Week of Vermont Summer Festival Opens
East Dorset, VTJuly 16, 2003The Vermont Summer Festival
opened its second week of competition, the Manchester Classic Horse
Show, July 16-20, at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Louise Serio of Kennett Square, PA, who piloted Gray Slipper, owned
by Bridget Hallman, to Championship honors in the Second Year Green
Working Hunter Division at the Manchester Summer Festival, July
9-13, continued her winning ways. On July 16, Serio rode another
of Hallmans horses, Laissez Faire, to a first and a second
place finish over fences in the First Year Green Working Hunter
Rachael Kennedy of Brookeville, MD aboard Shablis, owned by Nicole
Chaney, topped the field of seven horse-and-rider combinations to
earn three blue ribbons in the Green Conformation Hunter Division.
The pair earned top honors in the Model class as well as over fences
and under saddle.
In the jumper divisions, junior rider Cayce Harrison, winner of
the individual Gold Medal at last years North American Young
Riders Championships, rode Mania Jolly, owned by Double H Farm,
to win the first of the weeks Open Jumper classes over a field
of fourteen horse-and-rider combinations. Former USET Talent Search
Finals champion David Oliynyk rode his Celebrate and finished in
second place behind Harrison.
Earlier in the day, the Schooling Jumper Division began the weeks
jumper action in the Grand Prix Ring. Blythe Masters of New York,
NY aboard her Kings Ransom bested a large field of 62 entries to
take home the blue ribbon. Riding for owner Sarah Alveraz, Katie
Milton rode Rollerball to a second place finish in the class.
Canadian Olympian Harold Chopping, now of Hampton Falls, NH, earned
top honors in the High Preliminary Jumper Division. Chopping rode
Rabaila, owned by Silver Oak Equestrian Centre, to the win.
Vermont Summer Festival is New Englands largest AA
rated hunter/jumper horse show. This years event includes
five USET-recognized $35,000 Grand Prix to be held on the last day
of each show and five $10,000 Mini Prix to be 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.
further information on the 2003 Vermont Summer Festival, please
call (802) 362-9023, or visit the Vermont Summer Festival website