May 20, 2017 – North Salem, New York – Andrew Ramsay (USA) rode Stranger 30 to a victory in the $35,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic CSI3*, presented by Wells Fargo, The Private Bank, on Saturday, May 20, at the 2017 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running through May 21 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Highlighting hunter competition, Callie Seaman of Greenwich, CT, won the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by The Gochman Family, while earlier in the day on the Grand Prix Field, Shawn Casady of Midtown, TN, topped the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, riding Vanilla.
Ramsay originally hails from San Francisco, CA, and is competing at Old Salem Farm for the first time during the 2017 Spring Horse Shows. After several top finishes throughout the two-week show, Ramsay and Stranger 30, owned by The Stranger Group, were the final pair to return in an 11-horse jump-off over tracks built by 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final course designer Alan Wade (IRL).
Ramsay and his 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Stakkato x Cheenook) saved the best for last and stopped the clock at 31.99 seconds to bump U.S. Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward to second. Ward, currently ranked the number-two rider in the world, posted a time of 32.11 seconds riding Tina La Boheme, co-owned by Ward and Susie Heller.
Placing first and third on Saturday, Ramsay also piloted California 62, owned by The California Group, to a time of 32.63 seconds to round out the top three. Devin Ryan (USA) was fourth riding Eddie Blue, owned by LL Show Jumpers, LLC, after finishing double-clear in 32.90 seconds, and Mario Deslauriers (USA) capped the top five aboard Bardolina 2 in 33.70 seconds for Wishing Well Farm, LLC.
After recently partnering with U.S. Olympic gold medalist Chris Kappler, Ramsay is now based in Wellington, FL, and will be competing more on the East Coast in the coming months.
“It has been a great experience to be here,” said Ramsay. “Showing on the field is wonderful. It is a nice, natural field with some slope, and the ground is good. McLain is very fast and for the last week he has been beating me, so we decided to give it a go today.”
Of his jump-off round, which beat Ward’s by less than a second, Ramsay noted, “Stranger is naturally a very quick horse. He is quick across the ground and quite quick over the fences, so he is effective and that helps. I think we had a small edge everywhere and it was a lot of fun.”
Ramsay has had the ride on Stranger 30 for a year and a half and considers the mount a joy to ride, saying, “He is amazingly competitive. He is careful, quick, and really wants to please. He was just out there helping me out today.”
Callie Seaman Claims $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, Presented by The Gochman Family
Amateur rider Callie Seaman of Greenwich, CT, led the victory gallop in the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by The Gochman Family, for her first international derby win riding her own Skorekeeper.
Seaman and Skorekeeper, a 13-year-old Warmblood gelding by Casall were sitting second on a first-round score of 171, and returned with the top 12 to complete the second handy round set by course designer Eric Mayberry of Myakka City, FL. Seaman posted a score of 187 over the handy track to earn a final score of 358 for the win.
Amber Harte of Pittstown, NJ, was second riding Style, owned by Take The High Road, with scores of 163 and 185.5 for a 348.5 total. Third place was presented to Alexa Aureliano of Old Brookville, NY, and her own Qualitat after combing scores of 163 and 181 for a 344 total. Emma Weiss of New York, NY, and her own Cheveaux earned scores of 160.5 and 169 for a total of 329.5 and fourth place. Rounding out the top five, Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell of New York, NY, and her own Early Winter combined scores of 151 and 177 for a total 328.
“The handy is always my favorite round,” said Seaman, 28, who posted the top handy score of the day. “Scorekeeper is a super handy horse, and I actually breathe better going into the second round because that’s what he and I are best at.
“This is one of my favorite shows,” continued Seaman of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. “It is always the first show back after a little break from Florida, so the horses always feel nice, fresh, and well-rested.”
Seaman rides as an amateur, but competed against professionals, amateurs, and juniors alike in the international derby format on Saturday.
“As an amateur, you are hoping to do as well as the professionals, so to go in and win is an unexplainable and really exciting feeling,” she said. “I have had Skorekeeper for three years and done him consistently in the derbies and I have always come close, so to finally win is really exciting and a dream come true coming off what has been a year of dreams come true so far.”
For Harte, Saturday’s derby was her first with mount Style, and the pair was able to pull off a second-place ribbon.
“He is an incredible horse to ride,” she said of Style. “He is very scopey, and he handled it really well. The biggest thing that I have had to learn in riding that horse is that his stride is so big. You just go slowly and sit still. Sometimes for me that is hard.”
Fifteen-year-old Alexa Aureliano also experienced a first after recently moving up from exclusively piloting ponies to get the ride on Qualitat. Of their third-place finish in their first international derby together, Aureliano noted, “He kind of just took me right around. He is very special – he had some baby moments in the ring, but he was super good for his first real derby.”
Shawn Casady Wins $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, Presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Under 25 competition is in its second year at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows and saw a win for 22-year-old Shawn Casady of Midtown, TN, in the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, on Saturday.
Casady was the final rider in a six-horse jump-off riding Vanilla for Abigail Wexner. Crossing the timers clear in 43.298 seconds, Casady topped second-place finisher TJ O’Mara by half of a second for the win. O’Mara of Rumson, NJ, piloted Queen Jane, owned by Walstib Stables, LLC, to a final time of 43.770 seconds. Christina Firestone of Upperville, VA, finished third riding Arwen for Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone with the fastest four-fault jump-off round in 40.518 seconds. Sydney Shulman of Greenwich, CT, placed fourth riding Wamira, owned by BCF Group, LLC, with four faults in 44.875 seconds. Rounding out the top five, Lucy Deslauriers of New York, NY, piloted Curo to a rail and a time fault in 50.808 seconds for owner Mario Deslauriers.
“There weren’t too many places where you could take a shot,” said Casady, who rides for John and Beezie Madden based in Cazenovia, NY. “My strategy was to give her the best chance she could to do the numbers and hope that since I was on a little faster mover I could make the time. A half of a second is a little too close for comfort, but I am glad to win.”
Casady piloted Vanilla, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Nabab de Reve x Clinton), which is a former grand prix mount of Beezie Madden. According to Casady, the horse’s experience with Madden benefited him today, saying, “She has endless scope, a massive stride, and is as brave as they come. You can walk into any venue, any ring, and she is not going to blink an eye.”
O’Mara, 18, and Queen Jane had only been in one other jump-off before Saturday’s competition, but were the ones to beat until Casady’s final trip.
“She has always had the scope and the stride to do these classes,” said O’Mara of Queen Jane. “She was really a good prospect for me when we bought her. This past Florida we started really stepping her up into the bigger levels, the U25 classes, and the two stars. She’s coming along really nicely.”
Twenty-one-year-old Firestone rounded out the top three on a very familiar mount in Arwen. Bred by Firestone’s family, she got the ride on the 12-year-old mare at the start of its seven-year-old year.
“We’ve grown up together,” she said. “The biggest classes she has competed in are the biggest classes that I have done as well, and we’ve built a really good partnership over the years.”
Under 25 competition serves to bridge the gap between junior competition and the top grand prix level and has experienced popularity at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows during the past two years.
“As a young professional, I don’t have the financial backing to do this by myself,” concluded Casady. “This division gives me a place to showcase myself and to hopefully make a name for myself in order to break into the bigger classes and gain the support it takes to get to the top of the sport.”
Jumper competition reaches its peak on Sunday, May 21, when the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix CSI3*, presented by The Kincade Group, takes the stage at 2 p.m. The class will be available to view on the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows live stream at OldSalemFarm.net or USEFNetwork.com. Highlighting hunter competition on Sunday, Grand Champion honors will be presented for the Pony, Children’s, and Junior Hunter divisions.
Final Results: $35,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic CSI3*, presented by Wells Fargo, The Private Bank
1 STRANGER 30: 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Stakkato x Cheenook
ANDREW RAMSAY (USA), The Stranger Group: 0/0/31.99
2 TINA LA BOHEME: 2007 Selle Français mare by Calvaro Z x Arpege Pierreville*HN
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Susie Heller and McLain Ward: 0/0/32.11
3 CLAIFORNIA 62: 2004 Holsteiner mare by Cassini I x Galant Vert xx
ANDREW RAMSAY (USA), The California Group: 0/0/32.63
4 EDDIE BLUE: 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Zirocco Blue VDL x Marlon
DEVIN RYAN (USA), LL Show Jumpers, LLC: 0/0/32.90
5 BARDOLINA 2: 2009 Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x Landos
MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA), Wishing Well Farm, LLC: 0/0/33.70
6 CORNWALL BH: 2008 Holsteiner stallion by Con Air x Cambridge
AMANDA DERBYSHIRE (GBR), Gochman Sport Horse, LLC: 0/0/33.98
7 HILGARIE: 2007 Belgian Warmblood mare by Calvaro x Kashmir van Schuttershof
BRIANNE GOUTAL (USA), Remarkable Farms LP: 0/0/35.50
8 CON TAGGIO: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Contagio x Goliath Life
BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/4/32.48
9 LUIBANTA BH: 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Luidam x Abantos
AMANDA DERBYSHIRE (GBR), Gochman Sport Horse, LLC: 0/4/33.90
10 CONTESSINA DELLA CACCIA: 2008 Selle Français mare by Contefino x Cassini
MATTIAS TROMP (USA), McLain Ward: 0/8/34.68
11 SIMBA: 2006 Oldenburg gelding by Toulon x Argentinus
BEAT MANDLI (SUI), Grant Road Partners, LLC: 0/elim.
12 HH WHISKY ROYALE: 2005 Zangersheide gelding by Wonderful Van’t Beugehof x Kannan
QUENTIN JUDGE (USA), Double H Farm: 1/78.14
Final Results: $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by The Gochman Family
1 SKOREKEEPER: Callie Seaman, Callie Seaman
R1: 85.000 + 0, 86.000 + 0
R2: 85.000 + 0 + 7, 86.000 + 0 + 9
171 + 187 = 358
2 STYLE: Amber Harte, Take The High Road
R1: 80.000 + 4, 75.000 + 4
R2: 83.000 + 4 + 7, 80.500 + 4 + 7
163 + 185.5 = 348.5
3 QUALITAT: Alexa Aureliano, Alexa Aureliano
R1: 81.000 + 0, 82.000 + 0
R2: 84.000 + 0 + 6, 82.000 + 0 + 9
163 + 181 = 344
4 CHEVEAUX: Emma Weiss, Emma Weiss
R1: 79.500 + 0, 81.000 + 0
R2: 75.000 + 0 + 5, 81.000 + 0 + 8
160 + 169 = 329.5
5 EARLY WINTER: Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell, Aubrienne Krysiewicz-Bell
R1: 74.000 + 0, 77.000 + 0
R2: 82.000 + 0 + 5, 83.000 + 0 + 7
151 + 177 = 328
6 PAPPY VAN WINKLE: Madison Goetzmann, Gochman Sport Horse
R1: 77.000 + 0, 80.000 + 0
R2: 78.000 + 0 + 6, 76.000 + 0 + 8
157 + 168 = 325
7 ZAPATA: Jennifer Wright, Jennifer Wright
R1: 75.000 + 1, 74.000 + 1
R2: 77.000 + 2 + 3, 80.000 + 2 + 5
151 + 169 = 320
8 CADORETTO: Geoffrey Hesslink, Geoffrey Hesslink
R1: 86.000 + 2, 84.000 + 2
R2: 61.000 + 0 + 6, 60.000 + 0 + 6
174 + 133 = 307
9 COMMON SENSE: Alexandra Pielet, “Co-Pielet, LLC”
R1: 82.000 + 0, 78.000 + 0
R2: 65.000 + 1 + 6, 65.000 + 1 + 8
160 + 146 = 306
10 OUTSHINE: Alexandra Worthington, Alexandra Worthington
R1: 78.000 + 2, 76.500 + 2
R2: 45.000 + 1 + 7, 45.000 + 1 + 7
158 + 106 = 264.5
11 LOXLEY: Amanda Steege, “Finale Partners, LLC”
R1: 72.000 + 1, 76.000 + 1
R2: 44.000 + 3 + 7, 46.000 + 3 + 9
150 + 112 = 262
12 COMISSARIO: Laura Sexton, Laura Sexton
R1: 79.000 + 4, 79.000 + 4
166 + EL = 166
Final Results: $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate
1 VANILLA: 2002 Danish Warmblood mare by Nabab de Reve x Clinton
SHAWN CASADY (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/43.298
2 QUEEN JANE: 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare by Colman x Corland
TJ O’MARA (USA), Walstib Stables, LLC: 0/0/43.770
3 ARWEN: 2005 Dutch Warmblood mare by Indoctro x Olisco
CHRISTINA FIRESTONE (USA), Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone: 0/4/40.518
4 WAMIRA: 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare by Oklund x Animo
SYDNEY SHULMAN (USA), BCF Group, LLC: 0/4/44.875
5 CURO: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Cornado I x Padarco van het Hertsfeld
LUCY DESLAURIERS (USA), Mario Deslauriers, Inc.: 0/5/50. 808
6 TOSCA DU FEUGRE: 2007 Selle Français mare by Calvaro x Nidor Platiere
LAUREN FISCHER (USA), Cheryl Fischer: 0/17/54.881
7 VENICE: 2005 Swedish Warmblood mare by Cardento x Stanford
SYDNEY SHULMAN (USA), Jill Shulman: 4/75.369
8 LANEY: 2009 Warmblood mare by Languster Prydsholm x Concorde
MCKAYLA LANGMEIER (USA), Linda Langmeier: 4/76.590
9 DOMAN: 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Cardento
VICTORIA BRIDSALL (USA), Liberty Farm, LLC: 4/77.362
10 CARLINA: 2007 Holsteiner mare by Cartani
MAYA NAYYAR (USA), Maya Nayyar, LLC: 4/77.851
11 CASHEW CR: 2008 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini II x Quinar
ALEX MATZ (USA), Dorothy Matz: 4/78.743
12 COLORADO: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Darco x Voltaire
TEGAN ELIZABETH TREACY (USA), Tegan Elizabeth Treacy: 4/82.349