The six-week Vermont Summer Festival will return from July 4 through August 13, 2017, marking the event’s 24th consecutive season of competitive and spectator-friendly hunter, jumper, and equitation competition at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
The Vermont Summer Festival unveiled significant property renovations in 2015, highlighted by new footing in all competition and schooling rings. The improvements were well-received with several weeks selling out in 2016 and even bigger numbers expected this summer. 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.
With a legacy of offering top competition from the pony ranks to the grand prix level, the Vermont Summer Festival has developed a reputation as an exhibitor-favorite for riders from the eastern and midwestern states of the U.S., as well as Canada.
“From weekly exhibitor parties to taking pride in the appearance of our grounds, we do our best to be a show that exhibitors look forward to returning to each year,” said Ruth Lacey, Marketing Director of the Vermont Summer Festival. “As a result, our weeks sell out and the events are very competitive. We really enjoy hosting riders, their horses, and even their families, and we also encourage our visitors to experience what southern Vermont has to offer by way of shopping, dining, and outdoor activities.”
Highlighting the 2017 schedule, the Vermont Summer Festival will again offer the popular Equitation Tuesdays, giving junior riders one-stop opportunities to qualify for year-end equitation finals. In addition, competition running Wednesday through Sunday offers varying levels of opportunities for hunter and jumper riders highlighted by weekly hunter derbies, as well as a 1.45m Welcome Stake and Saturday Grand Prix built by world-renowned course designers.
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 www.vt-summerfestival.com.