East Dorset, VT- As the third week of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival came to a close on Sunday, jumper riders are halfway to the crowning of the $10,000 Sir Ruly, Inc., Open Jumper Award winners. With four qualifying wins and a long list of in-the-money finishes, Amanda Flint of Long Valley, NJ, has a firm hold on the top spot with 147 points.
The Sir Ruly, Inc., Open Jumper Awards reward riders who consistently place at the top of the three open jumper classes held each week of the Vermont Summer Festival: the $5,000 1.40m Open Jumper, the $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, and the Saturday Grand Prix events ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 in prize money. Riders accumulate points by placing in any of the three classes, with the $10,000 in bonus money awarded to the top three finishers at the end of the six-week circuit.
The winner receives a $5,000 bonus, while $3,000 is awarded to the rider with the second-highest points and $2,000 to third place. For the past nine years, the Sir Ruly, Inc., Open Jumper Awards have rewarded the top show jumping competitors at the Vermont Summer Festival. Initiated by Raul "Ruly" Torano, uncle of U.S. rider and Vermont Summer Festival competitor Jimmy Torano, the awards now serve as a legacy of his incredible generosity and support of the annual Vermont Summer Festival and the Manchester community at large.
“When he passed away six years ago, I discussed the awards with my aunt and we decided that because he loved this horse show so much, it was something we wanted to continue in his honor,” said Torano who owns and operates JET Show Stables with his wife and amateur rider Danielle. Torano, who hails from Wellington, FL, holds the second-place spot in the Sir Ruly, Inc. Standings with 107 points. “We have been coming to Vermont for over 20 years and we enjoy everything about it – the weather, the atmosphere, the local area. For us, it's a good place to step up our young jumpers into bigger classes, but also offers competition for the experienced horses,” added Torano.
Rounding out the top three in the currents standings is Cassandra Orpen of Weston, CT, with 97 points. With three more weeks of Open Jumper competition already underway, the Sir Ruly, Inc. Awards will be presented after the highly-anticipated $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix on August 8.
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$10,000 Sir Ruly, Inc., Open Jumper Standings as of Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Rider Hometown Points
1. Amanda Flint Long Valley, NJ 147
2. Jimmy Torano Wellington, FL 107
3. Cassandra Orpen Weston, CT 97