Kathryn Mc Carthy stands with Cool De Reve, Michael DelFiandra and Vanessa Roman of Grafton Ridge with John Y.G. Walker III and Kim Beckwith Walker. Photo by SEL Photography

By Summer Grace / EQ Media Agency

North Salem, NY — Sept. 19, 2020 —The final day of competition during the Week II of the Old Salem Farm Fall Series kicked off Saturday morning. Sixteen junior horse-and-rider combinations were poised and ready to display their best efforts against Paul Jewell’s track in the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 2 Championship, while jumper competitors prepared for the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic. Young riders from across the region produced top rounds in the championship class but ultimately, Kathryn Mc Carthy of New Canaan, Connecticut, sealed the deal with her own Cool De Reve.

The NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Championship is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders. Its winners are some of the most illustrious names in equestrian sport.

Each year, hundreds of the top junior riders compete to qualify for the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Championship at thousands of shows across the country for the honor to compete at the finals.

This year, the qualification process for the 2020 NHAA/ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships was amended so that riders who qualified for the finals were eligible to compete in the regionals, though it was not required. They also added that the top-placing, non-qualified rider in each regional competition would qualify for the Finals.

Kathryn Mc Carthy and Cool De Reve. Photo by SEL Photography

“The course I built today set all of the riders up for success,” said Jewell. “It was a challenging course with details such as triple bars and Swedish oxers, but it also allowed them time to breathe between some of the jumps. I feel most of the riders left with a positive experience.”

Of the 16 original combinations, judges Jeffrey Ayers and Walter (Timmy) Kees were in agreement that Mc Carthy’s solid round led the pack.

“Our champion had the most consistent round of all the riders,” Ayers said. “The second and third place winners were only slightly less consistent but still at a very elite level and in that way the class almost pinned itself.”

Despite being entirely new to the world of equitation when she partnered with Cool De Reve, Mc Carthy, who is in her final junior year, learned quickly from the 14-year-old Selle Francais gelding. The pair won several classes during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington and qualified for both the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay National Championship and the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals.

“This horse has been a great teacher for Kathryn and together they have qualified for several top equitation events, so we are very excited for indoor season,” said Grafton Ridge head trainer Michael DelFiandra.

Mc Carthy takes all her show ring cues from DelFiandra and his business partner, Vanessa Roman and credits them for her success.

“I went in the ring pretty nervous today because this is only my second Regionals but this horse is really everything I could ever imagine in an equitation horse. He took very good care of me today,” Mc Carthy said.

Ella Kraut and Limoncello Z. Photo by SEL Photography

“One thing I was happy about was that I did not rush as much as I anticipated, which is something my trainers and I have been working on quite a bit at home,” she added.

Mc Carthy spends the bulk of her time at the farm in her role as a working student. She said that because of her position, she benefits from training and hands-on horsemanship.

“The barn is everywhere and everything for me,” Mc Carthy said. “This is what I want to do with my life.”

Finalists from across the country will head to the National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park to determine the final outcome and 2020 winner of the coveted class.

Ella Kraut of Devon, Pennsylvania, piloted Chloe Doherty’s 13-year-old Zangersheide gelding Limoncello Z (Lupicor x Mompty) to second-place honors. Kraut trains with Olympic gold-medalist Chris Kappler. Bedford, New York’s Emily Aitken, trained by Gabrielle Hero, rode Katie Abajian’s 11-year-old Swedish Warmblood gelding Lambada to round out the top three.

Saturday’s class was presented by John Y.G. Walker III, first vice president of the NHSAA and his wife Kim Beckwith Walker.

“The National Horse Show will take place Oct. 23-Nov. 3 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, with all the appropriate COVID precautions,” Walker said. “We are very much looking forward to it!.”

For more information on the Maclay Finals visit:


Lillie Keenan and Stakki 6. Photo by SEL Photography

Lillie Keenan and Stakki 6 Steal the Show in the
$10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic 

Hot on the heels of her victory in the $1,000 1.30m Open Jumper Stake earlier in the week,  Lillie Keenan (USA) led Stakki 6 to a second victory. The 2013 NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Finals champion won the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic. The first round course, set at a solid 1.35 meters, tasked riders with an efficient track to be completed in 75.00 seconds.

Keenan faced 32 top combinations including Olympians Leslie Howard and Rodrigo Pessoa, but with three elite mounts the 23-year-old athlete gave herself some good odds. Ten of the original starting field passed Jewell’s first test and moved on to the jump-off phase.

Keenan’s other equine partners included Double H Farm’s Giorgio Van’t Hagenhof, who had an unlucky four faults in the opening round and Chansonette Farm LLC’s El Balou Old. She and the 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Eldorado VD Zeshoek x Sunshine’s Botox) also produced a clear round and moved on to place eighth after the jump off.

It was Keenan’s youngest mount, the 7-year-old gelding Stakki 6, a Hanoverian gelding (Stakkato Gold x Adelaide), that proved unbeatable after racing through the final timers in 37.851 seconds of the 50.000 allowed.

Final Results: $10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic 

1 STAKKI 6: 2013 Hanoverian gelding by Stakkato Gold x Adelaide
LILLIE KEENAN(USA), Chansonette Farm LLC: 0/0/37.851

2 SAMURAI 501: 2008 Westphalian stallion by Stalypso x Freixenet
RODRIGO PESSOA(BRA), Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 0/0/39.817

3 LA CARAMBA: 2010 Holsteiner mare by Carambole x Welcome Cor
RODRIGO PESSOA(BRA, Artemis Equestrian Farm LLC: 0/0/40.257

4 CLARINA: 2011 Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x Ustharia
KRISTY HERRERA(USA), Caroline Ellis:

5 JOY NONSTOP VD MOORSKESHOEVE: 2009 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Non Stop x Orpas

6 MILAN IV: 2005 Holsteiner gelding by Lasino x Oki Doki
DELANEY FLYNN(USA), Grace Jacobsen: 0/4/36.993

7 FATIMA: 2010 Dutch Warmblood mare by Clinton x Unknown
KATIE LYNCH(USA), David Hopper: 0/4/38.367

8 EL BALOU OLD: 2012 Oldenburg gelding by Eldorado VD Zeshoek x Sunshine’s Botox
LILLIE KEENAN(USA), Chansonette Farm LLC:

9 CHARLY GLB: 2011 Westphalian gelding by Comme II Faut 5 x Carina
CHELSEA MOSS(USA), Pablo Mejia: 0/4/41.189

10 GAUGUIN: 2011 KWPN gelding by VDL Groep Zagreb x Dulci

11 GK CALIFORNIA: 2010 Hanoverian gelding by Cosido x Ilona IV
LAUREN FISCHER(USA), Lauren Fischer: 0/4/44.370

12 MY JEWEL’S MAGIC TOUCH: 2012 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Stakkato x A-Jewels Touch
RODRIGO PESSOA(BRA), Jewel Court Stud USA LLC: 0/4/44.727