Vermont Summer Festival Reminds Exhibitors of Required Health Protocols

East Dorset, Vermont – Committed to equine health and welfare, all horses competing at the six-week Vermont Summer Festival running from July 4 through August 13, 2017, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT, are required to comply with the State of Vermont and Federal Government equine health certification protocols.

The Vermont Summer Festival, running from July 4 through August 13, reminds exhibitors to comply with
the State of Vermont and Federal Government equine health certification protocols.
Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
In addition to general bio-security practices and proper vaccinations as recommended by veterinarians, the Vermont Summer Festival requires specific documentation for each horse entering the showgrounds. Upon arrival at Harold Beebe Farm, each horse must have the following documentation on file in the horse show office before being issued a back number:

  • A completed Vermont Summer Festival Vaccination Declaration, which can be found here.
  • A negative Coggins test obtained within 12 months.
  • A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) – dated within 30 days – designating the Vermont Summer Festival as the point of destination and 2971 Route 7, East Dorset, Vermont, as the physical destination.

As an alternative to a CVI dated within 30 days, exhibitors may obtain an Exhibition Permit from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture’s Animal Health office. This permit extends the life of the CVI to 180 days as long as the horse moves interstate to its first show within 30 days of the health certificate examination by a veterinarian.
“We hope that exhibitors arriving at the Vermont Summer Festival experience a smooth and easy transition with horse health and safety being our priority,” said John Ammerman, Vermont Summer Festival Show Manager. “Abiding by the proper protocols, as well as having all vaccination declarations and CVIs in order, will ensure that horses arrive at the show grounds ready to compete.”
More information, including Equine Importation FAQs, Exhibition Permit Protocols from the State of Vermont, and Federal Interstate Movement Requirements, visit
The prize list for the 2017 Vermont Summer Festival is available online here. Entries for all six weeks of competition must be postmarked by June 6 and received by June 9. Entries may be mailed or filled out online and submitted electronically through the services provided by Equestrian Connect.
The Vermont Summer Festival is New England’s largest hunter/jumper competition and the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont offering more than $750,000 in prize money. The event is also a proud member of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL).
For more information on the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail or visit