Ward repeats at Vermont Summer Festival

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EAST DORSET — Morgan Ward of Milford, N.J., won the $5,000 NEHJA Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay, for the second year in a row on Thursday during opening week at the Vermont Summer Festival, which runs for six weeks through August 11 at the Harold Beebe Farm.

A rider favorite, the derby spanned two competition rings with both traditional hunter jumps and derby-style fences. Joe Carnicom of Toledo, Ohio, designed the course for a first-round field of 32 before the top 12 returned in reverse order of standing to decide the winner over a handy track.

Ward and Cypress, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding by Quidam de Revel, scored an 85 in the first round and an 86 in the handy to take the win on a total of 171.

"He has been a rock star since day one," said Ward of Cypress, a ride she took over last year for owner Bruce Green and trainer Sandra Lobel. "After winning this class here last year, he has been improving every week. We showed all circuit in Ocala and he was fantastic. My favorite thing about him is his jump, but he also has a nice canter with a beautiful rhythm and is a really fun horse to ride."

Cypress has qualified for the 2019 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship, and will head south to compete in Lexington, KY, this August. Ward remarked that his talent in a derby setting paid off for her, noting, "The handy gave him the opportunity to do some inside turns, which is what helped me move up. He is so slick that I can do any inside turn and he always jumps."

Ward is competing at the Vermont Summer Festival with 14 horses in her barn and is looking forward to another successful season.

"This feels like home for me," said Ward. "It's so relaxing, and that makes me and my horses enjoy being here. The footing has been great, and the staff is wonderful. I love it here."

The first grand prix of the Vermont Summer Festival will highlight competition on Saturday. Beginning at 1 p.m., the spectator-friendly $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix, presented by Johnson Horse Transportation, will see the top horses and riders facing off for victory.

Competition at the 2019 Vermont Summer Festival runs weekly from Wednesday through Sunday, beginning each day at 8 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults and children from Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children with 100 percent of all gate proceeds benefiting Dorset Equine Rescue, The Dorset School, and Manchester Community Library.

The Vermont Summer Festival is a proud member of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, the Marshall & Sterling League, and the North American League (NAL). For more information on the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail or visit www.vt-summerfestival.com. Like Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show on Facebook and follow @vtsummerfestival on Instagram.

MAU coach hosts lacrosse camp

BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony girls lacrosse coach Emily Cross is hosting a Southern Vermont girls lacrosse camp, set to go from July 15-18.

The camp is offered to girls in grades 3 through 9 and will be coached by Cross and other MAU girls lacrosse alumni.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day that week at Chesnut Field at Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

Registration for the camp costs $100.

Campers can expect individual skill building, team skills, new terminology, one-on-one evaluations and games/drills.

Campers should bring cleats, a lacrosse stick, a mouth guard, sun screen and water.

For more information, contact Emily Cross at (802) 688-3262, or by email at escross27@gmail.com

Castleton coach hosts camp

MANCHESTER — Castleton University's soccer coach John O'Connor and his assistants are hosting a Soccer Skills Clinic geared towards boys and girls entering grades 2-8, whose goal is to play middle school and junior varsity soccer in the fall.

There will be two sessions, one from July 8-12 and another from July 29 to August 2 at Dana Thompson Rec Park's Eckhardt Field.

Grades 2-5 will go from 8:30-11:30 a.m., while grades 6-8 will go 1-4 p.m and the camp will run rain or shine.

The cost to participate is $150 and includes three hours of college-level coaching and a reversible practice jersey.

Scrimmages, drills and goalkeeping will be the mainstay of the clinic.

For those attending the morning session, an extended day is available. Campers will be brought over to the Rec Park Staff at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch is not provided so campers must bring their own lunch, snacks, as well as a bathing suit and towel.

There is an extra fee of $50 for residents and $70 for non-residents.

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To register contact Nikki Dexter at 802-768-9072 or at n.dexter@manchester-vt.gov.

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 Ashley.hoyt@svsu.org

SMS open training sessions

STRATTON—The Stratton Mountain School Nordic Program and the Elite SMS T2 Team will be hosting weekly training sessions each Thursday through August 8, and all ages are welcome. The training sessions will feature roller-skiing, hiking, ski walking, and a cookout, and additional workouts may be added throughout the summer.

SMS Nordic's Summer Training Program aims to get young athletes excited about Nordic Skiing in sessions led by members of the Elite SMS T2 Team — whose members, including Olympians Sophie Caldwell, Simi Hamilton, and Jessie Diggins, train in Stratton.

The program will be overseen by three-time U.S. Ski and Snowboard Coach of the Year, and former SMS Nordic Director, Sverre Caldwell.

For a full schedule, and to RSVP, find their "Summer BKL Training and Fun" on Facebook (www.facebook.com/smsnordic). Please contact Sverre Caldwell (scaldwell@gosms.org) with questions or for more information.

HFCC Junior golf program

HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls Country Club announced the offering of a 4-week Junior Golf Program taught by Coach Mike Baratto.

The program will begin on Monday and run through August 8.

Participants will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Players ages 10-17 are eligible to participate.

Instruction will consist of a range of topics that will include the fundamentals of grip, alignment and posture, and course management. Following the one hour of instruction, those who are ready will participate in some on-course play.

Each player should have his or her own equipment. Cost is free to members of HFCC and $40 per participant for non-members.

To enroll, please email Coach Baratto at mpb416@gmail.com with player name(s), age, phone number and email or you can call at 518-686-5916.

LTS basketball camps

DORSET — Long Trail School will run two basketball camps this summer during the week of July 8-12.

Camps are being offered for grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.

The program will run from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and costs $150. LTS basketball campers will fully enjoy Long Trail School's new, state-of-the-art Fieldhouse.

Basketball camp director/coach Mike Olson and coach Rob Leary are excitedly planning the program's schedule.

Campers will focus daily on individual offensive skills including shooting, passing, and ball handling. Concepts of offensive and defensive team play will be incorporated into 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 competitions. Full and half-court scrimmages will improve the participants' game.

To register or for more information, go to www.longtrailschool.org/basketballcamp/ or contact Basketball Camp Director Mike Olson at 802-359-2149.

With 35 years experience as a Division I, II, and III college basketball coach, and most recently as head basketball coach at Kimball Union Academy, Olson has conducted basketball clinics and camps throughout the United States and Europe and served as head coach for the USA Select U-18 team from 2014-2016.

Rob Leary, a Northshire native, has worked with local basketball teams extensively. Having played basketball for MEMS and Burr and Burton, Leary has 25 years of coaching experience at the middle and high school levels.


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