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20-20 Hindsight

Vermont’s largest equine competition bows out for first time in nearly 3 decades

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Nearly three decades ago, New England’s largest hunter/jumper competition began as a tiny horse show in the parking lot of a ski resort in Killington. After a few venue changes, the Vermont Summer Festival horse show settled in at Harold Beebe Farm, where it has since evolved into a six-week circuit and the richest sport event based on purse in the state of Vermont, offering more than $750,000 in prize money. 

Competitions, spanning all levels, range from cross-rails to weekly grand prix events. The family-friendly festival attracts competitors and spectators from across the country. Festival organizers said this summer’s cancellation is the first in its history and they look forward to the 2021 season.

Vermont Summer Festival
East Dorset

Jack Lyons is a senior at the University of Notre Dame and a native of South Burlington, Vt.

Christopher Parker is a summer intern with the Berkshire Eagle. He originally hails from New York City and currently attends the University of Notre Dame.

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