East Dorset, Vermont — Week six of the 2012 Vermont Summer Festival kicked off on Wednesday, August 8, with its Vermont Summer Celebration Horse Show at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. The $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m was the highlight class of the day with a win for Tracy Magness, of Hughesville, MD, riding Tarco Van Ter Moude. The Vermont Summer Festival runs July 4 through August 12.
Eric Hasbrouck is the course designer in the grand prix ring this week. In Wednesday’s $5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m, Hasbrouck saw 13 out of 21 entries navigate the first round course without fault. Seven entries went double clear in the jump-off, and Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude, owned by M/M John Bartko, had the fastest time of 36.48 seconds for the win.
Second place honors went to Ireland’s Paul O’Shea and Wizz, owned by O’Shea and Daniel Walsh, with a clear jump-off round in 38.16 seconds. Charlotte Jacobs, of East Aurora, NY, grabbed the third and fourth place prizes with her mounts Promised Land and Kachina. Riding Promised Land, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables, Jacobs stopped the clock in 38.40 seconds to finish third. With Kachina, owned by Deeridge Farms, Jacobs finished in 40.30 seconds to place fourth. Catherine Tyree, of Barrington Hills, IL, jumped double clear with Wetter in a time of 42.07 seconds to place fifth. Ireland’s Darragh Kenny rode North Star’s Umberto and Cyrina Z to double clear rounds as well, finishing sixth and seventh respectively.
Tracy Magness and Tarco Van Ter Moude have been competing together for six years and have won 25 grand prix classes together. They know each other well, and put that partnership to work in Wednesday’s class. Tarco Van Ter Moude is a 16-year-old BWP gelding by Darco x Jalisco B. He was originally imported from Axel Verlooy of EuroHorse in Belgium.
“Tarco is my old horse, he is 16 this year and he actually is coming back from an injury, so last week was his first time jumping over 1.30m in a year and a half,” Magness said after her win. “He did the grand prix last week and he was really good. Today was a warm up for this week and so far, so good. He feels very fresh; I guess it was in a good way today because we won.”
“He is just the most amazing horse; he is part of our family,” Magness smiled.
Magness and Tarco had a smooth, fast round in the jump-off, stopping the clock nearly two seconds faster than their runner up. Commenting on the round, Magness reflected, “I think that, even though he has had all of this time off, he is a seasoned horse and he just knows where he is. He has been my partner for so long; he knows what I’m asking him before I even ask him. He is very fast across the ground and I think he was very fast from fences two to three and in the inside turn.”
“I thought the course was very inviting today,” Magness added. “It was a nice track. Last week the course was really hard on Saturday for the grand prix, so I think this was a nice, welcoming class for all of the horses to jump a little easier and hopefully set up for the week.”
Remarking on the horse show, Magness stated, “We have been here for many years. We didn’t come last year; we just stayed closer to home, so we are back after a year off. It is just a nice break in the summer. The weather is great and there is beautiful scenery, so we love it.”
In addition to the prize money in Wednesday’s class, the top eight finishers also receive points counting towards the $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, presented by Sir Ruly, Inc. Darragh Kenny, who finished sixth and seventh in the class, sat in second place in the rider standings at the completion of week five. Kenny was just four points away from overtaking Ken Berkley, of Flemington, NJ, for the lead.
Riders earn points by placing in the top eight of the Open Jumper 1.40m and the Open Jumper Welcome Stake classes throughout the six-week circuit. In the Saturday grand prix events, points are awarded to the top 12 finishers.
Berkley led the standings during weeks one through five with a total of 182 points. Kenny begins week six with 178 points, but with Berkley not showing this week, will surely edge the leader out. Wednesday’s top finishes, in fact, should be enough to get the job done. Kenny won the bonus last year as well.
The $10,000 Open Jumper High Score Awards, presented by Sir Ruly, Inc., now serves as a legacy and reminder of Raul ‘Ruly’ Torano’s generosity and commitment to show jumping excellence, both at the Vermont Summer Festival and to the sport as a whole. The bonus serves as a great incentive for the riders each year and recognizes their effort in the sport. A total of $10,000 is divided among the top three riders overall, with the winner receiving $5,000, the second place finisher taking home $3,000, and the third place rider earning $2,000
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 Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival feature a $30,000 Grand Prix. The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 11. The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, are held each Thursday.
Competition begins at 8 a.m. daily, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. All of the gate receipts benefit the a number of Manchester area non-profit organizations, including the Mark Skinner Library, Friends Foundation for MEMS, Community Food Cupboard, and Second Chance Animal Center.
For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). Please e-mail us or visit our website for more information about the Vermont Summer Festival.
$5,000 Open Jumper 1.40m – Vermont Summer Festival VI
|1||Tracy Magness||Tarco Van Ter Moude||0:0||36.48|
|3||Charlotte Jacobs||Promised Land||0:0||38.40|
|7||Darragh Kenny||Cyrina Z||0:0||45.12|
|8||Luis Larrazabal||G&C Leroy||0:4||37.46|
$10,000 Open Jumper High Score Award, sponsored by Sir Ruly, Inc.
Standings through August 9, 2012
|10||Pau l O'Shea||35|