Mclain Ward and HH Azur competing at the 2015 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Photo by Jump Media.
North Salem, NY – The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows will now offer even more for show jumpers as they have been classified as CSI-rated competitions by the The Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI). The FEI classes will give riders the opportunity to gain valuable Longines FEI World Ranking points. Additionally, the Spring Horse Shows will feature Under 25 competitions, including a $15,000 U25 Grand Prix, sponsored by T&R Development, for up and coming jumper riders.
“Our team here at Old Salem Farm is always looking to stay out in front of what is up and coming for our sport,” said Old Salem Farm Trainer Frank Madden. “We feel the U25 competition is hugely important in the development of our young riders, and therefore important that we make it a priority to offer it at the Spring Shows.”
The first week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows will run May 10-15 with a CSI2* classification and the second week, a CSI3*, will take place May 17-22 at the acclaimed Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.
The 2016 schedule includes top competition for hunters, equitation riders and world-ranked jumper riders alike. Highlights planned for the celebrated grand prix field during the Spring Shows include:
– $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix
– $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix
– $35,000 New York Welcome Stake Grand Prix
– $35,000 North Salem Grand Prix
– $35,000 Speed Derby of North Salem
– $15,000 Old Salem Farm Speed Derby
– $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby
– $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, sponsored by T&R Development
“The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows have attracted some of the most accomplished riders in show jumping and delivered top sport each year they have taken place. Now, we are proud to offer those riders more opportunities to gain world ranking points, as well as bring an even higher level of equestrian competition to Westchester County,” said Old Salem Farm Manager Alan Bietsch. “We have been working to deliver CSI-rated competition to the Spring Shows after witnessing the great success the American Gold Cup has enjoyed, and we are very excited that both weeks of competition will be sanctioned by the FEI in 2016.”
The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature Premier rated hunters and USEF 5* and USEF 6* jumpers, and was most recently ranked on the North American Riders Group Top 25 List in 2014. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from across the country. Old Salem Farm’s beautifully manicured grounds, a list of elite horses and riders, and fantastic social gatherings draw spectators from Westchester County and beyond to watch horses and ponies of every size compete for over $500,000 in prize money.
For more information on the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, including sponsorship opportunities, ticket sales, VIP table reservations and available vendor space, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/spring-shows.
About Old Salem Farm
Old Salem Farm, located just one hour north of New York City, is one of the best equestrian competition venues in North America, as rated by the North American Riders Group since 2011. Host of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the prestigious American Gold Cup CSI-W 4*, and year-round competitions, the facility offers a state-of-the-art turf grand prix field, indoor riding arena, and two all-weather footing rings. As a boarding and training facility, Old Salem Farm is second to none and home to top trainer Frank Madden. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net or call 914-669-5610.
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