EAST DORSET, Vt. — Alida Treuting of Selden, N.Y. won three equitation classes in one day during opening week at the 25th annual Vermont Summer Festival on July 17.

Riding Unex Tmio IV, Treuting, 12, won the ASPCA Horsemanship Medal, Open Medal, and National Horse Show 3’3” Medal during Equitation Tuesday competition.

Every Tuesday at the Vermont Summer Festival offers some of the country's top equitation riders and national champion hopefuls unique opportunities to qualify for year-end finals.

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Unex Timo IV, is an 18-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Numero Uno that is owned by Thinks Like A Horse and was a former grand prix mount of U.S. grand prix rider Aaron Vale.

“That first week was really special because we have been working really hard at home and it paid off,” said Treuting, who owes a lot of her success in the ring to trainer Brooke Chasin, as well as her mother and fellow trainer Myrna Treuting. “We are turning Unex Timo into an equitation horse and he’s learning very quickly; he just keeps getting better and better.

“I love everything about this show!” continued Treuting, who plans to return to the Vermont Summer Festival during week four to continue her first season stepping up into the 3’6” equitation with the help of trainer Val Renihan and Findlay's Ridge.

Also making her debut in 3’6” equitation competition, 16-year-old Zoe Goldberg won the ASPCA Horsemanship Medal and placed second in the New England Horsemen’s Council Junior Hunt Seat Medal during week two. She piloted the nine-year-old Irish Sport Horse mare Estonia, owned by Goldberg’s trainer Christian Coyle, who trains at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, N.Y., to the blue and red ribbons.

“This is my first year in the big eq and I was very happy with the results that we had in Vermont,” said Goldberg, who has had the ride on Estonia for three months. “I set a goal at the beginning of the season to move up to 3’6”, so to win this class makes reaching that goal even more special.”

Over the last several years, the Vermont Summer Festival has become a hot spot to qualify for year-end equitation finals thanks to the introduction of Equitation Tuesdays.

The Vermont Summer Festival is New England’s largest hunter/jumper competition and the richest sporting event based on purse in the state of Vermont with more than $750,000 in prize money. The event is also a proud member of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). Outside the show ring, exhibitors are immersed in the charm of Vermont's shopping, dining, and outdoor activities.

For more information on the Vermont Summer Festival, see www.vt-summerfestival.com.

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