Brandywine Valley Summer Series Announces 2012 Hunter Judges

Mar 29, 2012 - 4:57 AM

The Brandywine Valley Summer Series horse shows presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services is pleased to announce that the hunter and equitation judges for this year’s event will feature Jack Towell, Linda Hough, and Mary Lisa Leffler. All three judges are lifelong equestrians who have earned many accomplishments both in and out of the ring. Scheduled for June 28-July 2 and July 4-July 8 the Brandywine Valley Summer Series will feature the nation’s top horse and rider combinations vying for top honors in the hunters, jumpers and equitation.

Jack Towell of Finally Farm in Camden, S.C., began his career as a hunter/jumper trainer at the age of 17. He is one of the most successful trainers and developers of young riding talent in the country. Towell has earned numerous accomplishments as the trainer of over 75 champions and reserve champions at Devon, Capital Challenge and the Indoor shows. He is one of the only trainers in the country to train a Champion or Reserve Champion in every division at the year-end Indoor shows.

“They treat you so well at Brandywine, and it’s an event run by a professional horsewoman,” commented Towell. “It’s a blast judging, and it’s nice to be there when it’s not the Devon Horse Show. Louise Serio is a professional and she knows what horse people want, so basically she is making a horse show for horse people. I think that’s brilliant.”

For 25 years, Linda Hough ran the successful hunter/jumper barn Sutton Place in the Northern California foothills. She is a National Show Hunter Hall of Fame rider and trainer, and has judged many of the most prestigious events in the United States. Her daughter, Lauren Hough, is one of the country’s leading Grand Prix riders and has competed at the Olympics and the World Equestrian Games.

“I am looking forward to great rounds, quality horses, and great all-around showing,” said Hough. “I think there will certainly be an increase in entries. Exhibitors had only good things to say about last year’s footing, schedule, organization, and competition. It was great.”

Mary Lisa Leffler of Rolling Acres Show Stable has been a professional rider since 1994. Leffler has won more than 25 grand prix events, and most recently, she and Gerona 92 earned more than $100,000 in prize money during the 2007 show year. As a trainer, Leffler has students successfully competing in the Children’s and Adult Jumpers, as well as the Junior Jumpers and Hunters.

“I am looking forward to Brandywine, especially because it received such wonderful reviews last year,” said Leffler. “I know that there are going to be some top quality horses and riders; I am excited to get the chance to judge a competitive group of equestrians.”

The 2012 Brandywine Valley Summer Series will be hosting a number of exciting events, including the Johnson Horse Transportation $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, and the Get Real Get RAW $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby. The show will also feature the Small Hunter division and week two has been designated as a WCHR Member event.

Exhibitors, sponsors, vendors and guests can find out more information about the Brandywine Valley Summer Series by visiting The event is led by top rider Louise Serio, while Mike Rheinheimer will run the horse show management.

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