Peter Wylde guided Lewin 5 to victory in the $30,000 Battenkill Grand Prix, presented by Johnson Horse.
Wylde edged out student student Agatha DâAmbra and Udiana for the first place finish with just over a second to spare. DâAmbra and Wylde were the only riders to advance to the jump-off out of the 22 entries that contested the Grand Prix. Wylde also qualified on his second mount, Wiesielotte, but settled for third place after incurring 12 faults in the jump-off.
"The course was careful; I think you had to have a very careful jumper," Wylde said of the course designed by Canadian Chris Brandt. "There were very technical and tight distances, but our horses seemed to handle that really well. I was really pleased. Agatha and I had five horses between us and they all did five really nice rounds."
DâAmbra was thrilled with her mare Udiana's performance and was more than content to finish second to her new trainer.
"Coming in second place at all is incredible. I'm very happy with it. My horse was brilliant today. I couldn't be happier with her. Peter Wylde is the best, so just the fact that I came in front of his other horse and presented a challenge for him, I'm pretty proud of myself," DâAmbra said.
DâAmbra was first to return in the jump-off and Wylde admitted to doubting whether he would be able to catch her after a perfectly executed second round.
The Vermont Summer Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary in its current Manchester location, offers more than $750,000 in prize money, making it the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont.
The first five Saturdays of the Vermont Summer Festival 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, Aug. 10.
The weekly $10,000 Open Welcome Stake, Presented by Manchester Designer Outlets, is held each Thursday.
The hugely popular $5,000 Hunter Derby is also 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).
For more information, visit the website at www.vt-summerfestival.com.