Articles: Press Release
Ward Wins $35,000 Manchester Summer Festival Grand Prix
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
East Dorset, VT-July 13, 2003-McLain Ward of Brewster, NY won the
$35,000 Manchester Summer Festival Grand Prix aboard La Belle, owned by
Sarah Willeman & Turnabout Farm. For his victory, Ward was presented
with the Battenkill Cup. The $35,000 Manchester Summer Festival Grand
Prix marks the first of five Grand Prix that will take place as part of
the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, at the Harold Beebe Farm
in East Dorset, VT.
Ward was one of only five horse-and-rider combinations to ride clear
over course designer Anthony D'Ambrosio's first round course to qualify
to ride in the jump-off. Going third in the final order, Ward posted
a time of 36.563 seconds, which proved unbeatable. "She's a hot mare,
super fast and very careful. The mare is beautifully prepared," Ward
said of the eight-year-old mare, who is trained by Missy Clark. "I just
show up and ride the horse. I just need to steer. Missy's horses are
always ready to win."
Winner of the $35,000 Manchester and the Mountains Grand Prix at the
2002 Vermont Summer Festival, Jimmy Torano of Fort Lauderdale, FL earned
second place aboard Caruso, owned by James B. Pirtle & Caruso Group.
Torano crossed through the timers in a time of 41.746 seconds. Meredith
Taylor of Wellington, FL finished third with Equifit Pizarro, owned by
Earlier in the day, Amanda Starbuck rode Lickity Split, owned by the
Stepping Stone Farm of Ridgefield, CT to the win in the Amateur-Owner
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Presented by Nutraceutical
International Inc, a highlighted event of the morning in the Grand Prix
Ring. Starbuck was one of five horse-and-rider combinations to produce
a clear ride in the first round to qualify for the jump-off. Despite a
broken stirrup heading to the final fence, she turned in the fastest
time, 36.151 seconds, to earn the blue ribbon. Jonathan Phillips
aboard Prins finished in second place with a time of 38.201 seconds.
Manchester Summer Festival's High Junior Jumper Champion,
Carolyn Kelly of New York, New York aboard her Kalimea took top honors
in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic Presented by
Nutraceutical International Inc. In only her third week competing in the
High Junior Jumper Division, fifteen-year-old Kelly was the only rider
to produce a clear round over the first round course eliminating the
need for a jump-off.
Summer Gay aboard Contino, owned by the RCG Farm of
Ridgefield, CT took top honors in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper
Classic. Carolyn Kelly finished in second place aboard Chagall 115.
In the morning, Anders Jones of Weston, MA rode Lanbourgini to win the
Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Classic. Jones was one of eight
horse-and-rider combinations to ride clear in the first round to qualify
to ride over the shortened jump-off course. The pair stopped the clock
in a time of 33.274 seconds. Heather Dobbs of Sussex, NJ aboard Pablo,
owned by Katelyn Denby, earned second place with a slightly slower time
of 34.059 seconds.
Stephanie Verville rode Magic to win the Marshall & Sterling
Adult Amateur Jumper Classic. Verville bested the field of ten
horse-and-rider combinations, who qualified to ride in the jump-off
phase, by posting a clear round and a time of 29.108 seconds. Verville
also earned the Adult Amateur Jumper Division Championship at the
Manchester Summer Festival.
The Vermont Summer Festival is New England's largest "AA" rated
hunter/jumper horse show. This year's event includes five
USET-recognized $35,000 Grand Prix to be held on the last day of each
show and five $10,000 Mini Prix to be held on the Friday of each show.
Each of the five weeks also features a $10,000 Show Jumping Hall Of Fame
High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class, part of the Show Jumping Hall of
Fame Jumper Classic Series which determines which junior and
amateur/owner riders will qualify to ride at the 2003 National Horse
For further information on the 2003 Vermont Summer Festival, please call
(802) 362-9023. For full results, visit the Vermont Summer Festival
website at www.vt-summerfestival.com.