the United States Equestrian Team (USET) -
Only two went clean in the filed of 21 horses, Berkley and Meredith Taylor,
25, of Pembroke, MA, riding Equifit Pizarro, owned by ABC Limited, who was
19th in the order.
Berkley liked the fact that he was the last to go.
“I had an excellent spot,” said Berkley. “At that point, I knew I just had
to go clean to make the jump-off. My horse is very experienced, this course
was not a big stretch for him.”
Taylor actually rode with Berkley at one time, so it was student against
teacher in the jump-off.
“I rode with Ken for eight years,” said Taylor. “It was a very interesting
position to be in. I was a little nervous because I knew that he was very
Taylor was right. She and Equifit Pizarro incurred four faults in the
jump-off leaving the door wide open for Berkley and Laredo.
“I watched Meredith go,” said Berkley. “When I saw that she had the raid
down, I just planned on a conservative ride to go clean.”
This marks the first major Grand prix victory for the 39-year-old and the
first-ever win at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show.
The Vermont Summer Festival, which is New England’s largest “AA” rated
hunter-jumper horse show circuit, continues with the Manchester Classic,
July 17-21, The Valley Classic, July 24-28, and the Manchester and the
Mountains Horse Show, July 31-August 4. The action culminates with the
Vermont Summer Celebration, August 7-11.
For further information please visit the Vermont Summer Festival website at