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Juniors Showcased At The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show

East Dorset, VT—July 11, 2002—The top juniors in the country were showcased in two featured events at the 2002 Vermont Summer Festival at Harold Beebe Farm, in East Dorset, VT.

Courntey McKay of Ocala, FL took home top honors in the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Class riding Pik Trump II, owned by Quiet Hill Farm and Blair Hackel Weiss of North Salem, NY won the USA Equestrian Hunter Seat Medal Class riding Charlie, owned by Gretchen Weiss.

McKay, trained by Christina Schlusemeyer, bested a field of fifteen in the prestigious BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search to earn points for qualification in the year-end finals that will take place in the fall at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, NJ.

Weiss, trained by Cynthia Williams, was called back second for the final four test and improved her position as a result of a flawless performance to take the blue ribbon.

Juniors are also represented throughout the five weeks in several events including the 2002 National Horse Sports Foundation Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, sponsored by Hand Motors and Vermont Bracelet. The series offers a t $10,000 class each week.

The North American League (NAL) gives juniors a chance to ride in hunter and jumper classics as well as the Marshall & Sterling League, presented by Corona/Lexol. Riders across the country are vying for their chance to qualify for the North American League Finals, which will be held in October at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA.

The ultimate goal for all juniors ins to someday ride in the Grand Prix classes. At the Gvermont Summer Festival, a USET recognized $35,000 Grand Prix event is held featuring the stars of the industry both nationally and internationally.

The Vermont Summer Festival, which is New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter-jumper horse show circuit, continues with the Manchester Classic, July 17-21, The Valley Classic, July 24-28, and the Manchester and the Mountains Horse Show, July 31-August 4. The action culminates with the Vermont Summer Celebration, August 7-11.

For further information, please visit the Vermont Summer Festival website at or call 802-496-4878.


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