Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow – July-August
This article is a special contribution from Ariana Monti, Vermont rider & horse sports fan. Photography credit to David Mullinix.
Horseback riders have plenty of summertime activities in Vermont, including the returning Vermont Summer Festival Horseshow which kicks off another six-week run of top horse jumping competition at the Harold Beebe Farm off Rte 7 in East Dorset, VT this weekend. I spent a “Grand Prix Sunday” at the show a few summers ago, and had an amazing time watching horse and human competitors square off against one another for the top prizes.
Spectators are warmly welcomed at New England’s largest “AA” rated hunter/jumper horse show, so whether you’re a horse-show veteran or a first-time visitor, this show is a great weekend option. The first five Sundays feature a $30,000 Grand Prix and it all concludes on Sunday, August 17, with the $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix. On Sundays, entrance fees are $7 Adults/$5 Children and Wed-Sat are $5/$3 (proceeds donated to local schools). Long-time fans of horse jumping competition may enjoy the quieter weekday competition schedule.
Personally, I also love the horse-related shopping on-site, with tack stores setting up temporary locations including Bevals, Oak Manor Saddlery, and Hadfield’s Saddlery; as well as saddle companies like Devoucoux, CWD, and County Saddlery. And, all that spectating and shopping might make you want a drink or bite to eat… all available from New England vendor David’s World Famous Catering. Of course, the Manchester Designer Outlets are also just down the road if you want to do some non-equine shopping or for more food options! I hope you’ll get a chance to enjoy it all!
Schedule for the Vermont Summer Festival Horsehow.