East Dorset, VT — For the sixth consecutive year, The Equinox Resort & Spa has partnered with the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show as a Grand Prix presenting sponsor.
The six-week Vermont Summer Festival will be held from July 11 to August 18, 2007, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, just outside of the Village of Manchester. The Manchester-based Equinox Resort & Spa, one of the premiere properties in the RockResorts portfolio, will be the presenting sponsor of the $30,000 Mt. Equinox Grand Prix to be held Sunday, August 5, during the fourth week of competition, the ‘Valley Classic Horse Show’. As part of the sponsorship, the Equinox Resort will once again be the site of one of the popular weekly Exhibitor Parties, hosted by the Vermont Summer Festival.
“A significant portion of our client base calls the Equinox Resort & Spa home during our six week event – a clear indication of the importance of this partnership,” stated Dotty Ammerman, Executive Director of the Vermont Summer Festival. “Their annual journey to Manchester is as much about the competition at the horse show as it is about feeling comfortable at the Equinox and enjoying the amenities at this beautiful resort.”
The Equinox Resort & Spa was established in 1769 and is situated on 1,300 acres between the Green and Taconic Mountains. The property features 183 rooms and suites, as well as three restaurants and a wide variety of comforts, all within its picturesque New England village setting. For the past 14 years, it has been a recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award.
“The Equinox is thrilled that the Vermont Summer Festival has added an additional week to its schedule for this coming summer,” noted Courtney Lowe, Sales and Marketing Director of the Equinox Resort. “We look forward to providing the horse show clientele with first-class, personal service and are prepared to customize their stay with a wide range of activities that include such unique programs as our Off-Road Driving School, fly fishing, and courses in falconry.”
The Vermont Summer Festival is New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show circuit. This year’s competition features a weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, five USEF-recognized $30,000 Grand Prix events and a USEF-recognized $50,000 Grand Prix on August 18, the final day of competition.
Each of the six weeks also feature 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 qualify to compete at the 2007 National Horse Show. There will also be Marshall & Sterling and North American League (NAL) Child/Adult Classics and NAL Open Speed classes. For more information on the 2007 Vermont Summer Festival, please call (802) 496-9667 or e-mail.