Olympians Battle for Victory in $2,500 Open Jumper Competition At
Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show
Dorset, VTAugust 7, 2002 It was the battle of the Olympians
on opening day of the Vermont Summer Celebration, part of the 2002
Vermont Summer Festival held at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset,
Leone, a silver medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and Lisa
Jacquin, a member of the Silver Medal team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics,
dueled for the win in the $2,500 Open Jumper competition with Leon
coming out on top.
of Greenwich, CT, rode one of four horses to advance to the jump-off
over the course designed by Jerry Dougherty. Leone, the first rider
back into the ring, posted a time of 33.33 seconds aboard the 12-year-old
bay mare, Bella Louisa, that could not be beat.
of Wayne, PA, had two chances to beat Leone, but a time of 33.89
seconds riding the nine-year-old thoroughbred-cross gelding, Fabrege,
was not quick enough. In addition to second position, Jacquin also
took fourth after having a rail down with La Bonita.
between Jacquin for third position was Irelands Cian McDermott
and Falcone II who had a clear round in a time of 34.15 seconds
in the jump-off. McDermott, who is based in New Hope, PA, also finished
fifth riding DAccord.
five-week Vermont Summer Festival, New Englands largest AA
rated hunter-jumper horse show circuit, featured the Manchester
Classic, July 17-21, The Valley Classic, July 24-28, and the Manchester
and the Mountains Horse Show, July 31-August 4. International horse
sport action culminates with the Vermont Summer Celebration, August
week the Vermont Summer Festival features several open jumper classes
including the $35,000 Grand Prix class each Sunday as part of the
Series, sponsored by the Stratton Mountain Inn, Hand Motors and
the Equinox Resort. Top riders and horses, both nationally and internationally,
are showcased in these USET-recognized events.
further information please visit the Vermont Summer Festival website
or call 802-362-7548.