Ireland's McCarthy dominates at Festival


EAST DORSET — Ireland's Kevin McCarthy claimed a one-two finish in the $10,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic on Sunday to conclude the six-week Vermont Summer Festival.

McCarthy was the first entry in the ring aboard his own Catch A Star HSS, and the pair set the standard with a clear round over the track set by course designer Ken Krome. Six additional horses qualified to join McCarthy and Catch A Star HSS in the jump-off, but none would catch the jump-off time to beat of 30.77 seconds set by McCarthy and the nine-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare.

Coming the closest to catching McCarthy's time was McCarthy himself aboard his second mount, Easton. The 10-year-old Oldenburg gelding owned by McCarthy crossed the finish line in 33.85 seconds for second place.

"Catch A Star HHS is naturally fast, so we set down a good time, and it held up for a good win today!" said McCarthy, who has had a highly successful season at the Vermont Summer Festival, having earned two grand prix victories and two welcome stake wins with Catch A Star HSS, as well as two welcome stake wins with Easton, in addition to other top finishes in the amateur-owner jumper divisions.

"All in all, it was a fantastic show," said McCarthy, who will now return to his home base in Cazenovia, N.Y. "A big thanks to the show for all of the work that goes into this behind the scenes."

Finishing in third behind McCarthy was Amy Shafmaster of Portsmouth, Mass., who stopped the jump-off clock with a clear round in 36.05 seconds aboard her own Dalton de la Fresniere. Fourth place with a time of 37.45 seconds went to Elizabeth Stroh of Ocala, Fla., and Canoso, owned by Cloverly Farm LLC. Fifth place with the only additional double-clear effort went to Maya Nayyar of New York, N.Y., riding Notaris, owned by Maya Nayyar, LLC.

Jamaica, Vt.'s Tessa Brown was ninth overall.

Now concluding its 26th year, the Vermont Summer Festival offers a dynamic competition schedule while also giving competitors an opportunity to enjoy the wide variety of entertainment, recreation, shopping, and dining options offered in Dorset, Manchester, and the surrounding area. A recent study conducted by the Center for Rural Studies at the University of Vermont cited that the total direct spending of visitors frequenting Vermont for equine-related activities is estimated at nearly $15.5 million annually.

For more information on the Vermont Summer Festival, please visit

MAUMS football sign-ups

BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Middle School Football sign-ups are on August 14 and 16 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the middle school.

Practice begins on August 26.

Referee training offered

LUDLOW — Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Vermont Soccer Officials Association and becoming eligible to officiate Varsity soccer games is encouraged to attend one of two remaining training sessions in Southern Vermont.

The next training will be held at the Maxfield Sports Complex on August 14 at 4 p.m. and the last training will be at White River Unified High School in South Royalton, on August 24 at 8:30 a.m. The training includes learning the rules of the game, a test, and a field practice. You also receive follow up support and a mentor. The cost of the program is $75, which includes the cost of the membership in the VSOA for this year, the training, and insurance.

For more information, contact Gary Blodgett at or 802-558-3147.

Hoyt Charity Golf Tournament

MANCHESTER — The 28th Annual Win Hoyt Charity Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, September 18 at the Ekwanok Country Club.

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Registration opens at 11 a.m., lunch is at 12 p.m. and players tee off at 12:30 p.m.

The tournament is named in memory of Win Hoyt, a long-time Manchester resident and former Director of the Chamber.

In 1970, Win took over the Caddie Scholarship Program at Ekwanok and provided leadership until his death in 1989.

Proceeds will be divided equally between Bennington County Habitat for Humanity and the Manchester Community Library.

Cost to play is $150; sponsorship opportunities are available at different levels.

For more information, to reserve a team or be paired up with a foursome, please contact Bennington County Habitat, 802-367-1000,

MAU job openings

BENNINGTON — A handful of coaching positions are open for Mount Anthony Union High School.

MAU is looking to fill the varsity baseball, varsity girls tennis, junior varsity boys basketball, middle school boys basketball and middle school boys soccer coaching positions for the 2019-20 school year.

Applicants should have previous coaching experience and a background in the sport.

Please send a letter of interest and coaching resume to:

Ashley Hoyt, Activities Director, Mt. Anthony Union High School, 301 Park Street Ext. Bennington, VT 05201 or email

Red Sox legend Lonborg to host golf tournament

BOLTON, Mass. — The fourth annual Sunrise to Sunset Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament to benefit cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will take place on August 21 at The International Golf Club & Resort in Bolton, Mass.

Golfers can sign up for this 36-hole fundraiser as individuals or with a group. Players have the choice to play a scramble or their own ball on The International's two premier courses, The Oaks and The Pines.

Red Sox Legend and 1967 Cy Young Award Winner Jim Lonborg will serve as the celebrity host and play in this year's tournament.

All golfers agree to raise a minimum of $1,100, including a $100 registration fee, and will play with one shared mission — supporting the lifesaving work at Dana-Farber.

Top fundraisers and golfers are eligible to receive great prizes including golfing events and other unique experiences. The Sunrise to Sunset Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament is also a great place for sponsors to showcase their brand. To become a sponsor, sign up, or for more information, visit:


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