Vermont Summer Festival Begins Five Weeks of Equestrian Competition
Dorset, VTJuly 9, 2003 Louise Serio of Kennett Square,
PA, dominated hunter competition as the Vermont Summer Festival,
July 9-August 10, opened its five weeks of competition at the Beebe
Farm in East Dorset, Vermont. The Manchester Summer Festival, July
9-13, kicks off the five weeks of competition in the mountains.
took home blue ribbons from several of the days featured events
in the hunter rings. Serio rode Gray Slipper, owned by Bridget Hallman,
to a first and second place finish in the over fences phase of competition
in the Second Year Green Working Hunter Division. The pair then
went on to take top honors in the under saddle portion of competition.
also earned a blue ribbon earlier in the day with another of Hallmans
horses. Aboard Laissez Faire, Serio earned a win over fences in
the First Year Green Working Hunter Division.
dominating in the hunter divisions was Juliana Starbuck aboard RCG
Farms Unique. Starbuck took top honors in the Regular Conformation
Hunter Division earning a blue ribbon in one of the days over
fences classes as well as in the under saddle.
level show jumping action also got underway. In the Grand Prix ring,
husband and wife team, Danielle and Jimmy Torano of Fort Lauderdale,
FL took first and second place honors respectively in the first
Open Jumper class of the week. Aboard Sir Ruly Inc.s, Lalique,
Danielle topped the field of nine horse-and-rider combinations to
earn the blue ribbon. Jimmy took second place honors aboard Caruso,
owned by James P. Pirtle & Caruso Group.
in the day, Mark Leone of Franklin Lakes, NJ bested a field of 14
horse-and-rider combinations to earn the blue ribbon in the High
Preliminary Jumper Division. Canadas Harold Chopping took
the second place award aboard Rabaila, owned by Silver Oak Equestrian
Vermont Summer Festival is New Englands largest AA
rated hunter/jumper horse show circuit. This years event includes
five USET-recognized $35,000 Grand Prix and five $10,000 Mini Prix
to be held on the last day of each show. Each of the five weeks
will also feature 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