Big Jumpers Came Out To Play at Old Salem

As the sky lightened and rainbows appeared over the Grand Prix field, the horses and riders entered the rings at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows for the second dayAs the sky lightened and rainbows appeared over the Grand Prix field, the horses and riders entered the rings at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows for the second day

Story originally posted by Horsecity.com Staff

North Salem, NY — As the sky lightened and rainbows appeared over the Grand Prix field, the horses and riders entered the rings at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows for the second day of competition on the beautifully renovated grounds of Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.

One of the top horse shows in the country, the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows offers more than $500,000 in purses and runs through May 17. A portion of all ticket sales benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater NYC.

McLain Ward, two-time Olympic team gold medalist, heads a star-studded list of riders that includes Olympic veterans Norman Dello Joio, Leslie Howard and Nona Garson, as well as Grand Prix stars Georgina Bloomberg, Jeffrey Welles, Laura Bowery, Darragh Kerins, Federico Sztyrle and Brianne Goutal.

The most hotly contested classes of the day were the three levels of Open Jumpers.The first class, Open Jumpers 1.2 meters, had 61 entries all trying to complete the course fault free to advance into the jump off.Of the 12 horse and rider combinations to clear the first round, Kimberly Swenson of Greenwich, CT, and her Windward’s Tilia were the fastest in the second round by a full six seconds to take home the blue ribbon.

One of the top horse shows in the country, the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows offers more than $500,000 in purses and runs through May 17. A portion of all ticket sales benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater NYC.

McLain Ward, two-time Olympic team gold medalist, heads a star-studded list of riders that includes Olympic veterans Norman Dello Joio, Leslie Howard and Nona Garson, as well as Grand Prix stars Georgina Bloomberg, Jeffrey Welles, Laura Bowery, Darragh Kerins, Federico Sztyrle and Brianne Goutal.

The second class of Open Jumpers, with fence heights of 1.3 meters, was even more popular with 72 to go.This class was all McLain Ward.Ward had six entered in the class and he had four of those six finish in the top eight.Nana, owned and ridden by Ward of Brewster, NY, was the winner, turning in two clear rounds in a time of 29.89 seconds.Right on her heels was Cover Girl also owned and ridden by Ward, who was clear but not quite fast enough with a time of 32.88. Ward was fourth with his and Blue Chip Bloodstock’s XM, clear in a time of 34.26. Finishing out his quadruple was Logan De Noblat, owned by Katie Dinan LLC, who crossed the timers in 35.62 seconds leaving all the fences standing.

Ward, a two-time Olympic Team Gold Medalist, has had a phenomenal 2009 season.After winning the three biggest purses at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, he finished second in the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas in one of the most dramatic and exciting finishes in the World Cup’s 31 year history.

The Open Jumper 1.4 meter class featured a battle between father and son.Norman Dello Joio of Wellington, FL, rode Scarface, owned by Tony Weight, to victory, posting two clear rounds with a jump-off time of 32.528.He was followed in third place by his son Nicholas aboard KLM Jimmy who turned in two clear rounds but was just not fast enough to beat his dad. Norman placed fifth with Cotton Candy II with Nick in sixth on Draco.Second place in the class, slipping in between the Dello Joio family was Callan Solem aboard VDL Torlando who crossed the timers in 43.63.

In the Hunter divisions, Jim Toon and Silas V, a six-year-old Rhinelander gelding owned by Brianne Link of East Islip, NY, were named 1st Year Green Hunter Champions. They won the division championship by placing in each of the five classes in the division.

Toon found Silas V in Holland and imported him to the United States last September. The talented six-year-old gelding was sold to the Links soon thereafter. Showing under Toon as a Green Hunter and Brianne Link in the Children’s division, Silas V has won some impressive classes in a short period of time.

Reserve Champion in the 1st Year Green Division went to Laura King of Irvington, NY, with her horse Eric I.The pair train with Andre Dignelli of Heritage Farm in Katonah, NY.

The 2nd Year Green Hunters were combined with the regular Working Hunters into one division.Que Sera and Sophie Cohen of Greenwich, CT, won the division handily after placing first in two classes and second in two classes to lead in points.

The flashy chestnut Oldenburg marched around the ring and jumped in beautiful form.The pair was ranked 17th in the nation in the 2nd Year Division, and this win will move them even higher in the standings.

The 2009 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows 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 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, $10,000 Hunter Classic 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 20 horse shows in addition to its flagship spring horse shows, it maintains luxury stabling facilities for year-round boarding, and offers training for all levels of riders, as well as horses for sale and lease.

The 2009 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are excited to announce a new partnership with the Greater New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Komen Greater NYC). Komen for the Cure is the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to curing breast cancer. A portion of all ticket sales from this year’s Spring Horse Shows benefit Komen Greater NYC.

Admission Wristbands are $10 for weekday general admission on May 5-7 and May 12-14, and $20 for weekend admission May 8-10 and May15-17. Each wristband is good for all three days. Children under 12 and seniors over 65 are admitted free. Old Salem Farmis contributing $1 for each weekday entry ticket sold and $2 for each weekend entry ticket sold to Komen Greater NYC with a minimum contribution of $10,000.