Vermont Summer Festival Congratulates 2018 Circuit Champions

August 14, 2018 - East Dorset, VT

Jennifer Kocher of Chester, NY, and Miss Moneypenney were named circuit champions of the High Junior/Amateur-Owner Division at the completion of the 25th annual Vermont Summer Festival.
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Carson Ruff of Maple Park, MO, pictured aboard her small junior hunter and equitation mount RE Chiste, collected five circuit championship titles throughout the 25th annual Vermont Summer Festival, which ran for six consecutive weeks in East Dorset, VT.
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Stateside, piloted by Morgan Ward of Milford, NJ, earned a circuit champion tri-color in the High Performance Hunter division during the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.
Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

The Vermont Summer Festival concluded its 25th anniversary season by naming the 2018 circuit champions following six weeks of competition held from July 3 through August 12 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.

A total of 56 champions were crowned in hunter, jumper, and equitation divisions offered throughout the circuit. The 2018 Vermont Summer Festival Circuit Champions are as follows:

Novice Adult Hunter Revealed Skidmore College Ellen DiDonato
Restricted Children's Hunter Top Gun First Blue LLC Haley Edwardson
Pre-Green Pony Hug It Out Micaela Kennedy Carson Ruff
Schooling Hunter Paisley Park Jennifer Muir Kaitlyn Kurtz
High Performance Hunter Stateside Morlynn Farm Morgan Ward
3'3" Performance Working Hunter


AKM Concept
Martha Gangemi
MAD Season LLC

Amanda Steege
Deirdre Catani
Lainie Wimberly

3'6" Performance Working Hunter Trendsetter Northwind Farm Catherine Mooney
Baby Green Hunter Okidoki van t Gelutt Sabina Holtzman Holly Shepherd
Low Hunter Bravado Gigi Coley Morgan Ward
3' Green Hunter Ravello Micaela Kennedy Carson Ruff
3'3" Green Hunter That Girl Claire Jungman Brenna Doherty
3'6" Green Hunter Zara Francis Moppett Todd Karn
3'9" Green Hunter Cesar de Lison Z Belle Rolfe Holly Shepherd
TAKE2 Thoroughbred Hunter Southern Charm Courtney Safadi Laini Wimberly
Small Junior Hunter Re Chiste Sabina Holtzman Carson Ruff
Large Junior Hunter Pagani Micaela Kennedy Carson Ruff
3'3" Junior Hunter King Of Hearts Lila Ouellette Lila Ouellette
Modified Children's Hunter Apple Jack Catherine Souza Catherine Souza
Modified Adult Hunter Willow Bay Elizabeth Simons Elizabeth Simons
Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 Silvio Song Sara O'Connell Sara O'Connell
Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 Crosby Skidmore College Robin Anderson
Adult Amateur Hunter 50 & Over Focus Wendy Wood Wendy Wood
Short Stirrup Hunter Top Me Micaela Kennedy Dalton Pace
Long Stirrup Hunter

Mickey Mouse


Hunter Farms

Wright Start Outsourcing

Maggie Westergaard

Jennifer Freitag

3'3" Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 Summerlin RAF LLC Ashley Foster
3'3" Amateur-Owner Hunter 36+ Sochi Adele Einhorn Adele Einhorn
Amateur-Owner 18-35 Ciao Bella Sarah Beaudry Campeau Sarah Beaudry Campeau
Amateur-Owner 36 & Over MTM Making Waves Mary Antonini Mary Antonini
Green Pony Arnaby Casanova Diane Jackson Blake Rowan
Small Pony Hunter Fairy Tales Fairy Tales LLC Emilia Richard
Medium Pony Hunter Capiche Holly Boutcher Lola Schumpert
Large Pony Hunter Clovermeade Charmed Ellie Ferrigno Emily Clee
Children's Hunter 14 & Under Legato Alexis Ortenzio Sarah Ortenzio
Children's Hunter 15-17 Headlines Catherine Black Felicia Harrsch
Children's Hunter Pony Small/Medium Captain Jack Sparrow Francesca Stufano Katie Field
Children's Hunter Pony Large Bye For Now Sarika Somaiya Sarika Somaiya
Pre-Adult 2'6" Vicarious R & R Hunter Horses Patricia Allison
Pre-Adult 2' Willow Bay Elizabeth Simons Elizabeth Simons
Maiden Equitation Palm Beach Katie Kurtz Sarah Grella
Novice Equitation Always Formal Michael Fletcher Caroline Carpenter
Limit Equitation Campfire Twin Bays Stable Ping Ryan
Short Stirrup Equitation Rosewalk Pixie Hannah Ellinwood Hannah Ellinwood
.90m Jumper Cesar Keri Smith Francoise Brosseau
1.00m Jumper Spy D 28 Lori Ann Archambault Lori Ann Archambault
1.10m Jumper Invictus Alamar Equine Paige Pongrazzi
1.15m Jumper Arian P Olivia Minicucci Olivia Minicucci
1.20m Jumper

Gwen MC1
J'ai Eu Ce

Kevin McCarthy
Sally Hinkle Russell

Kevin McCarthy
Sally Hinkle Russell

1.30m Jumper J'Adore Renee Snyder LucyRachel Donohue
Children's Jumper Low Karma 3E Stephanie Taylor Olivia Reiskin
Adult Amateur Jumper Low Quiloa EKL Equestrian Emily Leins
Children's Jumpers High Gentle Red Kathryn Callaghan Olympia Davison
Adult Amateur Jumper High Chelsea Adelheid Stephanie Latulippe Stephanie Latulippe
Junior/Amateur-­Owner Jumper Low Magnus Quequen Mail Sabina Holtzman Carson Ruff
Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumer Medium Jasper 3 Halo Capital Donovan Ross
Junior/Amateur-­Owner Jumper High Miss Moneypenny Andrew Kocher Jennifer Kocher
TAKE2 Thoroughbred Jumper Vala De Plata Shadow Rock Farm Maggie Gillis

The 2018 Vermont Summer Festival enjoyed a successful season with a dynamic schedule of hunter, jumper, and equitation offerings, sizable entries, and rave reviews of the newly installed Kruse Cushion Ride (KCR) footing in all competition, schooling, and lunging rings.

“We promised that the footing was going to be better than it ever has been and we delivered,” said Vermont Summer Festival Manager John Ammerman, who spearheaded the upgrades that began late last year. “The staff at the Vermont Summer Festival work tirelessly to ensure that the horses and riders who attend the show have a safe and successful competition season, and they did a remarkable job this summer. We were very proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary and to have it marked by such a successful circuit.”

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 with 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). Outside the show ring, exhibitors are immersed in the charm of Vermont's shopping, dining, and outdoor activities.

For more information on the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.