Vermont Summer Festival Welcomes New Sponsors: Ariat® and Land Rover Experience Driving School

East Dorset, Vermont - The Vermont Summer Festival is supported by world class sponsors for each year of competition, and 2014 will be no different.  Ariat® and Land Rover Experience Driving School join an impressive list of presenting sponsors in 2014, allowing the Vermont Summer Festival to continue to offer the best hunter, jumper, and equitation competition of the summer.

Held from July 1 through August 10 in East Dorset Vermont, riders flock to the Vermont Summer Festival for six weeks of world class hunter, jumper, and equitation competition at Harold Beebe Farm.  Thanks to the support of all of the Vermont Summer Festival’s generous sponsors, the show offers more than $750,000 in prize money throughout the six-week circuit, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.

The $15,000 Vermont Celebration Children’s/Adult Hunter Jumper Classic will be newly sponsored by Ariat®, while the $15,000 3’3 NEHJA Hunter Derby will now be presented by the Land Rover Experience Driving School.

Ariat®, America’s number one English and Western performance footwear brand, also offers complete lines of performance and lifestyle clothing for riders and prides itself on its commitment to technology and innovation in all of its products.  The company is looking forward to supporting the Vermont Summer Festival in its new capacity as sponsor.

“Ariat International is thrilled to help sponsor the Vermont Summer Festival this year,” said Ariat® Regional Sales Manager Ricky Werner.  “This is one of the premier horse events of the summer and we are proud to be associated with an event of this caliber.”

The $15,000 Vermont Celebration Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic serves as the championship class for the series, making it a goal for every eligible jumper rider at the show.  Entry to the class is earned by a horse-rider combination having a clear round in any of the 22 prior Children’s/Adult Jumper Classics scheduled in the weeks leading up to the final day of competition.  The horse-rider combination with the highest number of clear rounds also get the advantage of going last in the order of go, with the combination with the lowest number of clear rounds leading off the class.

The Land Rover Driving Experience School, located at the Equinox Resort in Manchester Village, Vermont, offers customized adventure activities and off-road instruction for those wishing to have a true outdoors experience during their visit.  The Land Rover has long been a favorite of horse enthusiasts around the world, and the company is excited to support the hunter derby finale at the Vermont Summer Festival.

“Land Rover Experience Driving School is pleased to be partnering with the Vermont Summer Festival,” said David Nunn, Location Manager, Land Rover Experience.  “We are excited to welcome equestrians from around the world to the beautiful Green Mountain State of Vermont and hope for a successful six weeks!”

The country’s best hunter riders and horses go head-to-head for the chance to win the largest cash prize offered in hunter competition at the Vermont Summer Festival, with $15,000 up for grabs in the hunter derby finale.  The $15,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derby is the culmination of the weekly $5,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derby series at the Vermont Summer Festival, which has proven to be immensely popular throughout its three-year run at the show.

In addition to the support of Ariat® and Land Rover Experience Driving School, the Vermont Summer Festival also enjoys the backing of several other world-class sponsors for the grand prix competitions, which attract top international riders for the highest level of show jumping each Saturday of the show.

The Inns at Equinox has welcomed competitors for over 10 years, inviting them to enjoy the resort’s bucolic setting nestled between the Green and Taconic Mountains.  Sprawling across more than 1,300 acres, the resort boasts three restaurants on-site as well as an extensive offering of outdoor activities including falconry, fly fishing, and golf.

Joining Equinox as a returning sponsor is Johnson Horse Transportation, the official equine carrier of the Vermont Summer Festival as well as countless other top equestrian competitions throughout the country.  Johnson brings over 20 years of experience to its customers and prides itself on offering top-notch service, state of the art equipment, and knowledgeable, experienced, drivers.

Hand Motors, a franchised Chevrolet and Volkswagen dealer in Manchester Center, Vermont, will also be returning as a presenting sponsor in the grand prix ring for 2014.  This family-run business has been offering exceptional service and great value to the Manchester area for more than 40 years.

Purine Horse Feeds will also be sponsoring a grand prix event during the Vermont Summer Festival, bringing its top-notch equine nutrition specialists directly to competitors.  Their wide variety of feeds and supplements provide complete nutritional requirements for all equine athletes, making it the choice of the best riders in the country.

For over 20 years, the Vermont Summer Festival has attracted exhibitors and their families to the Manchester region in southern Vermont.  Known for its wide variety of area amenities including restaurants, outdoor activities, and lots and lots of shopping, Manchester-area businesses warmly welcome horse show competitors to the area each summer.

The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival will feature a $30,000 Grand Prix.  The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 9.  The hugely popular $5,000 3’3” Hunter Derby will also be held each Thursday for the first five weeks, with week six featuring the $15,000 Hunter Derby.

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).  Please e-mail us or visit our website for more information about the Vermont Summer Festival.

Photograph by David Mullnix Photography