North Salem, NY - It was a day of firsts for young Catherine Pasmore as she cemented her new partnership with My Boy by winning the $40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows in North Salem, NY.
Pasmore, from Charlottesville, VA, in her first season riding My Boy and her first season competing in the highest level of equestrian competition, bested a field of 33 competitors, including some who have Olympic Medals, to take the top honors. Her final time of 38.249 seconds was almost two seconds faster than her closest competitor.
"This was very special I can't describe the feeling," said a beaming Pasmore. "Hopefully this will be the first of many. I did my first real Grand Prix at WEF this year and I am just ecstatic, my horse was amazing. He is new for me this year. He came to me through Laura Kraut, my trainer. I also train with Andre Dignelli and since Laura is not here today because she is in Europe, Andre was helping me.
"He is such a special horse I think he loves his job of carting me around. Everyone was smiling and crying - my mom was crying for two reasons, she promised that when I won my first Grand Prix she would quit smoking."
Brianne Goutal had four shots at the top placing, but while the blue ribbon was not to be, she did finish in both second and third place. Goutal piloted What Ever, an 11 year-old Belgian bred mare, to second place with two clear rounds and a time of 40.043 and placed third with Nice De Prissey in 40.836 seconds. Both horses are owned by Cloverleaf Farm.
"The course was great," said Goutal. "It was hard enough, but it did not try to kill anyone. I had four horses in the class and by the end I was a little bit tired. The field makes everything harder because it is graded, up and down, a vertical uphill and an oxer downhill, it makes the verticals taller and the oxers wider. All my horses jumped fantastically. I rode one not so well, the rest of them jumped great.
Darragh Kerins rode Lisona for Kevin Babington and took his time going around the jump-off course, finishing in 44.779 seconds. This strategy paid off with a clear round and a fourth place finish.
Georgina Bloomberg qualified Metropolitan for the jump-off and had good time, 39.897, but had one rail down to finish in fifth place.
Olympic veteran Peter Leone aboard Nerval De La Battia for the Beaupre Group LLC, finished the jump-off course in 40.498 seconds also with four faults for sixth place.
The 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows will feature the $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.
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.
$40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix- May 16, 2010
Place Horse Rider Owner Faults R1 Faults R2 Time
- 1 My Boy Catherine Pasmore Pasmore Stables 0 0 38.249
- 2 What Ever Brianne Goutal Cloverleaf Farm 0 0 40.043
- 3 Nice De Prissey Brianne Goutal Cloverleaf Farm 0 0 40.836
- 4 Lisona Darragh Kerins Kevin Babington 0 0 44.779
- 5 Metropolitan Georgina Bloomberg Gotham Enterprises 0 4 39.897
- 6 Nerval De La Battia Peter Leone Beaupre Group LLC 0 4 40.496
- 7 Couletto K James Katherine Dinan Katie Dinan 0 4 42.824
- 8 Boo Van Het Kastanjehof Andrew Welles Peter Welles` 0 8 39.771
- 9 Vent Du Nord Kate Levy Kate Levy 0 34 60.572
- 10 Ulysses Van De Krekebeke Lacy Morrone Cramer Equi-Sport 0 W
- 11 Jeans Glove Varnel Leslie Howard Leslie Howard 4
- 12 Vornado Van Den Hoendrik Jessica Springsteen Stone Hill Farm 4
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: Catherine Pasmore by James Leslie Parker