The Vermont Summer Festival concluded another successful season by naming the 2017 circuit champions following six weeks of competition held from July 4 through August 13 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

A total of 57 champions were crowned in hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions offered throughout the circuit. The 2017 Vermont Summer Festival Circuit Champions are as follows:

Novice Adult Hunter Principatus Robyn Cloyes Robyn Cloyes
Restricted Children’s Hunter Smitten 57 Nicholas Lopes Nicholas Lopes
Pre-Green Pony In The Game Caroline Tinsley Hadley Earl
Green Conformation Hunter Best Regards Patricia Fulchino Jennifer Hannan
High Performance Conformation Hunter Uppercut Patricia Fulchino Jennifer Hannan
Schooling Hunter Demi Linda Orton Linda Orton
High Performance Hunter Intrepid Brook Run Farm, LLC Robert Lee
3’3″ Performance Working Hunter Marvelous Christine Steer Sarah Barge
3’6″ Performance Working Hunter Cesar De Lison Z Belle Rolfe Carson Ruff
Baby Green Hunter Whisper Wind Carolyn Nordberg Marylisa Leffler
Low Hunter Boure Belle Rolfe Keirstin Johnsen
3′ Green Hunter Boure Belle Rolfe Megan Young
3’3″ Green Hunter Capital Base Shannon McLean Melissandre Lincourt
3’6″ Green Hunter Cassio Penelope Ayers Megan Young
3’9″ Green Hunter The Exchange Over The Top Stables, LLC Lisa Rex
TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter Rio De Janeiro Sophia Morrell Linda Orton
Small Junior Hunter Balletomane Micaela Kennedy Carson Ruff
Large Junior Hunter Pagani Micaela Kennedy Carson Ruff
3’3″ Junior Hunter Unspoken Alexandra Bukowski Annie McDonald
Modified Children’s Hunter Champlain Celebration Lauren Reid Sophie Whidden
Modified Adult Hunter Triple Kiss Lisa Wentworth Lisa Wentworth
Adult Amateur Hunter 18 – 35 Cartagena BD Kristen Pollin Hannah Showell
Adult Amateur Hunter 36 – 49 Bugatti Nicole Coppola-Hug Nicole  Coppola-Hug
Adult Amateur Hunter 50 & over Cassio Penelope Ayers Penelope Ayers
Short Stirrup Hunter Glen Haven Ivy League Sarah Moynihan Katie Crabtree
Long Stirrup Hunter Noble Ally Amelia Cummings Susan Wheeler
3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter 18 – 35 Carlot Rolling Acres Ashley Foster
3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter 36+ Winston LCJM LLC Lanni Lipson
Amateur-Owner 18 – 35 Zofia Cor Kristi Smith Sydney Smith
Amateur-Owner 36 & over Roland Park Mount Fair Equine LLC Dudley Macfarlane
Green Pony Mapleside Voila Salmon Creek Equine, LLC Sadie Rutkowski
Small Pony Hunter Fairytales Fairytales, LLC Emilia Richard
Medium Pony Hunter Frosted Kathryn McCarthy Kathryn McCarthy
Large Pony Hunter All About Blue Artillery Lane, LLC Caroline Ellis
Children’s Hunter 14 & under Show Me Ashley Hartman Lila Mark
Children’s Hunter 15 – 17 Most Of All Four Tall Oaks Inc. Emma Nichols
Children’s Hunter Pony Sm/Med Champlain Celebration Lauren Reid Sophie Whidden
Children’s Hunter Pony Large Salty Nicholas Lopes Nicholas Lopes
Equitation 15 -17 Qikar Emily Tara Rebecca Morris
Maiden Equitation Lucrece de la Warande Serenity Show Stables Lily Lind
Novice Equitation Guitar Hero Lucy Rachel Donohue Mia Poppinga
Limit Equitation Stans By Me Alexander Goet Alexander Goet
Short Stirrup Equitation Taschereau Nina Montross Natalia Torano
0.90 m Jumper Emilio Cecilia Caron Cecilia Caron
1.00 m Jumper Casanova W Sarah Fisher Sarah Fisher
1.10 m Jumper Magnus Quequen Mail Sabina Holtzman Carson Ruff
1.15 m Jumper Magnus Quequen Mail Sabina Holtzman Carson Ruff
1.20 m Jumper Don Juan C. J. Towers Judy Garofalo Torres
1.30 m Jumper Dundee Dundee Group Richard McGrath
Children’s Jumper Low Chacca Blue Prosapia Inc. Betta Whitbeck
Adult Amateur Jumper Low En-Esben Virginia Doebler Virginia Doebler
Children’s Jumpers High Lady Plane Carlie Fairty Failenn Aselta
Adult Amateur Jumper High Chivu Deborah Perkins Deborah Perkins
Junior/Amateur-­Owner Jumper Low Quickley 3 Clear Ridge LLC Ava Ellis
Junior/Amateur-­Owner Jumper Medium Corina Dagny MacTaggart Dagny MacTaggart
Junior/Amateur-­Owner Jumper High Argentino De Fee Kindle Hill Affiliates Saly Glassman
TAKE2 Thoroughbred Jumper After Joe Charity Donnan Aaron Donnan

Cassio, pictured with, from left to right, owner and rider Penelope Ayers, rider Megan Young, and groom Jenna Elliott, was named circuit champion in both the 3’6” Green Hunter and Adult Amateur Hunter 50 & Over divisions at the 2017 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
The 2017 Vermont Summer Festival enjoyed a wildly successful season with sold-out stabling during several weeks and top competition in every ring. A dynamic schedule of hunter, jumper, and equitation offerings were highlighted by the ever-popular ‘Equitation Tuesday’ classes, giving equitation riders pivotal opportunities to qualify for year-end equitation finals.

In addition, the weekly $5,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay, attracted 40 entries during World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) week and 48 entries during the fifth week of competition. In addition, the $30,000 Manchester Summer Festival Grand Prix, presented by The Equinox Resort, saw a starting field of 28 entries contest the weekly feature during the second week of competition.

“Inside the show ring, we were very pleased to welcome returning exhibitors and new faces for top competition, while, outside the ring, the support from the local community and spectators was unwavering,” said Ruth Lacey, Marketing Director for the Vermont Summer Festival. “It was very rewarding to see such large crowds turn out for our grand prix and hunter derby events, and we look forward to making the 2018 season even better.”

In 2018, the Vermont Summer Festival will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Year in the Manchester region of southern Vermont. During the six-week circuit, exhibitors and their families will be welcomed for great competition in an ideal summer setting from July 3 through August 12, 2018. Offering more than $750,000 in prize money over the course of its six-week run, the Vermont Summer Festival is New England’s largest hunter/jumper competition as well as the state’s richest sporting event based on purse. When not on-site competing, exhibitors are immersed in the charm of Vermont’s shopping, dining, and outdoor activities.

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