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Kensington and Juste Battle for the Regular Working Hunter Championship At Vermont Summer Festival

East Dorset, VT—August 06, 2003—The 2003 Vermont Summer Festival began its last week, the Vermont Summer Celebration, running through Sunday, August 10, the final week of the five-week series of horse show competition at the Harold Beebe Farm.

Juste, ridden by Brian Walker, won the first Regular Working Hunter Class Over Fences while Kensington, ridden by Katie Milton, won the second Regular Working Hunter Over Fences Class with a score of 87 points. Juste won the Regular Working Hunter Under Saddle Class and Kensington was second. Either of these two competitors could win the Regular Working Hunter Championship; Thursday’s Regular Working Hunter Classes will decide.

The First Year Green Hunters were dominated by Luxor with Mary Lisa Leffler riding for owners Jimmy Torano and Anna Tilestone. Luxor and Leffler won both of the First Year Green Hunters Over Fences Classes. Robyn with Elizabeth Shoudy riding won the First Year Green Hunters Under Saddle Class for owner Elizabeth Spielman.

Debbie McCarthy won the Open Jumper Class on Zaharius with the only double clear round out of the 15 competitors that attempted the course designed by U.S. Olympic veteran Buddy Brown of Tennessee.

The Vermont Summer Festival is New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show. This year’s event includes five USET-recognized $35,000 Grand Prix, held on the last day of each show, and five $10,000 Mini Prix, 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.

For further information on the 2003 Vermont Summer Festival, please call (802) 362-9023. For full results, visit the Vermont Summer Festival website

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