Hunter-jumper festival returns to area
DORSET- The Vermont Summer Festival will return to Harold Beebe Farm for six weeks of diverse offerings for hunter, jumper, and equitation competitors from Tuesday, July 2, through Sunday, August 11.
After celebrating its 25th anniversary last season, the Vermont Summer Festival is preparing for an even bigger and more popular 2019 edition. The Vermont Summer Festival offers an all-inclusive competition schedule with international-caliber course designers from all corners of the world, as well as endless opportunities for post-show entertainment.
Weekly offerings once again include the $10,000 Open Welcome, held each Thursday, and the $30,000 Grand Prix, held the first five Saturdays of the six-week circuit, before the season culminates with the $50,000 Grand Prix on Saturday, August 10, during the final weekend. Additionally, jumper riders can celebrate the return of a $10,000 Open Jumper Rider bonus, presented by World Equestrian Center, to be divided among the top-scoring open jumper competitors during the six-week circuit.
Equitation Tuesdays give junior riders opportunities to punch their tickets for year-end equitation finals. Hunters will be showcased in the $5,000 Hunter Derbies each Thursday, highlighted by a $15,000 finale on Thursday, August 8. Once again, the Vermont Summer Festival hosts World Championship Hunter Rider week during the third week.
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. For more information visit www.vt-summerfestival.com.