East Dorset, Vermont — Danielle Torano of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, riding Herault won the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame (SJHoF) High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Sunday, August 3, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
The Torano family has had a banner weekend at the Vermont Summer Festival, with Danielle’s husband Jimmy Torano winning Saturday’s $30,000 Manchester & the Mountains Grand Prix. Torano also won the $10,000 SJHOF High Junior-Amateur Owner Jumper Classic one week earlier riding another mount, Calles 2.
This week, Torano was the only rider to leave all the rails in the cups over the track set by Canadian course designer Michel Vaillancourt, although at the expense of two time faults.
“I watched the low classic go before me, which was the same course, and I wasn’t paying attention to the time,” Torano admitted. “The jumps came up pretty fast and there were a lot of bending lines, so I think I just started concentrating on making the lines right and not cantering through my turns like I normally would. When I had the two time faults, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, really?’”
She continued, “Other than that, it rode nicely. The course was nice and flowing and was a nice smooth course. I didn’t really get to watch anybody else’s course, but I think the rails came down easily around the course. I was lucky enough to not have any rails and just have time faults!”
Herault is a new ride for Torano, but the seven-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Heartbreaker has a special connection to her.
“He’s a full brother to Vancouver D’Auvray,” said Torano, referring to her 2009 World Cup Final mount. “The breeder called us and said that he had Vancouver’s full brother and he thought he would be good for us, so we went from there. He was right! It’s been really fun.”
With Torano, Vancouver was highly competitive in the grand prix ring, and she was thrilled to see that Herault is strikingly similar to her former mount.
“The way he goes is very similar to Vancouver,” Torano noted. “Vancouver played a lot, he was a stallion, but the way Herault jumps; the feeling is very similar.”
She continued, “I like that he’s compact, like Vancouver was. He’s little, but he has a big stride. His jump feels amazing and easy. He’s actually really, really fun to ride.”
Torano and Herault will contest the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic during the sixth and final week of the Vermont Summer Festival, running from August 5–10 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. The finale $15,000 Vermont Celebration Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic will also take place on Sunday afternoon during week six.
The Vermont Summer Festival offers a full schedule of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. The final class of the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake Series, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, will take place on Thursday, August 7, while the grand finale, the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix, takes place on Saturday, August 9, at 1 p.m. Hunter competition culminates in the $15,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derby, presented by Land Rover Experience, on the evening of Thursday, August 7.
Competition begins each day of the show at 8 a.m. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children from Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. 100% of the gate proceeds benefit area libraries, including Manchester Community Library.
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.
$10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic
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