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.
Avalon and T. Lyman Whitehead claimed the Grand Hunter Championship after their stellar performance in the Regular Working Hunter division. Avalon is owned by Visse Wedell of North Salem, NY, and the 10 year-old bay Belgian bred gelding made the four foot fences he navigated seem inconsequential, as he jumped them with style, grace and ease.
Trainer Kate Oliver had a very productive morning, coaching Maggie Fiore, Ossining, NY, on Vancouver to the win in the Ariat Adult Medal with a score of 80.0, and Margo Stever, Sleepy Hollow, NY, riding Incognito to third place.
It was a good day for Federico Sztyrle and the horses from Crossfire LLC, as he took the top two placings in the 1.2 Meter Jumper class with Carnito, first in a time of 31.00, and Narigos, second with a time of 31.35. Sztryle, a native of Argentina who has represented that country in Olympic competition, is the head trainer at Wolfer Estate Stables in Sagaponack, NY.
Kate Levy and Gralli, owned by Nicole Bouillard, continued their dominance of the 1.3 Meter Jumper division with a repeat win. They were fault free in both rounds and crossed the timers in 32.261 seconds. Olympic veteran Leslie Howard had led the class with Utah, but their time of 32.93 was not good enough to withstand the speed of Gralli. Another Olympic veteran, Chris Kappler, placed third with VDL Dundee in a time of 33.670. Andrew Welles and his new mount XM, were fourth with a time of 34.661, ahead of Howard and her second mount Goed Zo, who crossed the timers in 35.363. Old Salem Farm's head trainer Brian Walker was sixth with Whiskey, double clear in 36.268.
Sarah Segal also produced the same result as yesterday, a win in the 1.4 Meter Jumpers, but today it was on Holiday, who sped around the course fault free in a time of 34.382 to take the top honors. Brianne Goutal had to settle for second with Ballade Van Het Indihof with a time of 34.917 and fourth with Nice de Prissey who crossed the timers in 36.908. Kate Levy and Starlight were third, double clear in 36.158.
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: Avalon and T. Lyman Whitehead by James Leslie Parker Photos