Wins $10,000 Mini Prix at Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset, VTJuly 11, 2003-- Kristi Smith of Rockport, MA,
aboard Jennieta, owned by Knights Fork Inc., won the $10,000 Open
Mini Prix at the Manchester Summer Festival, July 9-13. The class
was the first of five mini-prix that will highlight each Friday
of the Vermont Summer Festival at the Harold Beebe Farm in East
Dorset, VT, July 9-August 10.
Out of a field of twenty horse-and-rider combinations, Smith was
one of only four pairs to complete the first round course fault-free
to qualify to ride over the shortened jump-off course. In the end,
she was the only rider to produce double clear rounds with a time
of 40.524 seconds.
Jimmy Torano of Fort Lauderdale, Fl, who rode first in the class,
earned second place aboard Aguila, owned by Sir Ruly Inc. Torano
finished the jump-off course in a time of 38.408 seconds but dropped
a rail to give him four faults and the second place ribbon.
Caroline Vander Hyden rode her Paganini to the third place finish
in the class. She posted a time of 39.921 seconds and four faults
in the jump-off.
Smith also earned the fourth place award aboard her second mount
of the morning, On the Sly, also owned by Knights Fork Inc. This
pair pulled a rail down to give them four faults with a time of
40.806 seconds in the jump-off.
In the equitation divisions, Kate Landau of Rye, NY, bested the
field of 29 junior riders to win the ASPCA Horsemanship Medal. Megan
Young of Jacksonville, FL, earned second place. Young also bested
a field of 57 to earn top honors in the Washington International
Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation class. Sophie Coppedge of Boston, MA,
earned second place honors.
The 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
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