North Salem, NY - T. Lyman Whitehead is currently in the lead after one week of intense competition for the 2010 Cavalor Leading Hunter Award at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. The Leading Hunter Rider Award will be given to the rider who accumulates the most points in the two Old Salem Farm Horse Shows in the following hunter divisions: Pre
Green Hunter, Green Working Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter (not including model) Regular Working Hunter. These points will be based on Championship Charts totals from each show and added for a rider's overall total score.
If a rider exhibits more than one horse in a division, only the horse with the most points will count towards their total. The cash prizes will be awarded to the top three riders as follows: First Place $6,000.00, Second Place $3,000.00, Third Place $1,000.00.
Whitehead enters the second week of competition with 77 points, more than half of which were earned with Avalon, owned by Visse Wedell of North Salem, NY, who is no stranger to the winner's circle. The 10 year-old bay Belgian bred gelding has been a consistent winner in this demanding division all through the winter.
Patricia Griffith is close behind with 74 points. Griffith's success in both the 1st and 2nd Year Green divisions with her mounts Platinum and Travino has placed her within striking distance. Molly Ashe-Cawley stands in third place with 34 points and will have to turn in some impressive rounds to catch the leaders.
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.
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: Patricia Griffith aboard Platinum. (James Leslie Parker Photo)