North Salem, New York- Lucy Deslauriers (USA) and Hester were the fastest double-clear pair by a margin of five seconds to win the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by T & R Development. They conquered courses built by Alan Wade (IRL) with a blistering jump-off time of 34.759 seconds.
Danielle Menker (USA) and Emily Wygod's Beluga took second in 39.749 seconds, while Katherine Strauss (USA) and her own All In were third with four faults and a time of 36.262 seconds.
Anna Cardelfe (USA) and her own Dollar Van T Eigenlo DH took fourth on a four-fault jump-off round in 38.202 seconds, and Stephen Moore (IRL) piloted Team de Coquerie to fifth on four faults in 39.295 seconds for Vlock Show Stables.
Deslauriers is a regular competitor in Under 25 competition and was eager to be part of the first-ever event for young jumper riders at Old Salem Farm.
“It’s true that it really bridges the gap between the junior jumpers and the grand prix ranks, in not only the height, but the difficulty,” she said. “All of that combined to make a great in-between [division] for [those riders] wanting to eventually move up to the grand prix.
“I thought it was a nice course; it was pretty inviting,” continued Deslauriers. “There was a water element and I haven’t jumped water out here yet, so that was a nice addition. The triple came at the end of the course, which got a few horses thinking they were done. All around, there were different tasks and questions to keep in mind.”
Hester and Deslauriers have been partners in the jumper ring for several years and have collected many top placings. Their plans currently include moving up over the summer into the 1.50m ranks.
“He’s really an incredible partner, and I’m so lucky that I get to ride him,” said Deslauriers. “He’s really the greatest combination of attributes that you would want in a partner. Going into today, I felt very good about our partnership and I knew in the jump-off that I could really push the pace and he would give it his all, and he did.”
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from T & R Development, co-founded by Teddy Vlock and Rob Gray with an aim to provide a higher level and standard of barns for horses and riders in Wellington, FL, The Under 25 division made its debut at Old Salem Farm this year.
“I think the U25 is so important because it’s developing the young riders that are the future of our sport,” said Vlock, “especially for the young professionals trying to compete against each other. It gives you a little more space to develop.”
Old Salem Farm will host the $130,000 Empire State CSI 3* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday at 2 pm to highlight competition on the Grand Prix field, while Grand Pony, Children's, and Junior Hunter Champions will be crowned in the hunter rings.
Meanwhile, family activities, including face painting and pony rides by Pied Piper, will begin at 11 am. In addition, the ASPCA will host a pet adoption day at Old Salem Farm from 12:30-4:30 pm.
Final Results: $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by T & R Development
1 HESTER: 2005 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Wandor van de Mispelaere x Palestro Lucy Deslauriers (USA), Lisa Deslauriers: 0/0/34.759
2 BELUGA: 2006 Dutch Warmblood mare by Cardento Danielle Menker (USA), Emily Wygod: 0/0/39.749
3 ALL IN: 2005 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Aachen x Indoctro Katherine Strauss (USA), Katherine Strauss: 0/4/36.262
4 DOLLAR VAN T EIGENLO DH: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Heartbreaker x Nabab de Reve Anna Cardelfe (USA), Anna Cardelfe: 0/4/38.202
5 TEAM DE COQUERIE: 2007 Selle Francais gelding by Heartbreaker x Papillon Rogue Stephen Moore (IRL), Vlock Show Stables, LLC: 0/4/39.295
6 CASPER: 2003 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento x Robin Z Ailish Cunniffe (USA), Whipstick Farm: 0/4/49.010
7 HECTOR V.D. PAPENDIJK: 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Wandor van de Mispelaere x Rabiat Z Juan Salgado (MEX), Alejandro Zendejas: 4/79.258
8 MAN IN BLACK: 2002 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Gentleman x Calvados Andre Mershad (USA), Mershad Stables, LLC: 4/79.279
9 WRIGLEY: 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare by Padinus x Burggraaf Madison Goetzmann (USA), Madison Goetzmann: 4/80.686
T10 VENICE: 2005 Swedish Warmblood mare by Cardento x Stanford Sydney Shulman (USA), Jill Shulman: 4/81.017
T10 TRIOMPHE Z: 2007 Zangersheide gelding by Triomphe de Muze x Celano Mattias Tromp (USA), Beyaert Farm, Inc.: 4/81.017
12 CLASSIC CARE: 2003 Holsteiner mare by Caretino x Accord II McKayla Langmeier (USA), Linda Langmeier: 4/82.714
The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows offer more than $500,000 in divisions ranging from ponies and equitation to Under 25 and top FEI competition. General admission to Old Salem Farm is free Wednesday through Friday during the Spring Horse Shows.
On the weekend of May 21-22, which features the $130,000 Empire State CSI 3* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday, May 22, admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12.
Stay on top of all things Old Salem Farm this spring with all-day live streaming of the Grand Prix Field Friday through Sunday at www.oldsalemfarm.net.