By Jennifer Ward for Starting Gate Communications
East Dorset, Vermont- July 5, 2014 — Superbad failed to live up to his name, carrying Amanda Flint to victory in the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, presented by Johnson Horse Transportation, on July 5 at the Vermont Summer Festival. The six-week equestrian competition runs through August 10 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT.
Flint of Long Meadow, NJ, was riding a winning streak into Saturday’s main event, having placed first and second in Thursday’s $10,000 Open Welcome, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, with Newlight VDL and Chester VDL respectively. However, it was yet another mount, Superbad, that stole the spotlight to win the first grand prix event of the 2014 Vermont Summer Festival.
Amanda Flint and Superbad won the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, presented by Johnson Horse Transportation, on Saturday, July 5, at the 2014 Vermont Summer Festival in East Dorset, VT Photo credit – David Mullinix Photography.
A total of eight entries found their way to a clear round over the track set by Irish course designer Alan Wade to advance to the all-deciding jump-off. Jackie McQuade took the early lead with a clear round aboard her big grey gelding, Copilot, to set the time to beat at 41.08 seconds. It held up until Catherine Tyree shaved almost two seconds off, stopping the timers in 38.90 seconds with Sandor de la Pomme, a 12-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding owned by Mary and Joseph Tyree.
Tyree’s lead would be short-lived, however, as the last pair to challenge, Amanda Flint and Superbad, set off to tackle the shortened jump-off track with lightning fast foot speed. They galloped between fences and tightened up the turns, and when they flew through the timers in 36.01 seconds, the crowd roared in appreciation of their impressive winning effort.
“I just let him go!” said Flint of her key to victory with the 10-year-old German Sport Horse. “We’ve knocked on the doors a few times, been second and third a couple of times, but he’s never actually pulled through to win anything. This is the only class he did this week, so maybe he’s just fresh. He’s got a huge stride, and it was easy for him.”
Flint continued, “We’ve had him since he was six and when he was seven, he was actually second here in a grand prix.”
A regular competitor at the Vermont Summer Festival, Flint has been coming to the Vermont Summer Festival for 13 years. For her win, Flint was awarded $9,000 in prize money for first place, as well as a custom Vermont Summer Festival presentation scrim from Mona’s Monograms. Flint also qualified for the jump-off with Chester VDL, incurring eight faults in the tie-breaker to place sixth.
The Vermont Summer Festival offers a full schedule of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition. The $10,000 Open Welcome Stake Series, presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, is held each Thursday while the week’s feature event, the $30,000 Grand Prix, takes place each Saturday at 1 p.m. The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix will be held during the sixth and final week on Saturday, August 9.
Spotlighting the hunter competitors, the popular $5,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derby series is held each Thursday, culminating in the $15,000 3’3” NEHJA Hunter Derby, presented by Land Rover Experience.
Competition runs weekly from Wednesday through Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $3 for children from Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children. 100% of the gate proceeds benefit area libraries, including Manchester Community Library.
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.