Federico Sztyrle Wins the $35,000 Otter Creek Grand
Prix Sponsored by Hand Motors At the Vermont Summer Festival Horse
Dorset, VTJuly 21, 2002Federico Sztyrle of Bridgehampton,
NY, won the $35,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix, sponsored by Hand Motors,
on Sunday at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show held at Harold
Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. Sztyrle won riding Caya, owned by
Sag Pond Farm. Peter Lutz of Katonah, NY, and Maroline, owned by
Coker Farm, was second, and Ken Berkley of Flemington, NJ, aboard
Laredo, owned by Rivers Edge, came in third.
(pronounced steer-lay) kept the crowd in suspense as he was the
last to go in the jump-off of eight. Robert Ross and Galiana, owned
by Joe Zada and Romance Farm, were the first to go in the jump-off
and went clean in a time of 39.394 seconds. Then Lutz, riding Maroline,
immediately took over the lead with a faultless round in a time
of 35.688 seconds. Ken Berkley of Flemington, NJ, was unsuccessful
at beating the time with the two mounts he had in the jump-off.
Berkley and Laredo tried to repeat their Grand Prix winning performance
from Week One in Vermont, but went too slow in a time of 36.064
seconds. Berkleys other entry, Kontiki, owned by Rivers Edge
& Karen Long Dwight, also went clear, but at a slower time of
37.846 seconds, which gave them a fourth place finish.
came Sztyrle and Caya. The pair were forced to go fast since there
were already four clean rounds, but Sztyrle did not think his jump-off
time of 35.446 was fast enough to clinch the title.
horse is a very careful jumper, but not fast, said Sztyrle.
I didnt think I could win, the time was very close.
former member of the Argentine Equestrian Team was second in the
Grand Prix at Vermont last year with Caya. He was pleased with the
am very happy to win, said Sztyrle. We came so close
last year, this was a nice surprise for me.
Vermont Summer Festival, New Englands largest AA
rated hunter-jumper horse show, continues with the Valley Classic,
July 24-28, and the Manchester and the Mountains Horse Show, July
31-August 4. The action culminates with the Vermont Summer Celebration,
further information, please visit the Vermont Summer Festival website
or call 802-362-7548.