Stevenson Wins the $10,000 Mini Prix Jumper Class At Vermont Summer
Festival Horse Show
Dorset, VTJuly 12, 2002Vanessa Stevenson joined the
list of winners at the Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show by besting
a field of 24 in the $10,000 Mini Prix Jumper class on Friday, July
12, 2002, at Harold Beebe Farm, in East Dorset, VT, riding Galiana,
owned by Robert Ross.
19-year-old resident of Southampton, NY was the first of nine to
go clean and the fastest in the jump-off with a time of 32.845 seconds.
Ezequiel Peralta of Oriedo, FL came in second with the only other
double clear in a time of 34.129 aboard Charming Z, owned by Wendy
Ritter & Seabreeze Farm. Third place went to Canadas Mario
Deslauriers riding Amica.
Mini Prix class is similar to Grand Prix, but the jumps are slightly
lower. The highest fence was set at about five feet, but the course
looked a lot bigger to Stevenson as she entered the ring. I
was a little nervous, said the young rider. The fences
looked really big, but Galiana was awesome.
has only been riding the Grand Prix circuit for two years and has
already begun to make a name for herself at the Manchester Summer
Festival this week. In addition to winning Fridays class,
she has placed in several other open jumper events. On Sunday, the
same pair will be competing in the $35,000 Grand Prix, sponsored
by the Stratton Mountain Inn, but Stevenson is taking it all in
stride. Riding her is so much fun, I know shell take
care of me.
other horse show action, Lara Gay, of Ridgefield, CT won the ASPCA
Horsemanship Medal class riding Capital Hill. In the Hunter ring,
Barbara Orans of Mamaroneck, NY won the $500 North American League
Adult Amateur Classic aboard Sunday Evening. The North American
League (NAL) runs year-long series in six equestrian divisionsChildrens
Hunter, Adult Hunter, Childrens Jumper, Adult Jumper, Pony
Jumper, and Open Jumperwith year-end championship finals at
the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, in October.
riders are accepted in the Childrens and Adult Hunters and
Jumpers finals, each of which awards $10,000 prize money. The Open
Speed finals also accept 30 entries and awards $25,000 prize money.
The pony division final accepts 25 riders and awards $5,000 prize
Vermont Summer Festival, which is New Englands 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.
further information, please visit the Vermont Summer Festival website
or call 802-496-4878.