North Salem, NY - The 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows continue their two week run at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. The two-week long horse show features superlative hunter-jumper competition at one of the country's most beautiful equestrian training centers.
Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City, owned by Gotham Enterprises, were the big winners in the $10,000 Open Jumper Stake, leading from start to finish. Of a starting field of 27 entries, 17 horse and rider combinations made it through the first round and into the timed jump-off. There were lots of hard rubs during the initial round, but the fences did not seem to want to fall.
That was not the case in the second round. Only five horses managed to navigate the shortened track without pulling down a rail. Bloomberg, the second rider in the ring for the jump-off, was the first to clear all the jumps and her time of 38.270 would not be beaten.
Katie Dinan rode her Couletto K James carefully over the course and crossed the timers with all the fences intact in a time of 39.660 to claim second place. Catherine Passmore and My Boy finished in third place with a clear jumping effort in a time of 40.160. David Tromp rode Casey and Renoir Du Buisson for Bayaert Farm to the fourth and fifth place respectively in times of 41.310 and 41.410.
Sarah Segal, winner of the 1.4 Meter classes for the past two days, tried to make it three in a row with Ramses, and did have a better time, 36.110, but Ramses could not leave all the jumps up and finished in 6th place with four faults.
Andrew Welles and the speedy XM also had a better time than Bloomberg, 38.110, but he also had a rail down over the shortened course and finished in 7th.
The USEF/Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal class was a battle of the trainers. The top six placings were divided evenly between Stacia Madden and Andre Dignelli. Madden came out on top with Karen Polle and Radius H taking the blue ribbon. Mahala Rummell aboard Papillon136 brought the third place back to Madden's barn and Samantha Ramsey with Cornello were sixth. Dignelli student Samantha Schaefer piloted Travino into second place. Christina Gellos with Campari II2 placed fourth for Dignelli and Lillie Keenan with Sir Neel was fifth. All of these riders amassed points towards the USEF/Pessoa Hunter Seat Medal Final, to be held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October.
Lucy Close traveled from her home base in Little Compton, RI, with Vondel Park, her 14 year-old Oldenburg gelding, and made the trip worthwhile as she left the ring with not only the Amateur Adult Hunter 46 + division title but the Amateur Adult Grand Championship as well.
Close was very excited and pleased with her boy. "I had hung up the tack for about 7 years, and when I saw him I just loved him on sight and had to have him", said Close. "This was only the second time I have shown him since the Old Salem Spring Shows last year because I am just crazy busy with a project in Haiti. He seemed to know that this show was something special, we always have a good time, but he just seems really happy with where he is right now. "
"This week is a very special week for Lucy for personal reasons," said trainer Brooke Baldwin-diGrazia. "It means a lot that she had such a great show."
Avalon continued his winning streak, this time with owner Visse Wedell in the irons, by winning the Amateur Adult Hunter 36-45 division Championship.
Arriana Boardman and Gatsby, her 11 year-old Westphalian gelding, won the Amateur Adult Hunter 18-35 Championship title.
The 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows will feature the $40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix, $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix, $25,000 North Salem Grand Prix, as well as a $15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic part of the Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Derby, $10,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by The Premier Collection/Land Rover of Mt. Kisco and Land Rover of Larchmont, and the $10,000 Cavalor Leading Hunter Rider Award.
The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows also feature non-equestrian activities including the fun and popular Canine Puissance, co-sponsored by The Pooch Paddock, the onsite doggy daycare service. The Puissance takes place on Friday, May 14 and is open to all dogs and includes three size sections, Small, Medium and Large with $500 in prize money for each section.
Old Salem Farm is located one hour north of New York City. In addition to its year-long horse show series that includes more than 20 horse shows in addition to its flagship spring horse shows, it maintains state-of-the-art stabling facilities for year-round boarding. Old Salem Farm's training staff offers training for every level of riding from Short Stirrup to Grand Prix hopefuls! Exceptional horses are also available for sale or lease.
Tickets for the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are $10.00 for a three-day pass, valid Tuesday-Thursday, and $20.00 for weekend pass, valid Friday-Sunday. A portion of the admission proceeds will benefit Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets for the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows can be purchased online at www.oldsalemfarm.net or by calling 914-669-5610, as well as on-site during the horse shows.
For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its year-long horse show schedule, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net or call 914-669-5610.
Photo: Lucy Close and Vondel Park, Adult Amateur Hunter Grand Champion at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. (James Leslie Parker Photo)