Vermont Summer Festival Congratulates 2013 Circuit Champions

Thursday, August 15, 2013
Posted by Jennifer Ward, Starting Gate Communications



In addition to winning the ,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby, McKayla Langmeier and Czar-Z, owned by Linda Langmeier, were crowned the Small Junior Hunter Circuit Champions at the 2013 Vermont Summer Festival. Photo by David Mullinix Photography
In addition to winning the ,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby, McKayla Langmeier and Czar-Z, owned by Linda Langmeier, were crowned the Small Junior Hunter Circuit Champions at the 2013 Vermont Summer Festival. Photo by David Mullinix Photography
East Dorset, Vermont — More than 50 deserving athletes were awarded Circuit Championship titles at the close of this year’s Vermont Summer Festival, which ran July 2 through August 11 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.  Offering more than $750,000 in prize money, the six-week equestrian competition is the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.

The 2013 Vermont Summer Festival Circuit Champions are as follows:

Division   Horse   Owner/Rider

Novice Adult Hunter  Theodore  Lauren Cortellessa / Toni Cortellessa

Restricted Children’s Hunter  Remington  Emily Crabtree / Emily Crabtree

Pre-Green Pony  Reflection  Alexandra Sharp / Alexandra Sharp

Green Working Hunter  Comex Gold  Jennifer Combs / Caitlin Venezia

Green Conformation Hunter  Concept  Krista & Alexa Weisman / Scott Stewart

Regular Conformation Hunter  Humor Me  Stephanie Danhakl / Scott Stewart

Schooling Hunter  Don’t Think Twice  Harris Hill Farm / Jennifer Bliss

High Performance Hunter  Zidane  Susan Darragh / Amanda Steege

3’3” Performance Working Hunter  Per Se  Iron Horse Farm / Samantha Schaefer

3’6” Performance Working Hunter (tie)  Balou  Lisa Arena / Amanda Steege
    On The Town  Lysa Burke Horkan / Elizabeth Solter

Baby Green Hunter  Blue Ivy  Findlay’s Ridge Partners / Keri Kampsen

Low Hunter  Z Willikers  Randi Garibaldi / Holliday Ryals

3’ Pre-Green Hunter  Frontier  Terrapin Hill Farm, LLC / Molly Braswell

3’3” Pre-Green Hunter  Charming  Dorli Burke / Elizabeth Solter

Small Junior Hunter  Czar-Z  Linda Langmeier / McKayla Langmeier

Large Junior Hunter  INXS  Robin Swinderman / Thea Chafee

Modified Children’s Hunter  Madewell  Lili Halterman / Lili Halterman

Modified Adult Hunter  Carthano Z  Jennifer Combs / Jennifer Combs

Adult Amateur Hunter 18 - 35  Delphine  Alyson Gurney / Kimberly Saul

Adult Amateur Hunter 36 - 49  Hundred Acre  Barbara Spizziro / Barbara Spizziro

Adult Amateur Hunter 50 & over  Ultra Violet  Suzanne Smith / Suzanne Smith

Short Stirrup Hunter  First Romance  Madeline Schaeffer / Rose Campbell

Long Stirrup Hunter  SS Skips Charlie  Mary-Dana Bentley / Mary-Dana Bentley

3’3” Amateur-Owner Hunter 18 - 35  Preston  Jennifer Combs / Meredith Combs

3’3” Amateur-Owner Hunter 36+  So Much Fun  Dorli Burke / Dorli Burke

Amateur-Owner 18 - 35  Vicarious  R&R Hunter Horses / Meghan Rohrbaugh

Amateur-Owner 36 & over  Bengale  Gerald Camera / Gerald Camera

Green Pony  Copperfield  Catherine Black / Catherine Black

Small Pony Hunter  Rolling Stone  Further Lane Farm / Madeline Schaefer

Medium Pony Hunter  Cleverist  Daisy Farish / Isabel Ryan

Large Pony Hunter  Won Up  KAR LLC / Kate Ross

Children’s Hunter 14 & under  Madewell  Lili Halterman / Lili Halterman

Children’s Hunter 15 - 17  Yours Truly  Claire King / Claire King

Children’s Hunter Pony Sm/Med   Carebear  Sagamore Farms / Helen Sweeny

Children’s Hunter Pony Large  Emilio  Via Bella / Olivia Selmonosky

Adult Equitation  Fair Wind  Kim Miller / Kim Miller

Maiden Equitation  National Treasure  Alison Heimer / Alison Heimer

Novice Equitation  Stella Luna  Kyley Dufek / Alexandria Willard

Limit Equitation (tie)  Hanna  Matt Couzens / Mellissa Dander
    Friar Tuck  Gretchen Anderson / Sophia Cook

Short Stirrup Equitation  Farnley Romeo  Emerald Isle Jumpers / Avary Kelley

0.90 m Jumper  Clever Z  Shane Powell / Shane Powell

1.00 m Jumper  Follow My Heart  Julianne Marklin / Julianne Marklin

1.10 m Jumper (tie)  Undercover  Honorway Farm, LLC / Leann Kelly
    Bellatrix  Kathryn Callaghan / Kathryn Callaghan

1.15 m Jumper  Above the Stars  Dudley Macfarlane / Caley Thomas

1.20 m Jumper  Foolish Pleasure  Jacquelyn Ventorino / Penny Brennan

1.30 m Jumper  Pay It Forward  Wright Start Outsourcing / Penny Brennan

Children’s Jumper Low  Saimora  Tolleshunt Horse Farm / Jade Webby

Adult Amateur Jumper Low  Sundown  Nicole Wright / Cassidy Niblo

Children’s Jumpers High  Denmark  Missy Clark / Ava Stearns

Adult Amateur Jumper High  Winter White  Elizabeth Kirby / Elizabeth Kirby

Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Low  Sugar Ray  John Skinner / Samantha Schaefer

Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper High  Bon Vivant  Helena LePicart / Helena LePicart

Celebrating a historic 20 years of hosting top hunter/jumper competition in the Manchester region, the Vermont Summer Festival prides itself on offering exciting competition combined with a relaxed atmosphere.  This year the Vermont Summer Festival introduced ‘Equitation Tuesdays’, a chance for equitation riders to earn valuable points towards earning a berth at some of the nation’s most prestigious equitation finals, including the ASPCA Maclay Medal, United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Show Jumping Talent Search, THIS (Taylor Harris Insurance Services) Children’s Medal, and the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal.

“We enjoyed another great year, with ‘Equitation Tuesdays’ proving to be a real success, offering our exhibitors the opportunity to earn additional points towards year-end finals during the Vermont Summer Festival,” said Ruth Lacey, Marketing Director for the Vermont Summer Festival.  “Overall, we attracted more competitors with a great combination of familiar faces as well as new customers from the U.S. and Canada.  Thank you to everyone who helps our horse show be successful.”

The 2014 Vermont Summer Festival will return to Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset from July 1 through August 10, 2014.

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