Goldika 559 And McLain Ward Stop The Competition In Their Tracks At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

North Salem, NY – May 20, 2010 - Two time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward, fresh off the plane from his wins with the US Team in La Baule, France, brought Goldika 559 to the ring at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows and she showed the crowd just how much she likes to run and jump.  At an amazing 18 years of age, Goldika still enters the ring with fire, letting everyone know how much she wants to win.

Ward, who hails from Brewster, NY, just a few miles down the road, is always a contender when he enters the ring, but with Goldika there is the knowledge that if she has left the jumps up, her time around the course will be amazingly fast.  She again proved this to be fact as she completed the jump-off course clean in a time of 29.992 seconds.

"She makes history, not me," Ward has said of the mare. "I'm very lucky to have great horses and she's been a long-time partner. I keep thinking maybe it's time to retire her and then she comes to shows and keeps doing this, so she must still enjoy it.”

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Fashion Is King At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

Summer Place and Scott Stewart.  (James Leslie Parker Photo)

North Salem, NY – May 20, 2010 – Scott Stewart and the stunning hunters from Fashion Farm in Philadelphia, PA, pulled onto the grounds of Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY for the second week of competition at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows and dominated in the hunter divisions.

Declaration, an 8 year-old bay Westphalian gelding owned by Fashion Farm, was named the Regular Conformation Hunter Champion.  Declaration gave rider Stewart perfect performances in the division, winning five of the six classes, and placing second in the sixth.

Summer Place, another Fashion Farm horse, was awarded the top honors in the Regular Working Hunter Division.  The 8 year-old grey gelding, piloted by Stewart, won all but one class in his division and was second in that class.

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The Race Is On For The Cavalor Leading Rider Award At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

Patricia Griffith aboard Platinum (James Leslie Parker Photo)

North Salem, NY – May 19, 2010 – T. Lyman Whitehead is currently in the lead after one week of intense competition for the 2010 Cavalor Leading Hunter Award at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

The Leading Hunter Rider Award will be given to the rider who accumulates the most points in the two Old Salem Farm Horse Shows in the following hunter divisions: Pre Green Hunter, Green Working Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter (not including model) Regular Working Hunter. These points will be based on Championship Charts totals from each show and added for a rider’s overall total score. If a rider exhibits more than one horse in a division, only the horse with the most points will count towards their total. The cash prizes will be awarded to the top three riders as follows: First Place $6,000.00, Second Place $3,000.00, Third Place $1,000.00.

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A Day Of Firsts For Catherine Pasmore at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

North Salem, NY – May 16, 2010 -- It was a day of firsts for young Catherine Pasmore as she cemented her new partnership with My Boy by winning the $40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows in North Salem, NY.

Pasmore, from Charlottesville, VA, in her first season riding My Boy and her first season competing in the highest level of equestrian competition, bested a field of 33 competitors, including some who have Olympic Medals, to take the top honors. Her final time of 38.249 seconds was almost two seconds faster than her closest competitor.

“This was very special I can’t describe the feeling,” said a beaming Pasmore. “Hopefully this will be the first of many. I did my first real Grand Prix at WEF this year and I am just ecstatic, my horse was amazing. He is new for me this year. He came to me through Laura Kraut, my trainer. I also train with Andre Dignelli and since Laura is not here today because she is in Europe, Andre was helping me.

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As You Wish Gave Maddie Fisher A Big Win At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

North Salem, NY – May 15, 2010 – As You Wish gave owner/rider Maddie Fisher everything she wished for at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.  The 7 year-old bay gelding cruised around the ring in the Amateur Owner Hunter 18-35 division with ease and style to capture the Championship and Grand Championship titles.

Mike Henaghan, who joined forces in August with Olympic Silver Medalist Peter Leone at Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, CT, is very pleased and proud of Fisher and her mount.  “They are a relatively new partnership both with each other and with Lionshare, but the results are astounding.  They were Amateur Owner Champion at Fairfield and now Grand Champion here.  Both horse and rider are extremely talented and the program we have put in place for them is right on track.”

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Summer Does It Again At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

    

North Salem, NY – May 15, 2010 - The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature non-equestrian activities as well as a full compliment of equine contests.  The $1500 Old Salem Farms Canine Puissance is one of the most popular events at the horse show since it’s inception in 1994. Broken down into three divisions based on size, these furry athletes are fierce about the competition. 

In the Small Dog division, repeat winners Bean and Elizabeth Moloney easily won as they cleared the obstacle like the seasoned competitors that they are. The Medium Dog section was won by Celebrity and Paula Ingham. In the Large Dog division, Summer kept the family tradition alive as he won for the second year, taking over

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The Action Is In Full Swing At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City, winners of the $10,000 Open Jumper Stake (James Leslie Parker Photo)

North Salem, NY – May 14, 2010–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.

Georgina Bloomberg and Radio City, owned by Gotham Enterprises, were the big winners in the $10,000 Open Jumper Stake, leading from start to finish.  Of a starting field of 27 entries, 17 horse and rider combinations made it through the first round and into the timed jump-off.  There were lots of hard rubs during the initial round, but the fences did not seem to want to fall.

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Sunshine and Gleaming Coats Abound At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

Avalon and T. Whitehead, Grand Hunter Champion (James Leslie Parker Photo)

North Salem, NY – May 13, 2010–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.

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Rain Can’t Dampen The Start Of The 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

Trophies To Be Won

North Salem, NY – May 12, 2010–The 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows began 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.

 As the saying goes, “Neither rain …”, nothing could deter the over 800 horses and their humans from arriving at the rings at Old Salem Farm for the start of two weeks of top equestrian competition.

Patricia Griffith successfully piloted Platinum, a 9 year-old, 17.2 hand dapple grey gelding, around the courses to win the title of 1st Year Green Hunter Champion.  They won the division title with three first place ribbons, one second place and one third place.  Platinum is a repeat winner at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, having earned the title of Grand Children’s Hunter Champion last year with owner Lexie Maounis of Jupiter, FL aboard.

Griffith continued her winning ways in the 2nd Year Green division by winning the Championship with Travino,  a 12 year-old chestnut gelding owned by Heritage Farm.  Travino adds this win to his impressive resume; he carried Samantha Schaefer to victory in the 2009 WIHS Equitation Classic Final as well as winning numerous times in the 1st Year division.

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2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows Welcome Sponsors

                North Salem, NY – May 5, 2010–The 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows return to Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY, May 11-23, with the support of many generous sponsors. The two-week long horse show features top-notch hunter-jumper competition at one of the country’s most beautiful equestrian training centers.

                “Our goal has always been to make the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows one of the best hunter-jumper horse shows in the country,” said Scott Hakim, President of Old Salem Farm. “It is through the support of our wonderful sponsors that the Spring Horse Shows continue to meet that goal. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their involvement with the 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.”

                Sponsors of the 2010 Old Salem Farm Horse Shows include: Autumn Farms, Barclays Wealth, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream- Metro NY & CT, Cavalor Inc., The Chronicle of the Horse, Cisco Brewers, Inc., Der Dau Custom Boots and Shoes, Eight Fences, LTD, EquiFit, Inc., Farrier’s Formula, Gotham North, Heritage Farm, Horse Directory, McLain Ward, Inc., MeadowView Farm, New England Farm, Practical Horseman, Sidelines, StaySail Farm, StonyCreek Farm, The Dutta Corporation, The Journal News, The Pooch Paddock, The Premier Collection/Land Rover of Mt. Kisco and Land Rover of Larchmont, and Watershed Agricultural Council.

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Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows Attract Athletes of Olympic Proportions

               North Salem, NY – May 3, 2010 –Once again, many of the nation’s top horses and riders will return to compete at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, May 11-16 and 18-23, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Old Salem Farm has a long, cherished history of hosting elite horse shows for the nation’s premier horses and riders, and will continue that tradition this spring.

                “Once again, we are very excited to welcome back these top riders to the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows,” said Scott Hakim, President of Old Salem Farm. “It isn’t every day that you have the opportunity to see Olympic Medalists compete, so we urge everybody to visit the horse shows and experience show jumping competition at its finest!”

                Those expected to compete include Olympic veterans such as two-time Gold Medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY. In an exciting performance during last year’s Spring Horse Shows, Ward and mount Phillipa, an 11 year old chestnut mare owned by Sagamore Farm won the $40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix.

                Also expected to compete is Olympic Veteran Chris Kappler. Kappler earned a Team Gold and Individual Silver Medals at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, as well as Team Gold and Individual Silver at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2003.

                Visitors should also look for Olympic Team Gold and Silver Medalist and 1986 World Cup Final Champion, Leslie Burr Howard and Olympic Team Silver Medalist, Peter Leone.

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