East Dorset, Vermont — Following five weeks of competition, a total of 70 riders have already qualified for the $15,000 Vermont Celebration Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, Presented by Parlanti, to be held on the final day of the 2011 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, Vermont. The six-week equestrian competition is running at Harold Beebe Farm from July 6 through August 14, 2011.
Riders qualify for the $15,000 Vermont Celebration Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic, Presented by Parlanti, by jumping clear in classics held throughout the six week Vermont Summer Festival. The order of go for the grand finale will be determined by the number of clear rounds from earlier competitions, with the rider with the most clear rounds in qualifying competitions having the advantage of being last to go. For riders still hoping to qualify, there are still two qualifying classics left on Saturday of week six, giving riders a final opportunity to add their names to the list.
Alissa Kinsey of Ft. Meyers, Florida, is the leader in clear rounds with her amazing mare Grisset, looking to repeat victory.
“For the organizers to offer this level of class to us is so great,” said Kinsey. “Grisset and I have always loved this show, and especially the Grand Prix ring. I don’t think she has ever lost a class in the big ring. It is just so expansive and wonderful. There are plenty of top notch horses and riders qualified for this class and they all have a shot.”
“We really seem to have it together now, and I hope that we keep going” commented Kinsey. “She loves to run and jump, and I used to drive race cars, so it is a great fit.”
Making its debut in 2010, the inaugural $15,000 Children’s Adult Jumper Classic was one of the most exciting and hotly contested classes held at the Vermont Summer Festival. Kinsey and her Grisset emerged victorious from a starting field of 39 entries in the first $15,000 Children’s Adult Jumper Classic.
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Offering more than $750,000 in prize money, the Vermont Summer Festival is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont. The first five Sundays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix at 1 p.m., culminating with the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix on Sunday, August 14. In addition to the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, held each Friday, the weekly $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Classics are hotly contested. New for 2011, the Vermont Summer Festival will host a $5,000 Hunter Derby each Thursday five of the six weeks.
Competition begins at 8 a.m. daily, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, Wednesday through Saturday. On Grand Prix Sunday, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. As always, 100 percent of the gate proceeds benefit the Friends Foundation for MEMS, (Manchester Elementary and Middle School).
For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region each summer. Please e-mail us or visit our website for more information about the Vermont Summer Festival.