Olympic Gold Medalist Wins Vermont Grand Prix
Peter Wylde made his first trip to Manchester a winning one, by claiming victory in the $30,000 Vermont Summer Special Grand Prix at the Vermont Summer Festival, running through August 11 at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset.
A veteran of the United States Equestrian Team, Wylde was the individual bronze medalist at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, before claiming team gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Having been based in Germany for the past 12 years, Wylde is back competing on the U.S. show jumping circuit, and included the Vermont Summer Festival on his 2013 tour schedule. The decision proved to be a wise one, as he was one of three competitors to advance to the jump-off over the track set by course designer Alan Wade of Ireland.
Wylde was the the third and final challenger, and the seasoned veteran made short work of the jump-off course, smoothly guiding Lewin 5 over the fences, around the turns and through the timers in 34.39 seconds for the victory. The win marked the second recent victory for Wylde and Lewin 5, an 11-year-old bay German-bred gelding by Lewinski owned by Baron Eduard de Rothschild. Of the horse, Wylde noted, “He’s been building up to this level and is now consistently in the ribbons, both indoors and out. He’s the sweetest horse, very kind. He’s a little lazy, but picks up just enough in the ring, and is very careful. It was a fast enough jump-off today, and he was excellent.”