East Dorset, Vermont — Manchester Designer Outlets and the retail brands it represents will return for the ninth year as title sponsor of the weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake Series at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. Held from July 1 through August 10, riders will go head-to-head during six weeks of equestrian competition at Harold Beebe Farm for their slice of the $750,000 in prize money on offer.
The Vermont Summer Festival’s prize money makes the event the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont, thanks in part to the generous sponsorship of Manchester Designer Outlets. The company’s commitment represents the largest and broadest local sponsorship in the history of the Vermont Summer Festival.
The $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, will be held in the grand prix ring each Thursday throughout the six-week competition. The winner of each event not only receives their share of the prize money, but also enjoys a gift certificate from that week’s sponsoring brand. Brand sponsors for 2014 include Brooks Brothers, Marimekko, New Balance, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Overland Sheepskin Company, and Vineyard Vines.
“It’s an excellent additional incentive for riders,” said Ruth Lacey, Marketing Director of the Vermont Summer Festival. “Manchester Designer Outlets has become an integral part of the show, and we greatly appreciate their contribution. The retail brands represented by Manchester Designer Outlets have always been a big attraction for our exhibitors, and it’s wonderful that the company is as invested in the show as many of its customers are.”
A stop at the Manchester Designer Outlets is always at the top of the list for riders and spectators during their time in Vermont. Quite literally, thousands of people associated with the Vermont Summer Festival flock to the Manchester Designer Outlets stores to take advantage of the great deals offered across all of its retail brands, including the Vermont Bird Place, Ann Taylor Loft, Coach, J Crew, Kate Spade, Theory, and Michael Kors. Manchester Designer Outlets is also thrilled to announce the addition of a new building, The Marble Mill, housing retail stores for Eileen Fisher, Eddie Bauer and New Balance.
“The Manchester retail community is getting a new burst of energy with the opening of The Marble Mill, home to 20,000 square feet of shopping and dining,” said Lana Hauben, Vice President of Marketing, Manchester Designer Outlets. “This gorgeous new building complex with two stone terraces and a magnificent center stairwell is set to become a center of activities for the town of Manchester. Shoppers are sure to enjoy its spacious terraces and beautiful artisan stone sitting walls.”
Manchester Designer Outlets offers designer label fashions for both men and women with savings of up to 70 percent. In addition to offering some of the newest fashion trends, there are also unbeatable deals on luxury home furnishings, gifts and stylish accessories. The combination of culture and style makes for an enjoyable and relaxing shopping experience for those who visit.
For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont. Known for its wide variety of area amenities including restaurants, outdoor activities, and lots and lots of shopping, Manchester-area businesses warmly welcome horse show competitors to the area each summer.
The Vermont Summer Festival is New England’s largest hunter/jumper competition and offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont. 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.