Faces in Hunter Rings Shine at Fourth Week of Vermont Summer
Dorset, VTJuly 31, 2003 Mary Lisa Leffler of Brookeville,
MD, rode Lola, owned by Jeanne Marie Gelber, to the win in the First
Year Green Working Hunter Division at the Manchester & The Mountains
Horse Show, July 30-August 3. This is the fourth week of The Vermont
Summer Festival, July 10-August 11, held at the Harold Beebe Farm
in East Dorset, VT.
Leffler rode Lola to blue ribbon finishes in both of the days
classes held over fences to give her the edge she needed to win
the Championship. Shachine Belle rode Attache, owned by JT Farm,
to earn the Reserve Championship award.
Later in the morning, Patty Stovel of Alpharetta, GA, and Pierre
Jolicoeurs horse, Nelson B earned a blue ribbon in both of
the classes held over fences in the Second Year Green Working Hunter
Division. The two blue ribbons combined with a blue ribbon over
fences on July 30 earned them the Championship ribbon. The Vermont
Summer Festivals Leading Lady Hunter Rider, Katie Milton of
Locust Valley, NY, rode Grace, owned by Manhattan Mortgage, to finish
as the Reserve Champion.
After earning two first place ribbons on July 30, Jeff Ayers of
Sellersville, PA, and Social Secretary, owned by Thomas and Cynthia
Deibert, added another blue ribbon over fences to their collection.
The pairs performances over two days earned them the Champion
ribbon in the Green Conformation Hunter Division. Rob Bielefeld
rode For the Music for owner Krista Weisman to earn Reserve Championship
Heather Caristo of Hauppauge, NY, rode Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Caristos
Linea to win the Championship ribbon in the Regular Working Hunter
Division. Brian Walker aboard Just, owned by Kristel Keegan, finished
as the Reserve Champion.
Megan Young and Courtney McCay, who dominated the equitation divisions
the first three weeks of The Vermont Summer Festival have continued
their winning ways. Young of Jacksonville, FL, bested a field of
26 riders to win the BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search Class,
Presented by Sooner Trailers. McCay of Ocala, FL, finished second.
Young then went on to win the hunter phase of the Washington International
Horse Show (WIHS) Equitation Classic over 39 riders. McCay finished
second behind Young in this class as well.
Another rider from Florida, Dorothy Grubb of Wellington, topped
the field of 23 riders to win the USAE Medal. Emily Parker Hock
of New York, NY finished second.
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. For full results, visit the Vermont Summer