Thoroughbreds Thrive At Vermont Summer Festival

Jump Media: East Dorset, VT – Patricia Hurter of Harvard, MA, was crowned champion of the $1,400 TAKE2 Thoroughbred Jumper Division during week five of the Vermont Summer Festival, continuing a season of success and popularity for the TAKE2 Thoroughbred divisions. The Vermont Summer Festival runs for six consecutive weeks, from July 5 through August 14, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset, VT. The TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program is committed to promoting and developing second careers for racehorses once they have retired from the track. Launched in 2012 by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), in collaboration with the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. (NYTB), TAKE2 funds prize money and awards in hunter and jumper classes restricted to Thoroughbreds that are eligible to be registered with The Jockey Club. Hurter and her own Nine Links, a seven-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, won two of their 1.0m classes at the Vermont Summer Festival and were second in another to take champion in the TAKE2 Thoroughbred jumper division. “He was super,” said Hurter of the mount she has owned for two years. “He marched around clean and fast, and was awesome. Everything comes up quickly with him because he is so fast, but he is also very careful.”