East Dorset, Vermont — Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ, won the $10,000 Bass Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, aboard VDL Coverboy on Thursday, July 7 during the first week of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. The Vermont Summer Festival runs for six consecutive weeks at Harold Beebe Farm from July 5 through August 14.
Flint jumped to several early-season wins at the Vermont Summer Festival in 2015, and is well on her way to repeating that success this year after topping 22 horses over courses set by Ireland's Alan Wade on Thursday. Besting a difficult track, Flint and The Coverboy Group's VDL Coverboy produced the only double-clear effort of the class and crossed the timers in 45.50 seconds for the win.
Robert Lee of Ocala, FL and Acrobat, owned by Brook Run Farm, LLC were clear over the first-round course, but elected not to jump off and settled in second.
Third was awarded to Matthew Metell of Wellington, FL, and Lansink, owned by Wolver Hollow after a fast four-fault trip over the original course in 69.31 seconds. Just fractions of a second slower, Bryn Sadler of Santa Fe, NM, jumped to fourth aboard Britt W.H. for owner Showcase 81, LLC in 69.93 seconds with four faults. Willie Tynan of Wellington, FL, rounded out the top five in the irons of KEC City Limits on four faults in 72 seconds flat for Red Barn Farm, LLC.
Flint has been competing at the Vermont Summer Festival for more than 15 years and is hopeful that her 2016 season will follow in the footsteps of the previous two.
“You can't assume anything in this sport,” she said. “I hope we can do as well as we have the last two years. Coverboy was fantastic today, but I'm trying not to have too many expectations.”
With three mounts in the class, VDL Coverboy was Flint's most seasoned ride at nine years old. The Dutch Warmblood gelding carried his owner in the junior/amateur jumper ranks over the winter season before Flint took over the reins earlier this year.
“We've had him in our barn since he was four, but jumping the bigger jumps is new for him,” said Flint. “My other two horses are green and he has the most miles. He's always careful, has a great big step and can turn super easy.”
Flint commented on Wade's course saying, “his tracks are always straight forward. He never tries to trick anyone, but you have to pay attention. I didn't think the course was going to ride as difficult as it did.”
Thanks to significant improvements to the grounds and footing at Harold Beebe Farm last year, the Vermont Summer Festival is better than ever this summer.
After jumping her first classes of the season this week, Flint agreed saying, “The footing was a welcomed improvement last year, but I think it's even better this now that it's had time to settle. It's riding great.”
Flint will spend the first two weeks of the summer season in Vermont and is joined by a barn full of clients and horses ranging from baby green hunters to the grand prix level jumpers. Up next for Flint, she and VDL Coverboy will contest the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, presented by Johnson Horse Transportation on Saturday, July 9.
In addition to her share of the prize money, Flint earned a $1,000 gift card to Manchester Designer Outlets' Bass outlet store in Manchester, VT.
For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont for great competition in an ideal summer setting. Outside the show ring, exhibitors are immersed in the charm of Vermont's shopping, dining, and outdoor activities.
Competition at the 2016 Vermont Summer Festival runs weekly from Wednesday through Sunday, beginning each day at 8 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children from Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children with 100% of all gate proceeds benefiting the Manchester Community Library and Dorset Equine Rescue.
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 G. H. Bass Welcome Stake
Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets
Thursday, July 7, 2016
|1||Amanda Flint||Long Valley, NJ||VDL Coverboy||0:4||45:50|
|2||Robert Lee||Ocala, FL||Acrobat||0:Withdrew|
|3||Matthew Metell||Wellington, FL||Lansink||4||69:31|
|4||Bryn Sadler||Santa Fe, NM||Britt W.H.||4||69:93|
|5||Willie Tynan||Wellington, FL||KEC City Limits||4||72:00|
|6||Amanda Strain||Deep River, CT||Casino Royale||4||75:94|
|7||Elisabeth Mahoney||Portsmouth, NH||Mimosa||4||77.11|
|8||Linda Sheridan||Frenchtown, NJ||Vantina HPF||8||69:99|