Week Hunter Champions Named At Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VTJuly 24, 2003For the second straight
week, Shablis, owned by Nicole Chaney, and ridden by Rachael Kennedy
of Brookeville, MD earned championship honors at the Vermont Summer
Festival, July 9-August 10, at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset,
Winning both over fences classes and under saddle on July 23, Kennedy
and Shablis turned in top performances on July 24 to solidify the
In the morning, Luxor, owned by Danielle and Jimmy Torano and ridden
by Danielle, earned the championship in the First Year Green Working
Hunter Division. Katie Milton of Locust Valley, NY rode Titleist,
owned by Manhattan Mortgage Company, to Reserve Champion honors.
Later in the day, Milton went on to ride the gray mare, Grace, also
owned by Manhattan Mortgage Company, to the tri-color ribbon in
the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division.
For the second straight week, Courtney McCay of Ocala, FL earned
the blue ribbon in the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Class.
Under rainy conditions, McCay topped a field of 39 riders to take
the win. Tania Hack of New York, NY finished second.
Slome of Riverdale, NY won the Washington International Horse Show
(WIHS) Equitation Classic over 54 riders. Hack earned her second
runner-up finish of the day in this class.
Gay of Ridgefield, CT earned the blue ribbon over 39 competitors
to win the USAE Eisers/Pessoa Saddlery Medal. Megan Young of Jacksonville,
FL placed second in the class.
Earlier in the day in the Grand Prix Ring, Danielle Torano of Fort
Lauderdale, FL rode Tommy Boy, owned by Jimmy & Danielle Torano,
to win the Amateur-Owner/Junior Jumper class. The Toranos
winning ways continued as Dutch rider, Albert Voorn, who is in Vermont
training with Jimmy Torano, won the High Preliminary Jumper class
aboard Laurenzos Kairo, owned by Sir Ruly Inc.
Later in the afternoon, Anne Devlin, rode Meticulous, a horse she
owns with Margaret Devlin, to win the $3,000 Open Speed class. Devlin
bested a field of 16 horse-and-rider combinations to take home the
blue ribbon. Jennifer ONeill finished second aboard her Lord
Vermont Summer Festival is New Englands largest AA
rated hunter/jumper horse show. This years event includes
five USET-recognized $35,000 Grand Prix to be held on the last day
of each show and five $10,000 Mini Prix to be held on the Friday
of each show. Each of the five weeks also features a $10,000 Show
Jumping Hall Of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class, part
of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series which determines
which junior and amateur/owner riders will qualify to ride at the
2003 National Horse Show.
further information on the 2003 Vermont Summer Festival, please
call (802) 362-9023, or visit the Vermont Summer Festival website