Best Case Scenario is All Blue at the Vermont Summer Festival

Sunday, August 1, 2010
Posted by Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications


East Dorset, VT – Vivian Yowan and Best Case Scenario were unbeatable in the Large Pony Hunter division during the fourth of six weeks of competition at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT.

Yowan, 13, from Darien, CT, entered four classes and won every single one. The pair came away with a blue ribbon in all three of the classes in the Large Pony Hunter division as well as a blue ribbon in the Pony Medal class.
During her stay in Vermont, Yowan has been named Best Child Rider on a Pony, was Reserve Champion Medium Pony Hunter with Rockette, Reserve Champion Large Pony Hunter with Best Case Scenario, and has won the Pony Medal twice as well as the WIHS Pony Equitation.

“We just got him and we kind of skipped the Green year, we showed in a couple of Green classes, but he didn’t need them,” said Yowan about the six-year-old Best Case Scenario, better known as ‘Casey’ around the barn. “I ride at Fairfield Hunt Club with Jenny Martin-Rudaz, and I just love it. During the school year I go right from school to the barn most days, then do my homework and that’s it.”

“She even does homework in the car on the way to and from the barn,” added Yowan’s mother, Cynthia. “We have been coming here since she was six, and we have a house here. I drop her off at the show at 6:15 and I take the dogs walking in the mountains. We just love it here at this show.”

Yowan added, “I’ve been riding since I was three. It’s a lot of work but I love it. I have a medium pony that I am going to Pony Finals with and that is great. Knock on Wood, my small pony, was Circuit Champion here last year.”

Alissa Kinsey and her mare Grisset returned to the ring in Vermont and continued her winning ways of 2009, taking the top honors in the Marshall & Sterling Amateur Adult Jumper Classic. In 2009, the pair had a perfect record of six victories in six weeks to clinch the Circuit Championship title in the High Adult Amateur Jumper division. Over six weeks of competition in Vermont, Kinsey and Grisset never even had a rail down in the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Jumper Classics.

Tiona and Ramsay Hanson were victorious in the Marshall & Sterling Children’s Jumper Classic. Tiona is a new ride for Hanson, and the 10-year-old bay mare, owned by Danielle Stacy, gave her rider her best as they completed the track in top form.


There has been a schedule change for Sunday, August 1. The $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 1, followed by the NAL Junior/Amateur Owner Low Classic and the Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic. The Leadline class will be contested at 12:45 p.m. immediately followed by the Low Children’s Adult Jumper Classic.

The fourth of six weeks of competition comprising the Vermont Summer Festival is highlighted by the $30,000 Mount Equinox Grand Prix, beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, August 1. Located at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children Wednesday through Saturday. On Grand Prix Sunday, admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children. All gate proceeds benefit Manchester Elementary-Middle School (MEMS).

Running July 7 through August 15, 2010, the Vermont Summer Festival offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state. The six-week Vermont Summer Festival culminates with the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix on Sunday, August 15. The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member event of the Show Jumping Hall Of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). For more information about the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail: or visit

Photo:  Vivian Yowan and Best Case Scenario were unbeatable in the Large Pony Hunter division on Saturday, July 31, at the Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT. Photo credit - David Mullinix Photography