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Andrew Ramsay Claims $130k Empire State Grand Prix CSI3* at Old Salem Farm

Andrew Ramsay. Photo by The Book.

Andrew Ramsay (USA) led the victory gallop in the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix CSI3*, presented by The Kincade Group, riding Cocq a Doodle to conclude the 2017 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows on Sunday, May 21, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.

“It has been awhile, probably two or three years, since I’ve won a grand prix. It is a great feeling to do it again. It has been fantastic to have Doodle here on the field and be good enough today to get it done. It’s been a very good weekend.” ~Andrew Ramsay

After a second-place finish in the feature grand prix during the first week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, Ramsay and Cocq a Doodle, owned by The Doodle Group, moved up for a victory in the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, in a three-horse jump-off. The only double-clear effort of the day belonged to Ramsay, who stopped the clock at 45.50 seconds over a jump-off track built by 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Final course designer Alan Wade (IRL).

Madison Goetzmann Wins $15,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic

Earlier in the day on the Grand Prix Field, Madison Goetzmann, 17, of Skeanatles, NY, won the $15,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Beval Saddlery, riding her own Prestigious. They bested the eight horses that advanced to the jump-off with a clear round over the short course in 31.172 seconds.

“He’s an incredible horse. He has amazing scope, but we have been taking our time. Each week, things just keep getting better and better, and we’ve developed a better partnership.” ~ Madison Goetzmann

Charlise Casas and Rembrandt Blue, owned by Always Faithful Equine, LLC, were second with a time of 31.537 seconds, and Katie Tyler took third riding her won Shet du Thot in 32.842 seconds.

For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its year-long competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit www.oldsalemfarm.net or call 914-669-5610.

By Lindsay Brock
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Beezie Madden and Breitling LS Capture $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI2*

Beezie Madden and Breitling LS. Photo by The Book.

Four-time U.S. Olympic medalist Beezie Madden claimed victory in the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI2*, presented by The Kincade Group, riding Breitling LS on Sunday, May 14, at the 2017 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running through May 21 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Also on Sunday, Early Winter, owned and ridden by Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell, of New York, NY, was named Grand Junior Hunter Champion to highlight hunter competition.

“Anytime you win it is special because this is quite a humbling sport; you can win one day and be on the ground the next. Last year, I concentrated a lot on the Olympics and didn’t try to win many grand prix events, but this horse has picked up two wins already this year and it feels great.” — Beezie Madden

Madden, who hails from Cazenovia, NY, bested a field of 48 horses for the win over a course designed by Ken Krome of Westminster, MD. Riding Breitling LS, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion (Quintero x Accord II) owned by Abigail Wexner, Madden was third to return in a ten-horse jump-off and crossed the timers clear in 37.34 seconds, which eventually stood for the win.

Early Winter Named Grand Junior Hunter Champion

Highlighting awards in the hunter rings at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, Early Winter, owned and ridden by Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell, was named Grand Junior Hunter Champion. Krysiewicz-Bell and Early Winter, a 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding, won all three classes over fences, were first in the handy, and second under saddle to earn champion honors in the Large Junior Hunter 16-17 Division, and their first Grand Junior Hunter Championship together.

“He can do anything. We won the handy at Junior Hunter Finals together two years ago, went to Pessoa Medal Finals last year, and I have done schooling jumper classes with him. He is probably the horse that has improved my riding the most. He is so versatile, and I can get so much experience on him.” — Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell

Krysiewicz-Bell, 16, is a sophomore at Marymount School of New York at when she isn’t training with Andre Dignelli and Patricia Griffith at Heritage Farm in Katonah, NY. She added Early Winter to her string as an equitation mount, but competes him in hunter and jumper classes as well.

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McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z Win $35k New York Welcome Stake CSI2* at Old Salem Farm

McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z. Photo by The Book.

Two-time U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward topped the $35,000 New York Welcome Stake CSI2* riding HH Carlos Z on Friday, May 12, at the 2017 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running May 9-14 and May 16-21 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.

“Carlos felt really good today. We tried to bring him back slowly throughout the Florida season and stepped back up to 1.50m at the end of WEF, and I really felt that he was back in a good place.” — McLain Ward on HH Carlos Z’s comeback after being sidelined by an injury in the fall.

Currently ranked number two in the world, Ward and longtime partner HH Carlos Z, owned by Double H Farm of Ridgefield, CT, won top honors over a field of 62 horses. The pair crossed the timers in 36.23 seconds from the 28th position in the original order. Their time over a power and speed track built by designer Ken Krome of Westminster, MD stood for the win.

Peter Wylde Wins $6,500 Open Jumper 1.35m

U.S. Olympic team gold medalist Peter Wylde topped the $6,500 Open Jumper 1.35m, presented by Wells Fargo Advisors Blaustien-Clancey, riding Canamera 2 on the Grand Prix Field at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

“She’s a superstar! She is certainly one of the best horses I have, but I also think she might be one of the best horses I have ever had. She’s extremely careful, has all the scope in the world, and is very brave. I’ve been to championships, have had horses that have gone to championships and she feels like that kind of horse, but I want to do what’s right for the horse and not rush. If we get there, great!” — Peter Wylde

Wylde and Canamera 2, an eight-year-old Holsteiner mare (Clarimo x Carthago) owned by Kathleen Kamine, were double clear and quick to top a starting field of 58.

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McLain Ward and Tina la Boheme Win $130k Empire State CSI3* Grand Prix at Old Salem Farm

McLain Ward and Tina la Boheme. Photos by The Book LLC.

North Salem, New York – McLain Ward of Brewster, NY and Tina la Boheme scored an impressive victory in the $130,000 Empire State CSI3* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday to close out two weeks of competition at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows held at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.

Collecting first and third-place ribbons, Ward topped a field of 39 over courses built by Alan Wade (IRL). Ward and Friday’s grand prix winner, Rothchild, were the trailblazers over Wade’s first-round track and were later joined by five more horses, including the eventual class winner, Tina la Boheme.

In the jump-off, Rothchild suffered an unfortunate rail to settle for four faults and a time of 40.49 seconds. Leslie Howard (USA) produced the first double-clear effort with Gentille van Spieveld for GJ Stables and Peter Howard in 48.34 seconds. Ward returned on Tina la Boheme, a nine-year-old Selle Français mare owned by Ward in partnership with Artie Hawkins, and stopped the clock clear in 44.62 seconds. The time was enough to take the win, bumping Howard to second.

Ward finished third with Rothchild, and Marilyn Little (USA) took fourth aboard Clearwater, owned by Karen O’Connor, with the final rail of the jump-off down in 42.28 seconds. Filip de Wandel (BEL) capped the fop five with his own Gentley after also pulling the final rail of the short course and crossing the timers in 43.87 seconds.

While the crowd that gathered on the banks of the Grand Prix Field at Old Salem Farm on Sunday afternoon was expecting another win from veteran Rothchild, what they got was a head-turning performance from one of the younger horses in Ward’s string. Ward and Hawkins, who is an accomplished hunter rider and trainer in his own right, purchased the mare in November before developing her throughout the 2016 season in Florida.

“Artie is a very dear friend of my dad’s and a great horseman,” said Ward. “Last year, he said he’d like to invest in a horse, so we bought her when she had just turned eight years old. It’s a really exciting day to do this and a little bit special for me for it to work out. Sometimes you buy a young horse for a family friend and a great horseman and you have the best intentions, but it doesn’t always go the way you want. She looks like a really nice horse.”

After proving that she has what it takes to jump against international-caliber horses and riders, Tina la Boheme is facing a promising future with Ward.

“I hope to have another really nice grand prix horse next year,” he said. “This is how we make them. You have to put in some work, but you have to start with talent like she has.”

Ward won the blue ribbon with Tina la Boheme, but was pleased with how Rothchild jumped in both rounds of competition. He added that Old Salem Farm is the ideal venue for seasoned horses like Rothchild, as well as developing ones like Tina la Boheme.

“This is an important event; it’s FEI, good prize money, and a great venue,” he said. “Rothchild is a great old friend of mine and a winner. I thought he was a little bit unlucky today not to win. It was a cheap rail, and he jumped phenomenal. But, that’s sport.”

Leslie Howard and Gentille van Spieveld
Leslie Howard and Gentille van Spieveld

Ward is not shy about naming Wade as his favorite course designer in the world, but Howard was quick to agree after her second-place finish.

“I thought it was very good,” she said of Wade’s track. “He had a nice amount of horses clear. It was careful, tricky enough, and he did a super job for the field he had.”

After campaigning Gentille van Spieveld during the winter season in Florida, Howard learned that the gelding thrives on grass footing, making Old Salem Farm’s conditions ideal for him. He will continue following opportunities to jump on turf by traveling to Spruce Meadows next in his spring schedule.

“I was thrilled with him today,” said Howard. “He jumped very well. He’s always been a very good horse on grass, so I think we’ll have some more nice results. He’s not a quick little horse for sure – the big open spaces suit him well.”

Old Salem Farm is a place that fourth-place finisher, Little, recalls showing at as a junior. She claims that her last time competing at the venue was the year she skipped her prom to do so.

“That was quite a long time ago – 16 years now,” she said. “A lot has changed, but it’s still an incredible venue. It’s fun to ride in front of the crowd, and the organizers do a fantastic job. I’m really happy to be back here.”

Little, who splits her time between show jumping and FEI-level Eventing, was focused on a win with Clearwater, but a surprise rail at the final fence fell to the ground, bumping her to fourth place.

“When you have McLain [going after] you, it’s never easy,” she said. “I wanted to be quick, but I thought I’d go a little wide to the last one and I let the stride get too flat and we wilted a little. When you’re in company like this, there is no room for error.”

Ward is two-for-two during the 2016 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows after winning the Week 1 grand prix with HH Carlos Z. For Ward, winning both grand prix events is a special honor because he gets to do it in front of a hometown crowd at a venue where he grew up riding. When asked about his earliest memory of competing at Old Salem Farm, Ward recalled, “I was 15 or 16 and second in the grand prix with a mare of Marilyn’s mother’s that my father had bought.

“This has been a phenomenal venue for us,” he continued. “We have a lot of friends and family that are local that get to come. What Old Salem has done here with this facility is spectacular. You see every improvement that can be done – great footing and a beautiful venue. It’s a special place to win at.”

About the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
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. Host of the FEI 2* and 3* 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.

Contact: Lindsay Brock
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McLain Ward and Rothchild Cruise to a Win in $35k Grand Prix of North Salem at Old Salem Farm

McLain Ward and Rothchild. Photo by The Book LLC.

North Salem, New York – McLain Ward of Brewster, NY and Sagamore Farms’ Rothchild impressed an eager crowd under perfect conditions on Friday to win the $35,000 Grand Prix of North Salem at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running through May 22 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.

Ward and Rothchild celebrated a homecoming on the Grand Prix Field at Old Salem Farm this week. It was at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows in 2008 that Ward jumped his first class aboard the then seven-year-old Belgian Sport Horse gelding. Ward had recently imported Rothchild and was campaigning the young horse. In honor of the anniversary, Rothchild – now a seasoned 15 years old – bucked Ward off in the schooling area on Wednesday before carrying him to win the $35,000 Grand Prix of North Salem on Friday afternoon.

“Everybody knows I didn’t want him; I thought he was crazy. He was hot, a little bit special, but careful!” said Ward with a smile. “He does his job. He is who he is, and I always say he’s a little like my dad. I love him to death and he’s amazing in every way, but some days…”

Rothchild guaranteed Ward a good day on Friday by topping the 45 horses that contested course designer Alan Wade’s (IRL) tracks. Of the ten horses that advanced the jump-off, only four were double clear and Rothchild topped this list with a time of 43.81 seconds over the short course.

Just over a second slower than Ward, Marilyn Little (USA) and Clearwater took second in 44.93 seconds for owner Karen O’Connor. Last Friday’s winners, Adrienne Iverson (USA) and Donar J, jumped to third in 45.03 seconds for Redfield Farm, while Christine McCrea (USA) and Candy Tribble’s Win for Life took fourth in 50.08 seconds. Quentin Judge (USA) produced the fastest of the four-fault rounds in the jump-off and settled for fifth in 45.99 seconds aboard HH Whisky Royale for Double H Farm.

“Alan Wade is my favorite course designer in the world,” said Ward after the class. “I think he knows this field quite well. I think he had a great class, a lot of four-fault rounds, a nice number in the jump-off, and we thought the right winner. We had beautiful conditions, which is always nice. We’re in the second week, but I think the footing is holding up well, which is always a concern on the turf.”

The upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil are dictating Ward’s current schedule and consuming his early-season plans, but his hope is to save Rothchild for future events. Most immediately, he will compete at the Devon Horse Show before joining Ward’s other mounts HH Azur and HH Carlos Z to show in Europe.

“He’s obviously the backup for the Olympic Games. It’s no secret that HH Azur is the horse that we’re thinking for the Olympics, but it’s still a few months [away],” said Ward. “We’re making his schedule so that if he were needed, he would be ready to go. It’s a lot to ask of a horse his age, and we would probably prefer not to, but I do think he can handle it. I try to go up and down with him a little bit. I don’t give him a steady diet of five-star events. I do a three-star like this, up to a five-star, then back.”

When asked about Rothchild’s consistency over the past eight years with Ward in the tack, he responded, “He is a very careful horse, and I think that’s made his career long.”

With an obvious knack for winning at Old Salem Farm, Ward admits that his horses strive at the venue, which is just a few miles up the road from Ward’s home base in Brewster.

“[Rothchild] has done very well on the field,” he said. “I find that a really massive field like Spruce Meadows eats him up a little bit. He’s an ‘adder’. I have to take time in front of the jumps and in those giant rings it’s hard to always be adding and make the time allowed.”

After winning last Sunday’s grand prix at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show with HH Carlos Z, Ward will focus his attention on this week’s $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, to wrap the two-week event.

Coming up at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the Grand Prix Field will feature the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by T & R Development, as well as the $35,000 Speed Derby of North Salem beginning at 12 pm on Saturday, while hunter competition will boast the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by The Gochman Family, at 2 pm.

About the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
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. Host of the FEI 2* and 3* 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.

Contact: Lindsay Brock
Lindsay@jumpmediallc.com

Holly Orlando and William Hill Capture Grand Hunter Championship at Old Salem Farm

Holly Orlando and William Hill. Photos by The Book LLC.

Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Presence Win $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m

North Salem, New York – Holly Orlando won every class in the Green Conformation Hunter Division aboard catch ride, William Hill, to earn the Grand Hunter Championship at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running through May 22 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Highlighting jumper action on the Grand Prix Field on Wednesday, Paul O’Shea (IRL) and Skara Glen’s Presence won the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m.

Orlando, who hails from Wellington, FL, had not sat on William Hill before Monday, but got the ride for his owners, the Hymowitz Family of Rose Hill Farm. The six-year-old Warmblood gelding is regularly piloted by Scott Stewart in the Green Conformation division, as well as owner Lilli Hymowitz in the Small Junior Hunter division.

“I was really lucky to get to ride him, without knowing much about him. All I know for sure is what a nice horse he is,” said Orlando. “He is a blast to ride, tries hard, and was perfectly prepared. He’s one of those horses that, as soon as you get on, you know you’re going to like.”

After only one school earlier in the week, Orlando kicked off the division by winning the model and under saddle on Tuesday before earning the top spot in all four classes over fences, including Wednesday’s handy round.

“Winning the model is always a nice place to start,” smiled Orlando. “Over fences, I loved that I could gallop along on him. I didn’t know that much about him for the handy, but I took a little bit of a shot at it and he sliced the trot jump and was scopey and game.”

Stewart imported William Hill during the summer of 2014 before the Hymowitz Family purchased him in Florida this February under the direction of trainer Jane Ehrhart.

“Scott brought him up and developed him before we purchased him, and he’s always been a calm cucumber,” said Ehrhart. “He’s a little bit of a shy horse, but he’s never scared of the ring and has always been really consistent for us. We are excited about him, and we were very lucky to have Holly take over the reins for the week.”

After leaving Old Salem Farm, Ehrhart plans for William Hill to head to Devon and then focus on qualifying for indoors this fall with both Scott and Lilli in the irons.

Patricia Griffith and Fetching, owned by Lexi Maounis, were reserve champions in the Green Conformation division. They picked up second place finishes behind Orlando in every class.

Wednesday’s hunter competition wrapped the divisions counting towards the $5,000 Leading Hunter Rider Award, which was presented to Louise Serio after her consistent performances throughout the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. This week alone, she collected 13 blue ribbons, all contributing to the 235 points that crowned her leading rider.

Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Presence Take a Chance on $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m

Paul O’Shea (IRL) had not taken the opportunity to test the speed of Skara Glen’s Presence before Wednesday’s 1.40m, but the stallion was quick to prove he has what it takes to win in the jumper ring. O’Shea and the eight-year-old Holsteiner he owns with Skara Glen bested 49 horses in the immediate jump-off class over courses by Alan Wade (IRL).

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Paul O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Presence

“I normally don’t go fast on him, but today he felt good, so we went for it,” said O’Shea. “There is no harm for them to go fast sometimes to learn how to do it, and he really responded well. He listened and did it like it was easy.”

O’Shea has plans for Skara Glen’s Presence to be a top contender for ribbons at the grand prix level and is off to a great start.

“He’s got such a huge stride and is always thinking about where the fences are,” said O’Shea. “He has everything that’s needed; he’s very brave, very scopey, and very careful. That all makes my job a little easier.”

While Skara Glen’s Presence’s big stride gave O’Shea a significant advantage, they were also fast, stopping the clock double clear in 35.999 seconds. Leslie Howard (USA) and Gentille van Spieveld, owned by GJ Stables & Peter Howard, claimed second in 37.441 seconds, while Jeffery Welles (USA) and Calais took third in 37.441 seconds for owners Sharon Gunthel and Triton Ventures. Lauren Tisbo (USA) was fourth in the irons of Coriandolo di Ribano for Tequestrian Farms, LLC in 38.896 seconds, and Maggie McAlary (USA) capped the top five for Double H Farm aboard HH Ciske van Overis with a time of 40.376 seconds.

O’Shea, who is based out of Whipstick Farm in South Salem, NY, brought Skara Glen’s Presence to the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows to gain valuable experience on the grass Grand Prix Field. But, this venue also serves as an anniversary of sorts for O’Shea and Skara Glen’s Presence. The stallion first caught O’Shea’s eye as a six-year-old while competing at the American Gold Cup with previous owner, Derek Braun.

“This is a great place to show for any horse, but the young ones really do well here,” said O’Shea. “The ground is really good, and the horses are able to learn a lot.”

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows continue through Sunday, May 22, highlighted by the $130,000 Empire State CSI 3* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by The Gochman Family, the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by T & R Development, and the $35,000 Speed Derby of North Salem, presented by TownVibe. Thursday’s competition will see a $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m and $5,000 Under 25 Jump 1.45m for jumpers, and the crowning of Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champion.

About the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
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. Host of the FEI 2* and 3* 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.

Contact: Lindsay Brock
Lindsay@jumpmediallc.com

McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z Take Home $50,000 Old Salem Farm CSI 2* Grand Prix

McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z. Photos by The Book LLC.

McKayla Langmeier and Czar-Z Crowned Grand Junior Hunter Champion

North Salem, New York – McLain Ward (USA) of Brewster, NY and HH Carlos Z saved the best for last to win the $50,000 Old Salem Farm CSI 2* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, from the final spot in the jump-off order at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Highlighting Sunday’s hunter competition, McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, CT claimed the Grand Junior Hunter Championship with long-time partner, Czar-Z. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows continue on May 17-22.

Ward and HH Carlos Z, a proven winning combination for Double H Farm, topped a field of 36 over tracks built by Richard Jeffery of Great Britain. Ward and his 14-year-old Zangersheide gelding batted cleanup in a five-horse jump-off to secure his second consecutive Week 1 Grand Prix victory at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows after leading the victory gallop in 2015 on HH Azur.

Fellow Double H Farm rider Quentin Judge (USA) was first to return for Sunday’s jump-off in the irons of HH Whisky Royale. Two rails gave them eight faults in 43.04 seconds for fifth place. Peter Lutz (USA) returned next with Robin de Ponthual for owners Katherine Gallagher & Michael Meller, but they pulled one rail to land them with four faults in 40.08 seconds for fourth place.

Katie Dinan (USA) and Dougie Douglas were first to give the crowd a cheer-worthy clear round in 41.31 seconds. Their lead was short-lived, however, as Brianne Goutal (USA) returned next on Zernike K and broke the tape in 39.40 seconds. Ward and HH Carlos Z were the final pair on course and broke the timer beam in 38.70 seconds for the win. Goutal took second for Remarkable Farms, LLC and Dinan slid to third for Grant Road Partners, LLC.

Ward was happy to have HH Carlos Z’s experience on his side over the “tricky” course.

“It is nice to have a horse like Carlos who is very predictable,” he said. “I think the younger horses found it harder to pass a few of the tests, but you know when you have a horse like I do, you don’t have to worry about the natural fences or his balance. It really makes things a lot easier.”

HH Carlos Z has pocketed wins all over the world for Ward, but especially strives on the grass Grand Prix Field at Old Salem Farm.

“It’s always a little surprising to me because he is a super careful, small horse, and you would lean toward thinking that a horse like that would like a small sand arena better, but he really grows in these big fields,” said Ward.

Goutal made a strong bid for the win, but was pleased with second place. “I don’t like to be beaten, but I am glad that it was McLain who beat me,” she said.

Goutal was most pleased to see Old Salem Farm offer two weeks of FEI-sanctioned competition during the 2016 season. Announced earlier this year, the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows will host a 3* grand prix next Sunday, May 22, after this weekend’s 2* event.

“I have been commenting for a while now about how there should be more FEI shows [in the U.S.],” said Goutal. “I was really happy to see that there are a lot this summer, and I am going to take advantage of that. I also have a lot of students who want to show locally, so we are going to caravan around America a little bit. I haven’t done that in six years, so I am super excited to jump in all those classes.”

Ward, who considers the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows to be his hometown show and is a familiar face at the two-week event, echoed Goutal’s thoughts on bringing more international-level competition to North America.

“It’s great to see them thinking big, and I try to support shows in America that are making that effort,” he said. “We are very proud of how [Old Salem] has grown and the efforts of Allen Bietsch and everybody involved who have made this facility world-class and a home of FEI-level events.”

For Dinan, Sunday’s finish was her best of the week in FEI competition, and she was quick to give credit to her mount, Dougie Douglas.

“I was very happy with my horse – he thrives in these big grass fields,” said Dinan. “He grew up in Ireland and England and has a lot of experience, and that makes the job for the rider a lot easier. I am very lucky to have him, and I just try to do the best I can every ride.”

Hailing from New York, NY and a regular competitor at Old Salem Farm, Dinan will miss the second week of the Spring Horse Shows to graduate from Harvard University with a degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. Her college career will conclude on May 26 and full-time riding will commence.

“I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life,” she said. “I will be in Europe all summer and then pick up from there.”

McKayla Langmeier and Czar-Z Named Grand Junior Hunter Champion

McKayla Langmeier, 15, and Linda Langmeier’s Czar-Z collected first and second place ribbons in the Small Junior Hunter Division before winning the handy on Sunday to clinch Grand Junior Hunter Championship. Langmeier and Czar-Z have been together since he was five. Now 13, she and the Warmblood gelding have an instant connection in the show ring.

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McKayla Langmeier and Czar-Z

“I know him really well – we basically grew up together,” she said. “He’s that one special horse you always have that you can count on to win a blue ribbon.”

An uncomplicated ride, according to Langmeier, Czar-Z is just getting back into competition after have the winter off from showing. He did not travel to Florida with the rest of Langmeier’s string and enjoyed a few months rest before starting back fresh a few weeks ago.

“This is his second show back, and he was really great,” said Langmeier. “He is so simple. I don’t even ride him with reins or leg; he just goes around.”

Langmeier’s performance on Czar-Z, the horse she calls “The Prince” because of his presence both in and out of the ring, also secured her place as winner of the Best Junior Rider on a Horse Award.

“I was getting ready for my jump-off in on the [Grand Prix] Field, and I went to go accept the award,” she said. “I was so shocked. I had no idea that was going to happen today.”

With horses in the hunter, jumper, and equitation rings, Langmeier has perfected the art of switching gears.

“It took me a long time to be able to change modes from the hunter ring to the jumpers, but I am getting better at switching my mindset in the different rings,” said Langmeier.

Coco Fath and Akinda, owned by Hillside Farm, LLC, were pinned Reserve Champion in the Small Junior Hunter Division. They jumped to first, second, and third over fences before placing third in the handy and winning under saddle.

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows continue next week, May 17-22, highlighted by the $130,000 Empire State CSI 3* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by The Gochman Family, the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by T & R Development, and the $35,000 Speed Derby of North Salem, presented by TownVibe.

About the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
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. Host of the FEI 2* and 3* 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.

Contact: Lindsay Brock
Lindsay@jumpmediallc.com

Adrienne Iverson and Donar R Top $35k New York Welcome Stake at Old Salem Farm

Adrienne Iverson and Donar R. Photo by The Book LLC.

North Salem, New York – Adrienne Iverson (CAN) and Redfield Farm’s Donar R bested a field of 49 to win the $35,000 New York Welcome Stake on Friday and kick off FEI competition at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running May 10-15 and May 17-22 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Hometown hero, Mattias Tromp of North Salem, claimed second aboard Avon for Beyaert Farm, Inc., while Paul O’Shea (IRL) finished third in the irons of NLF Favorite for Nordic Lights Farm, LLC.

Iverson, 29, faced courses by designer Richard Jeffery of Great Britain from the 19th position in the original order. She was eventually one of 21 to advance to the jump-off and topped seven double-clear rounds with a blistering time of 40.47 seconds for the win. Tromp and Avon were fractions shy of the win on 40.83 seconds, while O’Shea and NLF Favorite broke the tape in 42.83 seconds for third. Fourth was presented to Christine McCrea (USA) and Win For Life with a jump-off time of 42.97 seconds, and Lauren Tisbo (USA) capped the top five aboard on Mr. Visto in 43.04 seconds.

Iverson has had the ride on Donar R, a 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding, for a year after partnering with Emil Spadone and Paul Hendrix to add him to her string.

“He had a slow winter, but a really great spring so far,” said Iverson of her mount. “I’m always looking for that special horse, and I’m really lucky Emil and Paul came across him because you don’t find horses like that all the time.”

Donar R has carried Iverson to several top placings over their 12 months together, but she admits that some of his best efforts have been on grass footing, making Old Salem Farm their ideal location. While containing Donar R’s excitement has proved to be the biggest challenge for Iverson, the pair clicked this week to pull off an impressive win.

“He has so much energy, but he’s the most powerful horse I’ve ever ridden,” she said. “It’s hard to complain about excitement because he loves what he does, and he’s always honest. I’m just so lucky to have him – it’s hard to find a horse that is as scopey, careful, and competitive as he is.”

According to Iverson, testing Donar R is the plan as the gelding continues to improve the more he is challenged. They will contest Sunday’s $50,000 Old Salem Farm CSI 2* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, with hopeful plans for more blue ribbons in the future.

“My goals, especially for such a good horse, are to always keep him happy and healthy,” concluded Iverson. “I’ll continue to the best I can and hopefully we can win more classes like this.”

Earlier in the day on Friday, O’Shea claimed another top ribbon by winning the $6,500 Open Jumper 1.35m. Coming up on Saturday at Old Salem Farm, The Grand Prix Field will host children, junior, and amateur jumper competition, in addition to featuring the $15,000 Old Salem Farm Speed Derby at 12 pm. Outside the ring, A New Chance Animal Rescue will be on-site at Old Salem Farm from 12-3 pm. Family activities, including face painting will begin at 11 am with an Ice Cream Social hosted by Pegasus Therapeutic Riding kicking off at 2 pm. Finally, HEART Equine Ambulance will be available for education tours of their equipment from 1 to 2 pm.

About the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
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. Host of the FEI 2* and 3* 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.

Contact: Lindsay Brock
Lindsay@jumpmediallc.com

Ann Misenheimer and Cornerstone Claim Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Championship at Old Salem Farm

Ann Misenheimer and Cornerstone. Photos by The Book LLC.

Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV Win $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m

North Salem, New York – Ann Misenheimer and her own Cornerstone were presented as Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champions after topping the 50 and Over Division on Thursday at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running May 10-15 and May 17-22 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. On the Grand Prix Field, Mattias Tromp of North Salem, NY topped the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m aboard KM Whatever RV for owner Bayaert Farm, Inc.

Misenheimer, who hails from Unionville, PA and trains with Stacia Madden, rode to three blue ribbons over fences to earn the Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Championship, her first-ever grand champion honor at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Misenheimer and Cornerstone, a ten-year-old Brandenburg mare, were also fifth under saddle and fifth over fences.

“I had no idea that I was going to be grand champion and I was so excited,” said Misenheimer. “This mare is the best. A good mare is a great horse, and she is all of those things.”

Peaches, as Cornerstone is known around the barn, has been with Misenheimer since 2012 and has carried her owner in both the Adult and Amateur-Owner Divisions. Bred as a dressage horse in Germany, Cornerstone was found for Misenheimer by hunter judge, Scott Williamson. But Misenheimer’s attraction to Cornerstone wasn’t exactly traditional.

“[Scott] called me and told me about a horse I needed to see,” said Misenheimer about the first time she saw Cornerstone. “He told me I would love her, and I needed to have her. I watched two videos of her doing the First Years in Ocala and a third video of her as a four or five year old, jumping around bridleless! I said, ‘That’s an amateur horse, and I will end up with her.’”

Four years later Misenheimer admits it’s like a dream come true to be able to show at her current level after riding as a child.

Reserve champion honors in the Adult Amateur Hunter 50 and Over Division were presented to James Anderson and Forever, owned by Rivers Edge. They won the under saddle and were first, second, and third over fences.

Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV Rally to Win $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m

North Salem native Mattias Tromp was first and third in the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.45m on Thursday. He and KM Whatever RV topped 34 contenders in the one-round speed format class for the win. After finishing the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m with the fastest time, but an unlucky rail on Wednesday, Tromp made a last-minute decision to enter the 1.45m and it paid off.

Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV
Mattias Tromp and KM Whatever RV

Tromp added KM Whatever RV to his string a year ago after finding the 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding through McLain Ward.

“I’ve mostly been getting used to him and learning how to ride him,” said Tromp. “We have been doing the 1.40m and 1.45m classes and we led the 1.40m standings in Ocala this winter. He’s such a fun horse to show and compete.”

After only a year together, KM Whatever RV is a mount Tromp would like to keep under him for seasons to come.

“It will be great to show him more and get some results on him,” said Tromp. “He’s a pleasure to have, and I don’t want to see him go anytime soon. You can see your distances a mile away on him.”

This week marked KM Whatever RV’s first time on the Grand Prix Field at Old Salem Farm, and Tromp admitted that he felt very brave.

“It’s a beautiful venue and one of the nicest places to show at,” concluded Tromp, who was also third on Thursday in the irons of Triomphe Z for Bayaert Farm, Inc.

The Grand Prix Field will continue Open Jumper competition with the $6,500 Open Jumper 1.35m on Friday before the $35,000 New York Welcome Stake takes the stage at the revised time of 11 am.

About the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
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. Host of the FEI 2* and 3* 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.

Contact: Lindsay Brock
Lindsay@jumpmediallc.com

Louise Serio and Rock Harbor Capture Grand Hunter Championship at Old Salem Farm

Louise Serio and Rock Harbor. Photos by The Book LLC.

Mario Deslauriers and Cherrypop Win $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m

North Salem, New York – Louise Serio and Rock Harbor were named Grand Hunter Champions after dominating the High Performance Working Hunter Division on Wednesday during the first week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running May 10-15 and May 17-22 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Highlighting jumper action on the Grand Prix Field, Mario Deslauriers of New York, NY and Cherrypop claimed the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m.

Serio and Rock Harbor, a nine-year-old chestnut Warmblood gelding owned by Jennifer Burger, started the High Performance Working Hunter Division on a high note on Tuesday with a win over fences and second place under saddle. They returned on Wednesday to win the final over fences class and the handy on scores of 89 and 87.

“He was really good yesterday, but he was spectacular today,” said Serio. “We’ve been together since he was a pre-green horse, so we know each other well. He has become so brave and fun – it’s really rewarding to have something you started at pre-green go to the high performance.”

While Rock Harbor has a clear connection with Serio in the competition ring, “Harry”, as he’s called around the barn, is a special horse for Burger.

“When he arrived at the barn the first time, I was out of town,” said Burger. “The girls that greeted him told me he needed a barn name and when I asked what he looked like, they told me he was handsome and his coloring was just like Prince Harry. So, Harry it was.”

Burger brought Rock Harbor into Serio’s string at Derbydown five years ago with intentions of having the horse move up the levels with her in the tack.

“When I get a horse, I love to do the whole thing, the pre-green with the goal always being to get to the four-foot level,” said Burger. “It doesn’t usually happen, but it’s so exciting when it does. This is extra special because Louise has taken him the whole way.”

When asked what it was like watching her horse in the ring this week, Burger responded, “Yesterday was fantastic, but that first round today was one of those rounds that happens maybe once out of a hundred trips and you wouldn’t change a thing.”

Over the past several years, Serio let Rock Harbor take his time and she always planned to let him decide whether he would keep moving up.

“We didn’t know what his ability was going to be as far as scope and stride, but he just keeps coming up with more and more,” she said. “He has a wonderful front end – his knees are always super high. His jumping style is beautiful, and he is actually better now as a high performance horse than he was over the lower jumps. He does it easily and is great at it.”

Reserve champion honors in the High Performance Hunter Division were presented to Sandy Ferrell and Imperial, owned by Stephanie Bulger. They earned fourth place under saddle and two second place ribbons over fences, as well as second over the handy course.

Mario Deslauriers Steps Cherrypop Up to Win $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m
Mario Deslauriers topped 45 challengers in Wednesday’s $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m to get The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows off to an impressive start for Cherrypop, a nine-year old Oldenburg mare owned by Wishing Well Farm, LLC. From the 26th position in the order, Deslauriers posted a double-clear effort in the immediate jump-off class and crossed the timers in 34.845 seconds for the win.

Mario Deslauriers and Cherrypop
Mario Deslauriers and Cherrypop

Deslauriers and Cherrypop just started their third year together with hopes to move up into international level competition in the near future.

“I brought her along slowly, and we’ve recently been stepping up to the 1.40-1.45m,” said Deslauriers. “She’s maturing now and ready to go win some classes. We may do some FEI classes next week and hopefully slowly catch up to the 1.50m.”

Wednesday’s competition marked Deslauriers and Cherrypop’s first time back in the ring after the winter show season, and it was a welcomed spring debut for both horse and rider.

“It’s like a breath of fresh air to show outside on a beautiful grass field,” said Deslauriers. “They keep [Old Salem Farm] pristine, and any rider enjoys coming here to show. They worked the footing so well after all the rain last week and she jumped great out there today.”

Deslauriers is at Old Salem Farm during The Spring Horse Shows with his entire barn and will train nearly 20 students competing in all three rings over the next two weeks.

Open Jumper competition continues with Thursday’s $10,000 1.40-1.45m on the Grand Prix Field, while the Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champion will be crowned in the Hunter Ring.

About the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
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. Host of the FEI 2* and 3* 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.

Contact: Lindsay Brock
Lindsay@jumpmediallc.com