Manchester Designer Outlets Present $10,000 Open Welcome Stake Series at Vermont Summer Festival

June 12, 2019 - East Dorset, VT

Matthew Metell and Donchalant won the $10,000 Manchester Designer Outlets Welcome Stake and received their prizes from Lana Hauben, President of Manchester Designer Outlets, during the 2018 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography
Manchester Designer Outlets, located in the heart of Manchester, VT, will again sponsor the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake Series throughout the 2019 Vermont Summer Festival season.
Photo courtesy of Manchester Designer Outlets

The popular shopping destination Manchester Designer Outlets (MDO), located in the heart of Manchester, VT, will return as a committed sponsor of the 2019 Vermont Summer Festival. MDO will present the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake Series throughout the six-week Vermont Summer Festival, which runs from July 2 through August 11 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

This will be the 14th consecutive year that MDO has played a pivotal role in the Vermont Summer Festival as a valued supporter and sponsor. The Manchester, VT, area is rich with recreational and entertainment opportunities, giving Vermont Summer Festival patrons ample options for after-hours fun. MDO, located minutes from the Vermont Summer Festival showgrounds, contributes significantly with its own village of outlet stores that include designer label fashions for both men and women, household goods, and more.

MDO brands include Ann Taylor, Armani Outlet, Brooks Brothers, The b Store, Clarks Bostonian, Depot Café, Depot Street Burgers, Depot 62, Eddie Bauer, Eileen Fisher, FAT FACE, G.H. Bass & Co., J. Crew Factory, Johnston & Murphy, Kate Spade New York, Le Creuset, Loft, Marimekko, Michael Kors, New Balance, Polo Ralph Lauren, Talbots, Theory, Tumi, Vineyard Vines, and Yves Delorme.

MDO retail brands are featured as title sponsors of the weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake classes, held each Thursday of the Vermont Summer Festival.

The $10,000 Open Welcome Stake schedule is as follows:
$10,000 Open Welcome Stake, presented by G.H. Bass & Co – July 4
$10,000 Open Welcome Stake, presented by Vineyard Vines – July 11
$10,000 Open Welcome Stake, presented by Armani Outlet – July 18
$10,000 Open Welcome Stake, presented by Polo Ralph Lauren– July 25
$10,000 Open Welcome Stake, presented by Theory – August 1
$10,000 Open Welcome Stake, presented by New Balance – August 8

In addition to their share of the $10,000 purse, the winning competitor in each Open Welcome Stake will be presented with a $1,000 gift card from that week's sponsoring brand.

“I am delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Vermont Summer Festival, a wonderful addition to the Manchester experience,” said Lana Hauben, President of MDO. “People love to drive by the Festival grounds and see picturesque views of the thrilling riders and their beautiful horses, which often leads them to stop their cars and drive in to see more. Manchester Designer Outlets and our entire community welcome the Vermont Summer Festival back again for another summer in the beautiful Green Mountains.”

In addition to the latest fashion trends with savings of up to 70 percent, MDO also offers unbeatable deals on luxury home furnishings, gifts, and stylish accessories. The combination of culture and style, while showcasing the best of Manchester, makes for an enjoyable and relaxing shopping experience. For more information on Manchester Designer Outlets, visit

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. A recent study conducted by the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont cited that the total direct spending of visitors frequenting Vermont for equine-related activities was estimated at nearly $15.5 million annually.

Now in its 26th year, the Vermont Summer Festival gives competitors an opportunity to enjoy the wide variety of entertainment, recreation, shopping, and dining options offered in Manchester and the surrounding area.

The Vermont Summer Festival is 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