Big Day For Lillie Keenan

North Salem, NY—May 12, 2012—The inaugural Equitation Challenge took place amid much anticipation and fanfare at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Fifteen year old Lillie Keenan, New York, NY, and Chansonette Farm’s Monterrey were the shining stars and galloped away with the top prize.

Style maven Martha Stewart looked on as the youngsters showed off their grace and ability. The Grand Prix field would take its toll on some exhibitors, with quite a few refusals on course, but those who navigated it did so with aplomb.

The class was contested over both man-made and natural obstacles, including water, ditches and a grob, and at a speed of 400 meters per minute. A starting field of 28 junior and young riders tried their hand in the

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The Night Went to the Dogs

North Salem, NY—May 11, 2012— Horse people love to show, whether it is their equine partner or their canine one, the urge to show them off is overwhelming. This was clearly evident as the dogs were let out for the night to contest the Doggie Puissance, sponsored by Agriventures Agway at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show.

In the small dog (up to 15” at the withers) division, Major and handler Wendy Pola easily won. The rest of their competition had run-outs at the obstacle, with a few opting

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Dinan Is Spectacular In The Welcome Stake

North Salem, NY—May 11, 2012— Eighteen-year-old Katie Dinan and Grant Road Partner’s Nougat Du Vallet were the best of a stellar field as they took the win in the $25,000 New York Welcome Stake at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows taking place at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.

Forty-seven entries showed in this afternoon’s welcome stake over a course set by Alan Wade of Tipperary, Ireland. Twelve horse and rider combinations were able to clear the first round course to advance to the

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McLain Ward Returns To His Winning Ways

North Salem, NY—May 10, 2012— Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward was back in the saddle and back in the winner’s circle as he rode Emma to win the 7 & 8 Year Old 1.40m Young Jumper class at the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows in North Salem, NY.

Ward, Brewster, NY, returning to the horse show circuit for the first time since fracturing his kneecap in January, showed no ill effects from the long layoff that put him out of action for more than 3 months and caused him to miss the Olympic

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Carissimo and Molly Ashe-Cawley Hit The Heights



North Salem, NY—May 9, 2012— Molly Ashe-Cawley of Wellington, FL and Carissimo bested a field of 25 top horse-and-rider combinations to win the 1.4 Meter Jumper class on Wednesday at the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows, held on the beautiful grounds of Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.

Ashe-Cawley and Carissimo, a 12 year-old, bay, Holsteiner gelding by Calando I, completed the first-round course and the jump-off fault free, stopping the timers in the jump-off in 39.001 seconds for the win

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Ward Saved The Best For Last In The Empire State Grand Prix

rothchild presentNorth Salem, NY – May 22, 2011 – McLain Ward had four horses entered in the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by Land Rover of Larchmont/Mt. Kisco at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, but it was up to Rothchild, the last horse to enter the ring, to give Ward a clear round.

Each of Ward’s previous mounts had four faults, and in fact two of them even managed to post the exact time over the course. It was up to the 10 year old chestnut gelding, Rothchild, owned by Sagamore Farm, to

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Griffith And Sienna Dance Their Way To The Top In The USHJA Hunter Derby


Emma Lipman, recent University of Georgia graduate, presents the award to Patricia Griffith and Sienna.

North Salem, NY - May 21, 2011 – Patricia Griffith had a new mount this year for the $10,000 USHJA Hunter Derby at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, but the result was the same as last year, a win.

Sienna, the horse that Griffith piloted around the two rounds of competition this year, is a lovely 16.2 hand chestnut mare, owned by Lexi Maounis of Jupiter, FL, herself a junior rider

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Leslie Howard Scores A Knockout With Lennox Lewis 2 At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows


North Salem, NY – May 19, 2011 – Leslie Howard won the $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem in true “Leaping Leslie” form as she piloted her Lennox Lewis 2 around the jump off course fault free in a time of 31.716 seconds at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

Course Designer Leopoldo Placios laid down a track that tested the horses and riders, with only eight of the original 34 starters making it around without penalty. Of those eight, there were only four who managed to navigate the

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Riggio Has A Brilliant Week In Spite Of The Weather


North Salem, NY – May 19, 2011 – The weather finally broke and the sun came streaming through the clouds as the competition for ribbons and prizes continued at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

Stephanie Riggio, New York, NY, and her amazing string of mounts won top titles in every division they contested. Moshi, Riggio’s newest, was named Champion in the Conformation Hunter Division and eventually Grand Hunter Champion as their perfect record of five wins in five classes dominated for

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Nobody Was Slip Sliding Away At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

North Salem, NY – May 18, 2011 – In their ongoing program to make Old Salem Farm one of the premier horse show venues in the country, in 2009, the farm brought in Oliver Hoberg, the world’s most respected footing authority, to oversee work on the footing in its arenas. The final rings were completed in 2011 and the venue was well prepared for the onslaught of rain that the region has seen for the past four days.  

Hoberg, footing consultant for the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong and the

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Levy Had All The Luck At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows


North Salem, NY – May 15, 2011 – Mother Nature gave us beautiful weather for the first week of competition at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, but she could not make it happen on the morning of the Grand Prix, where she gave us some torrential rain in the early hours.

Taking it all in stride, both show management and competitors made adjustments and as the rain came to a close, competition went on as usual. The only concession to the rain was the movement of classes from the Grand Prix

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