Wins $1,500 NAL/WIHS Childrens Jumper Classic
East Dorset, VTAugust 2, 2003 In one of her last shows
as a junior rider, Caitlin Sands of Lebanon, PA aboard her Rienne
de Rouge won the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Childrens Jumper Classic
at the Manchester & The Mountains Horse Show, July 30-August
3, the fourth week of the Vermont Summer Festival, July 9-August
10, held at the Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
The final pair to enter the ring of the 16 horse-and-rider combinations
who qualified for the jump-off, Sands and her seven-year-old, chestnut
mare were chasing class leader Nicole Lakin of Reading, PA aboard
Kick the Clouds, owned by Rolling Acres. Going third in the jump-off,
Lakin and her mount posted a clear round in a time of 33.472 seconds,
which held as the fastest time until Sands entered the ring.
the end, Sands and Rienne de Rouge were able to catch Lakins
time. Their time of 33.212 seconds earned them the blue ribbon.
Shes obviously really fast. I didnt even know
I was going that fast, said Sands, who is heading to the University
of South Carolina in the fall on a riding scholarship. Shes
an amazing jumper. Sands, who trains with Richard McGrath,
has competed in a few equitation classes this summer, but admits,
I definitely like the jumpers better. Theyre more fun.
Lakin finished in second place. Kendall Bate of Wellington, FL aboard
her Boston finished in third place with a clear round and a slightly
slower time of 33.502 seconds.
the second week in a row, another of Richard McGraths students,
his wife, Cindy McGrath of Hummelstown, PA and her Euro Pass earned
the blue ribbon in the $1,500 NAL/WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Classic.
Out of the seven horse-and-rider combinations who qualified for
the jump-off, McGrath, who went second in the order, posted the
a time of 31.847 seconds which proved unbeatable. Only having been
partners with the twelve-year-old gelding for three weeks, McGrath
said of her mount, Hes just amazing. Hes a speed
horse. The hardest thing is for me to do nothing.
Sirjusingh of Brookeville, MD finished second aboard Kentucky IV.
This pair posted a clear round with a slightly slower time of 32.966
seconds in the jump-off. Julie Graham of Kintnersville, PA finished
in third place aboard her Humble Dice.
the hunter rings Championship ribbons were awarded in the Adult
Amateur Hunter Divisions. Championship honors in the Adult Amateur
Hunter for riders ages 18-35 were awarded to CC Bloom, owned and
ridden by Samantha Hallman.
Braswell and her Mistletoe, who have been regular fixtures in the
winners circle at the Vermont Summer Festival, won the Champion
ribbon for the Adult Amateur Hunter Division for riders ages 35-45
for the third straight week. Championship honors in the Adult Amateur
Hunter for riders 46 and over were awarded to Francesco, owned by
Michael and Lora Schultz and ridden by Lora.
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