Articles: Press Release
Vanessa Stevenson Wins the $10,000 Mini Prix Jumper Class
At Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show
Jamie Saults, 802-362-7548, email@example.com
East Dorset, VT—July 12, 2002—Vanessa Stevenson joined the list of winners
at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show by besting a field of 24 in the
$10,000 Mini Prix Jumper class on Friday, July 12, 2002, at Harold Beebe
Farm, in East Dorset, VT, riding Galiana, owned by Robert Ross.
The 19-year-old resident of Southampton, NY was the first of nine to go
clean and the fastest in the jump-off with a time of 32.845 seconds.
Ezequiel Peralta of Oriedo, FL came in second with the only other double
clear in a time of 34.129 aboard Charming Z, owned by Wendy Ritter &
Seabreeze Farm. Third place went to Canada’s Mario Deslauriers riding
The Mini Prix class is similar to Grand Prix, but the jumps are slightly
lower. The highest fence was set at about five feet, but the course looked
a lot bigger to Stevenson as she entered the ring. “I was a little nervous,”
said the young rider. “The fences looked really big, but Galiana was
Stevenson has only been riding the Grand Prix circuit for two years and has
already begun to make a name for herself at the Manchester Summer Festival
this week. In addition to winning Friday’s class, she has placed in several
other open jumper events. On Sunday, the same pair will be competing in the
$35,000 Grand Prix, sponsored by the Stratton Mountain Inn, but Stevenson is
taking it all in stride. “Riding her is so much fun, I know she’ll take care
In other horse show action, Lara Gay, of Ridgefield, CT won the ASPCA
Horsemanship Medal class riding Capital Hill. In the Hunter ring, Barbara
Orans of Mamaroneck, NY won the $500 North American League Adult Amateur
Classic aboard Sunday Evening. The North American League (NAL) runs
year-long series in six equestrian divisions—Children’s Hunter, Adult
Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper, and Open Jumper—with
year-end championship finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in
Harrisburg, PA, in October.
Thirty riders are accepted in the Children’s and Adult Hunters and Jumpers
finals, each of which awards $10,000 prize money. The Open Speed finals
also accept 30 entries and awards $25,000 prize money. The pony division
final accepts 25 riders and awards $5,000 prize money.
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