Press Releases after the 2016 Circuit
The 2016 Vermont Summer Festival enjoyed a successful season and wrapped up by presenting 55 champions in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions.
Stephanie Lessard and Alexandra Cantin topped the Canadian Circuit Awards presented at the conclusion of the 2016 Vermont Summer Festival. The Awards are presented to the high-point hunter and jumper champions and reserve champions hailing from Canada.
Jimmy Torano topped the $10,000 Sir Ruly, Inc. Open Jumper Awards at the conclusion of the 2016 Vermont Summer Festival. Torano earned 162 points and collect a $5,000 bonus, presented in honor of his late uncle Raul "Ruly" Torano.
Week 6 - Vermont Summer Celebration
Alexandra Pielet of Highland Park, IL, and Helene VE topped the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Dr. Robert Barber & Team Barber. Pielet and Helene VE were the fastest double-clear effort in 41.96 seconds to win for owner Co-Pielet, LLC.
Catherine Tyree riding Don’t Go claimed the $50,000 Summer Celebration Grand Prix on Saturday. From a starting field of 25, the pair were one of 12 combinations to jump clear over the first-round track designed by Gerry Briggs of Smyrna, TN.
Sarah Barge and Danturano won the $15,000 3'3” Hunter Derby, presented by Land Rover Experience. The pair scored 86.5 points in the opening round, and impressed the judges to earn the top score of 88 points in the handy round, giving them an overall total of 174.5 points for the win.
Alexandra Pielet, 14, of Highland Park, IL, and Helene VE won the $10,000 Theory Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets. Pielet was the youngest one in the class and it was one of the biggest courses she has ever jumped.
Children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont will attend the Vermont Summer Festival on Saturday, August 13, to experience show jumping and meet grand prix riders and their horses. The Wish Kids will attend the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix.
Patricia Hurter of Harvard, MA, was crowned champion of the $1,400 TAKE 2 Thoroughbred Jumper Division during week five of the Vermont Summer Festival. Kristina Watkins of Harvard, MA, accepted the tri-color in the $500 TAKE 2 Thoroughbred Hunter Division.
Week 5 - Manchester & the Mountains
Alissa Kinsey of Danville, NH, won the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Jumper Classic to kick off the final day of week five. Kinsey and her own Capella 37 were the winning pair and notched their fourth adult jumper classic win of the season.
Mark Jungherr and his winning mount Conte Couleur were victorious in the $30,000 Manchester & The Mountains Grand Prix. They were the only pair to jump clear over the fences, but picked up a single fault on the clock to win with a time of 84.56 seconds.
Jimmy Torano showcased Levland’s derby talents and earned a score of 89 points in the first round before impressing the judges in the handy round to score a 92, five points more than his closest rival. With a final score of 181, Torano and Levland claimed the win in this week’s Hunter Derby.
Catherine Tyree, 21, of Chicago, IL, and her own Don’t Go won the $10,000 Overland Welcome Stake. The pair posted the fastest double clear rounds on the tracks designed by Manuel Esparza of Mexico City, winning in a time of 36.04 seconds.
Tuesdays offer a opportunity for riders to qualify for year-end equitation finals. The Equitation Tuesday schedule features classes ranging from the THIS Children’s Medal, NEHC Junior Hunt Seat Medal, and USEF National Hunter Seat Medal to ASPCA Horsemanship and USEF Talent Search qualifiers.
Week 4 - Valley Classic Horse Show
Seventeen-year-old Brianne Link of Sayville, NY, won the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Dr. Robert Barber & Team Barber. She was the only rider to jump double-clear over tracks designed by Canada’s Michel Vaillancourt.
Colin Syquia of Forest Hills, NY, and Adventure E, owned by Eurasia, Inc., won the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix, presented by Purina Horse Feed. Syquia and Adventure E have been knocking on the door of a grand prix win all season and finally led the victory gallop.
Jennifer Bauersachs of Frenchtown, NJ, rode to her second consecutive $5,000 3'3” NEHJA Hunter Derby. Bauersachs and Overjoyed, owned by Courtney Carey, advanced to the handy round among the top twelve and turned in an impressive performance to take the win.
Nineteen-year-old Cormac Hanley (IRL) and his own Captain Caruso cruised to their first win together in the $10,000 NYDJ Welcome Stake. Hanley and Captain Caruso were the only double-clear pair over tracks set by course designer, Michel Vaillancourt of Canada.
Competition during week three was highlighted by World Championship Hunter Rider qualifying opportunities for hunter competitors hoping to make an appearance at the WCHR Finals, held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Week 3 - Manchester Classic Horse Show
Fourteen-year-old Alexandra Pielet of Highland Park, IL, topped the $10,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Dr. Robert Barber & Team Barber in only her second show at this fence height.
Danielle Torano won the $30,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix, presented by The Equinox, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa aboard Callas III, after settling for second behind her husband Jimmy in Thursday’s $10,000 Welcome Stake.
Jennifer Bauersachs of Frenchtown, NJ, and Cleaveland topped a field of 50 horses to win the $5,000 3'3” NEHJA Hunter Derby on July 21 during World Championship Hunter Rider week. Bauersachs earned scores of 87.5 and 88 over innovative courses designed by Doug Russell.
Jimmy Torano and his own El Capone claimed the $10,000 Vineyard Vines Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets. In a husband-wife duel, Jimmy bumped his own wife, Danielle, from the top spot to take the win in the final trip of the class.
Elizabeth Kriby of Wellington, FL, and her own Reservation were the ones to beat in the 3'3” Amateur-Owner Hunter Divisions at the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Shows and the Vermont Summer Festival to bring home the Adirondack-Green Mountain Challenge Trophy.
Week 2 - Manchester Summer Festival
Eighteen-year-old Merrill Harvey of Huntington, NY, and Favoriet concluded the second week of the Vermont Summer Festival with a win in the $5,000 NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. She ended on top of a 30 horse field.
Jimmy Torano of Wellington, FL, and Day Dream topped a six-horse jump-off to win the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix on Saturday. Twenty-three horses made up the original order and jumped courses set by Paul Jewell of Lambertville, NJ.
Sarah Barge of Bloomfield, NY, riding Danturano, owned by Sydney Degrazia won the $5,000 3'3” NEHJA Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay, on Thursday, July 14. They were first to enter the derby ring in a 24-horse order and earned a score of 86.
Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ, topped the $10,000 New Balance Welcome Stake, aboard VDL Coverboy on Thursday, July 14 during the second week of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival. She bested four double-clear efforts to claim the top spot over a field of 23.
For Samantha Schaefer of Westminster, MD, and Katie Tyler of Old Lyme, CT, the weeks they will spend at the Vermont Summer Festival this year are some of their first as college graduates making their way in an industry they love.
Week 1 - Vermont Summer Special
Bryn Sadler of Sante Fe, NM, and Cezarro capped the first week of the 2016 series with a win in the $10,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner High Classic, presented by Team Barber. She crossed the timers just over three seconds faster than Stephanie Gallucci of Toronto, ON, on Zarate 2.
Following up Thursday’s $10,000 Welcome Stake win, Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ, and VDL Coverboy captured the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, presented by Johnson Horse Transportation, on Saturday, July 9.
Sarah Tyndall of Acton, MA, rode Huckleberry Finn to top honors in the $5,000 3'3” NEHJA Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay. Tyndall’s combined scores of 83 and 87 saw her finish with a 170 to top a starting field of 37 entries.
Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ, won the $10,000 Bass Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, aboard VDL Coverboy on Thursday, July 7 during the first week of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Six weeks of competition kicked off this week at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. The circuit is known for exciting competition, world-renowned course designers, family-friendly exhibitor activities, and more than $750,000 in prize money.
Press Releases prior to the 2016 Circuit
The weekly Vermont Summer Festival exhibitor parties offer local fare and fun for the whole family at venues throughout southern Vermont. They provide the perfect way to commence each competition week.
Hunter and jumper Thoroughbred divisions will return to the six weeks of the Vermont Summer Festival for the fourth consecutive year thanks to a generous sponsorship from the TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program.
Local and industry sponsors, including Eastern Hay, Equinox Resort, Land Rover Experience Driving School, Purina Horse Feed, and Johnson Horse Transportation will continue their support of the 2016 Vermont Summer Festival.
Stabling is now sold out for weeks 3 and 4 of the 2016 Vermont Summer Festival, running July 5 through August 14 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, with weeks 2 and 5 filling quickly.
All horses competing at the 2016 Vermont Summer Festival are required to comply with the State of Vermont and Federal Government equine health certification protocols. Read all details carefully.
The Manchester Designer Outlets will continue their longstanding support of the Vermont Summer Festival by presenting the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake Series held each Thursday throughout the six-week circuit.
Loyal Canadian riders will once again be vying for the $10,000 Canadian Circuit Awards. The awards will be presented to high-point hunter and jumper Champions and Reserve Champions who hail from Canada at the conclusion of the circuit.
A photograph by Lisa Cueman will be the official artwork of the 2016 Vermont Summer Festival. The Vermont Summer Festival hosts six weeks of top jumper, equitation, and hunter competition in July and August at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Making it even easier to compete at the Vermont Summer Festival, entries can now be completed directly at www.HorseShowsOnline.com. Best of all, the service is free for exhibitors!
The Vermont Summer Festival will return to southern Vermont in 2016 with exciting offerings in every ring for hunter, jumper, and equitation riders alike. The Vermont Summer Festival runs for six consecutive weeks from July 5 through August 14, 2016.
The Vermont Summer Festival will again offer exhibitors the opportunity to experience the best of local hospitality with the support of Manchester-area lodging partners. Area lodging partners welcome both short and long-term visitors with special offers.
Manuel Esparza (MEX) joins the list of world class course designers who have been invited to build tracks Vermont Summer Festival joining Alan Wade (IRE), Paul Jewell (USA), Ken Krome (USA), Michel Vaillancourt (CAN), and Gerry Briggs (USA).
Andrew Ryback Photography was recently named the Official Event Photographer for the 2016 Vermont Summer Festival. Based in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Andrew Ryback Photography specializes in equestrian event photography.
The prize list for the 2016 Vermont Summer Festival, held July 5 through August 14 in East Dorset, VT, is now available with on-line entry capabilities through EquestrianConnect.com.