Articles: Press Release
Vermont Summer Festival Crowns Hunter Champions
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
East Dorset, VT-July 10, 2003-The Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August
10, has crowned the first champions during the Manchester Summer
Festival, July 9-13, which is the first of five weeks of horse show
competition at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
After their first phases of competition on July 9, the First Year Green
Working Hunter horse-and-rider combinations competed over fences on July
10 to conclude their division. In the end, it was Cast A Spell, owned
by La Bagatell LLC and ridden by Holly Orlando, who bested the field of
17 horse-and-rider combinations to earn Championship honors. The
Reserve Champion award went to Good Point, owned by Karen Long-Dwight
and shown by Ken Berkley.
After earning two first place awards and a second place on July 9,
Louise Serio on Gray Slipper, owned by Bridget Hallman, continued their
winning ways and took Championship honors in the Second Year Green
Working Hunter Division on July 10. Kate Conover piloted Grace, owned
by Sarah Alvarez, to Reserve Championship honors.
Later in the day, Louise Serio was again in the winner's circle with
another of her mounts. She rode Hat Trick, owned by Sarah Ingle, to
Championship honors in the Green Conformation Hunter. Earning Reserve
Champion honors was Shablis, owned by Nicole Chaney and ridden by Rachel
In the afternoon, Nordic Legacy, owned by Amy Tucci, was awarded the
Championship ribbon in the Regular Working Hunter Division. Jennifer
Hannan rode Nordic Legacy to victory over the course of two days.
Taking Reserve Champion honors was Kensington, owned by Danielle Glass,
and ridden by Katie Milton.
Unique, owned by RCG Farms and ridden by Juliana Starbuck, was presented
with the last Champion ribbon of the day. Starbuck and Unique
capitalized on their two blue ribbons on July 9 to earn the Regular
Conformation Hunter Championship. Cathy Grady & Holly Hill Farm's
Ramsey took Reserve Championship honors with Caitlin Venezia aboard.
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.