Ward Wins $35,000 Manchester Summer Festival
Dorset, VTJuly 13, 2003McLain Ward of Brewster, NY won
the $35,000 Manchester Summer Festival Grand Prix aboard La Belle,
owned by Sarah Willeman & Turnabout Farm. For his victory, Ward
was presented with the Battenkill Cup. The $35,000 Manchester Summer
Festival Grand Prix marks the first of five Grand Prix that will
take place as part of the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August
10, at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
was one of only five horse-and-rider combinations to ride clear
over course designer Anthony DAmbrosios first round
course to qualify to ride in the jump-off. Going third in the final
order, Ward posted a time of 36.563 seconds, which proved unbeatable.
Shes a hot mare, super fast and very careful. The mare
is beautifully prepared, Ward said of the eight-year-old mare,
who is trained by Missy Clark. I just show up and ride the
horse. I just need to steer. Missys horses are always ready
of the $35,000 Manchester and the Mountains Grand Prix at the 2002
Vermont Summer Festival, Jimmy Torano of Fort Lauderdale, FL earned
second place aboard Caruso, owned by James B. Pirtle & Caruso
Group. Torano crossed through the timers in a time of 41.746 seconds.
Meredith Taylor of Wellington, FL finished third with Equifit Pizarro,
owned by ABC Limited.
in the day, Amanda Starbuck rode Lickity Split, owned by the Stepping
Stone Farm of Ridgefield, CT to the win in the Amateur-Owner Show
Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Presented by Nutraceutical International
Inc, a highlighted event of the morning in the Grand Prix Ring.
Starbuck was one of five horse-and-rider combinations to produce
a clear ride in the first round to qualify for the jump-off. Despite
a broken stirrup heading to the final fence, she turned in the fastest
time, 36.151 seconds, to earn the blue ribbon. Jonathan Phillips
aboard Prins finished in second place with a time of 38.201 seconds.
Manchester Summer Festivals High Junior Jumper Champion, Carolyn
Kelly of New York, New York aboard her Kalimea took top honors in
the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior Jumper Classic Presented by
Nutraceutical International Inc. In only her third week competing
in the High Junior Jumper Division, fifteen-year-old Kelly was the
only rider to produce a clear round over the first round course
eliminating the need for a jump-off.
Summer Gay aboard Contino, owned by the RCG Farm of Ridgefield,
CT took top honors in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.
Carolyn Kelly finished in second place aboard Chagall 115.
the morning, Anders Jones of Weston, MA rode Lanbourgini to win
the Marshall & Sterling Childrens Jumper Classic. Jones
was one of eight horse-and-rider combinations to ride clear in the
first round to qualify to ride over the shortened jump-off course.
The pair stopped the clock in a time of 33.274 seconds. Heather
Dobbs of Sussex, NJ aboard Pablo, owned by Katelyn Denby, earned
second place with a slightly slower time of 34.059 seconds.
Stephanie Verville rode Magic to win the Marshall & Sterling
Adult Amateur Jumper Classic. Verville bested the field of ten horse-and-rider
combinations, who qualified to ride in the jump-off phase, by posting
a clear round and a time of 29.108 seconds. Verville also earned
the Adult Amateur Jumper Division Championship at the Manchester
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