Articles: Press Release
Phillips Wins $35,000 Manchester Classic Grand Prix Presented by Hand
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Courtney Boova, (802) 362-9023
East Dorset, VT-July 20, 2003- Jonathan Phillips of Potomac, MD rode
Prins, owned by Jonathan and Jeffrey Phillips, to win the $35,000
Manchester Classic Grand Prix Presented by Hand Motors at the Manchester
Classic Horse Show, July 16-20, the second week of the five-week-long
Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August 10, at the Harold Beebe Farm in
East Dorset, VT.
After turning in what were described by his trainer, Jimmy Torano, as
"two picture perfect rounds," Phillips topped the five horse-and-rider
combinations who qualified for the jump-off. He earned his first Grand
Prix win with a fault free jump-off round in a time of 45.289 seconds.
"It felt amazing," Phillips said of his performance in the day's
Jimmy Torano of Fort Lauderdale, FL earned second place behind his
student. Torano was the only other rider in the jump-off to post a
clear round. However, Torano, aboard Gibson, owned by Sir Ruly Inc, had
a slightly slower time of 48.206 seconds. "It was nice beating the
trainer," Phillips said with a laugh.
"I was happy with my horse. I got lucky in the jump-off. I really hit
that vertical hard." Torano said of his own round. "And if I'm going
to be second, it mine as well be someone from my barn."
Earlier in the day, Jimmy's wife Danielle Torano of Fort Lauderdale, FL
earned the top two places in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame
Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic Presented by Nutraceutical International
Inc. The only rider to turn in clear rides in the jump-off, Torano took
home the blue ribbon with Cavalier, owned by Sir Ruly, Inc.
After Jimmy gave up the ride on Cavalier over the winter, Danielle took
over the reins of the seven-year-old gelding. "If you were to pick a
horse for me, he's the last one you would pick," Danielle said of the
large grey gelding who towers over her small frame. "But he's very
sensitive and very easy to ride."
Danielle posted her other clear round aboard the 12-year-old Dutch
Warmblood mare, Lalique, owned by Sir Ruly Inc, to take second place.
"I'm just getting to know her," she said of the mare, who she purchased
from Marc Leone over the winter. "She felt really good. We just
changed the bit, and she was great."
Summer Gay of Ridgefield, CT aboard Tyler, owned by the RCG Farm, was
the fastest four fault finisher with a time of 33.327 seconds.
Mexican rider Jorge Berganza aboard his Samsara Tabira bested the field
of 12 horse-and-rider combinations to win the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall
of Fame Junior Jumper Classic Presented by Nutraceutical International
Inc. Berganza was the only rider to produce a clear round in the first
phase of competition eliminating the need for a jump-off. The second
place award went to the fastest four fault finisher, Gaby Slome of
Riverdale, NY aboard Espina Du Manior, owned by Missy Clark and Double
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.