Jeffrey Welles Wins The $2,500 Open Jumper Class At
Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show
Dorset, VTJuly 24, 2002 Jeffery Welles, 40, of Pound
Ridge, NY took top honors riding Aziza, owned by Redfield Farm,
in the $2,500 Open Jumper class at the Valley Classic Horse Show,
part of the 2002 Vermont Summer Festival at Harold Beebe Farm, in
East Dorset, VT on Wednesday.
a USET veteran, made to the jump-off with only one of his three
mounts, but one was all he needed to win. Aziza, a 7-year-old Oldenburg,
completed the course in 32.430 seconds. Kristi Smith, of Rockport,
MA, riding Jennieta, owned by Knights Fork Inc had the fastest jump-off
time until Welles and Aziza, but they were bumped to second with
a jump-off time of 32.671. Michael Dorman of Jamison, PA, riding
Femalin, owned by Caroline Lloyd was third with a jump-off time
a really fast mare, Welles said of the young mare. There was
only one other quick round, Christi, who was second, so I just took
the right track, went at a gallop and she was right there. Shes
a super mare.
also had a rising star in the class. Ashley Baker, 20, of Greenwich,
CT, came in fourth with a double clear and an impressive jump-off
time of 37.166, riding Dollar dAmour. Baker is a student of
Welles and is quickly making a name for herself on the circuit.
is doing great, said Welles. She is just starting to
move up into the open division now, and is handling it quite well.
Shes one to watch.
is hoping to make an appearance with one of his horses in the featured
show jumping event on Sunday, the $35,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix,
sponsored by Nutraceutical. This USET-recognized event features
top riders and horses both nationally and internationally in the
most exciting class of the Vermont Summer Festival.
Vermont Summer Festival, New Englands largest AA
rated hunter-jumper horse show circuit, continues with the Valley
Classic through Sunday, the Manchester and the Mountains Horse Show,
July 31-August 4, and the Vermont Summer Celebration, August 7-11.
further information, please visit the Vermont Summer Festival website
or call 802-362-7548.