Mary Lisa Leffler Captures Final $35,000 Grand Prix, Sponsored by
Equinox Resorts, At the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show
Dorset, VTAugust 11, 2002 Mary Lisa Leffler won the
final $35,000 Grand Prix, Sponsored by Equinox Resort and Spa, as
the Vermont Summer Celebration, the final week of competition at
Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, brought the 2002 Vermont Summer
Festival to a close.
five weeks of international show jumping competition, Leffler went
out in fine style. The only rider to go double clear in the Grand
Prix, Leffler, 35, and Graf Rossini S claimed victory on the final
day of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival for the second
year in a row.
my family here to support me is really great! said Leffler,
who lives on a 200-acre family farm in Brookeville, MD, about the
best part of the win. I have 47 horses here between my own
and all my clients, so I am really thankful to the people working
at the show for helping me keep everything so organized. I couldnt
do it without them!
had her game face on when she was the third rider to return to the
ring in the jump-off. After knowing the first two riders each suffered
four faults, Lefflers strategy was to go slow and steady.
Her plan proved successful as she left all the jumps up in a time
of 42.51 seconds with the 13-year-old Oldenburg stallion, Graf Rossini
S, earning $10,500 in prize money for owner Bruce Chovnick LLC.
second was Daniel Damen, 20, who competed at the Vermont Summer
Festival for the duration of the five-week circuit. First back in
the jump-off, Damen of Cortlandt Manor, NY, and his 11-year-old
grey Hannoverian gelding Jewel Thief posted the fastest time, 41.72
seconds, but a rail down cost them the win.
Canadian Olympian Mario Deslauriers, 37, of Bromont, Quebec, was
third with Le Madro, a 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding owned by Tristan
& America. The 1984 World Cup Champion had the second fence
down in the jump-off for a four-fault finish in a time of 41.94
seconds. After having four faults in the first round with both Amica
62 and Kathleen, Deslauriers also placed ninth and tenth, giving
him a total of three horses in the top ten from a field of 24 starters.
Dolan-Sweeney of Oyster Bay, NY, was fourth riding Sagamore Farms
Jasmine while Meredith Taylor, 25, who has advanced to the jump-off
in four out of five grand prix events at the Vermont Summer Festival,
finished fifth with Equifit Pizarro, a 12-year-old bay Rhinelander
gelding owned by ABC Limited.
in the day, Summer Gay of Ridgefield, CT, won the $10,000 Junior/Amateur
Owner Classic riding Tyler while Dee Thomas of Wellington, FL, placed
second aboard La Nina. The class is part of the 2002 Show Jumping
Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series.
the $2,500 M&S Child/Adult Jumper, Nancy Hooker and Flintstone
rode away the winners while Caroline Clemens and Dutch Treat won
the $2,500 Child/Adult Hunter Special.
five-week Vermont Summer Festival, New Englands largest AA
rated hunter-jumper horse show circuit, featured the Manchester
Summer Festival, July 10-14, 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 show jumping action
concluded with the Vermont Summer Celebration, August 7-11.
week the Vermont Summer Festival featured several open jumper classes
including a weekly $10,000 Mini Prix, Sponsored by Bruce Chovnick
LLC, every Friday and a $35,000 Grand Prix class each Sunday. International
show jumping riders and horses were showcased in these USET-recognized
full results and further information, please visit the Vermont Summer
Festival website at www.vt-summerfestival.com
or call 802-496-9669.