East Dorset, Vermont – Cory Hardy of Littletown, MA, got the fourth week of competition underway at the Vermont Summer Festival with a win in the $5,000 1.40 Open Jumper, aboard Camelot 105, owned by Commonwealth Ventures, LLC. The Vermont Summer Festival runs for six consecutive weeks, from June 30 through August 9, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Four riders advanced to the jump-off over courses set by Steve Stephens (USA), and three finished the test double-clear. Stella Manship of Milford, NJ, and Escalette, owned by Elan Farm turned in a clear performance from the first spot in the original order. She was later joined by Danielle Torano of Wellington, FL, aboard her own La Scala, Ian Silitch of Ocala, FL, with Vanita for Gaston Family Investments, LLC, and Hardy on Camelot. Hardy and Camelot 105, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Casall x Legende VII), crossed the timers clear in 34.15 seconds for the win.
Torano and La Scala finished clear and just under two seconds slower in 35.91 for second-place. Manship and Escalette ended double-clear in 37.71 seconds for third, while Silitch and Vanita picked up four jumping and two time faults in 41.16 seconds for fourth. Rounding out the top five from the first round, Katherine Newman of Wellington, FL, posted the fastest four-fault trip in 65.26 seconds in the irons of Miss Understood II for owner Laura Kraut. Hardy and two of his clients imported Camelot from Germany two years ago and started him in 1.40m classes.
“He's a really careful horse and we have been working a lot on developing scope and confidence,” said Hardy, who has had the expert help of George H. Morris in campaigning Camelot. “I brought Camelot to a clinic with George and he really liked the horse,” said Hardy. “Just before we went to Florida last year, I got a call from him and he said he would be thrilled to work with us. I had the good fortune to have him help me throughout the Florida season and his knowledge of careful horses has been really insightful.”
Hardy has been showing at the Vermont Summer Festival since he was a child, and was thrilled to be back. “The biggest highlight this year is the improvement of the footing. It was far and away a significant change for the better and today was a really inviting way to start the week,” he concluded. Camelot will also jump the $10,000 Vineyard Vines Welcome Stake, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, coming up on Thursday with Hardy in the tack.
$5,000 1.40m Open Jumper Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Rider Hometown Horse Faults Time
1. Cory Hardy Littleton, MA Camelot 105 0:0 34.15
2. Danielle Torano Wellington, FL La Scala 0:0 35.91
3. Stella Manship Milford, NJ Escalette 0:0 37.71
4. Ian Silitch Ocala, FL Vanita 0:6 41.16
5. Katherine Newman Wellington, FL Miss Understood II 4 65.26
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