By Summer Grace / EQ Media
North Salem, N.Y. — Sept. 25, 2020 —Friday morning kicked off another full day of hunter, jumper and equitation competition at Old Salem Farm for the Fall Series. Week III has been the most popular week of the series for entries. Professional Holly Orlando piloted Fable to the championship of the combined Performance Hunters 3’3” and 3’6” division. On the Grand Prix Field, young amateur Delaney Hamill took the top position aboard her own RMF Corvich in the $1,000 1.30m Open Jumper Stake, presented by Voltaire Design.
Holly Orlando, from Wellington, Florida, was nearly impossible to beat during the first day of competition in the Performance Hunter division, picking up a blue ribbon in each class. Orlando piloted two different mounts to the front of the pack in the over fences, first with James Anderson’s Fable, and then with Privet Farm LLC’s Park City.
Both returned to the show ring today for the conclusion of the division, but it was the 8-year-old Warmblood gelding Fable (Coupe De Alb x Queen T) that earned the tricolor ribbon.
“We imported Fable a little over a year ago, and he was a great pre-green horse,” Orlando said. “He did start in the first years but we had to take a big break in showing, due to COVID-19, so he will be reinstated as a first-year horse next year.”
She added that Anderson will show Fable in the 3’6” amateurs. Orlando and her business partner, Jenny Dunion, operate together out of Evermore Inc. and credit much of the farm’s success to their clientele and the quality of the horses.
“I started off just by riding some horses for Jenny and then it turned into more of a business partnership because we work so well together,” she said. “We try to be really nice to our horses so they enjoy their work and we are lucky to have such a pleasant group of clients and a variety of horses.”
Delaney Hamill Pilots RMF Corvich to Winning Round in $1,000 1.30m Open Jumper Stake, Presented by Voltaire Design
Hamill, a resident of Buffalo, New York, says she barely had time to prepare for her performance in the jumper stake. She is a first-year student at the New York Law School and barely made it from class to the competition ring.
“I didn’t even get to walk my course because I was still in my class at school,” Hamill said. “Fortunately for me, Ilan [Bluman] offered to walk for me, and so I was only able to get there about five minutes before I had to get on.”
Hamill and RMF Corvich easily led the pack of 27 entries as they produced the fastest time of the entire group after crossing the timers in 59.403 seconds fault-free. She and the 12-year-old Holsteiner stallion (Caretino x Heissa) have been paired since February.
“He is a very quirky horse, but fast and extremely careful,” she said. “We have this running joke that each time I take him in a competition I either fall off or go clear.”
Victor Amaya of Ocean, New Jersey nabbed the runner-up position on Jessica Robson’s Guetta. He and the 9-year-old KWPN gelding (Nabab De Reve x Selvira) broke the beam in 60.129 seconds just ahead of third place winner Coco Fath. Fath and Hillside Farm LLC’s 9-year-old KWPN gelding Gaucho (Spartacus TN x Rachel) rounded out the top three with a clear effort in 60.848 seconds.
Competition will highlight amateur hunter riders by featuring the Adult Amateur division as well as the Amateur-Owners, while jumpers will take to the grass Grand Prix Field for the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic which has moved in the schedule to 8 a.m.
Final Results: $1,000 1.30m Open Jumper Classic, presented by Voltaire Design
1 RMF CORVICH: 2008 Holsteiner stallion by Caretino x Heissa
DELANEY HAMILL(USA), Delaney Hamill: 0/59.403
2 GUETTA: 2011 KWPN gelding by Nabab De Reve x Selvira
VICTOR AMAYA (USA), Jessica Robson: 0/60.129
3 GAUCHO: 2011 KWPN gelding by Spartacus TN x Rachel
COCO FATH (USA), Hillside Farm LLC: 0/60.848
4 FARRERO: 2010 KWPN gelding by Boss x Bo
RODRIGO PESSOA (BRA), Hillside Farm LLC: 0/60.928
5 CAP DIAMOND D’HOF TEN BOS: 2008 Belgian Warmblood stallion by Diamant De Semilly x Loretta
ELLE HAYMOND (USA), Elle Haymond: 0/61.264
6 STAKKI 6: 2013 Hanoverian gelding by Stakkato Gold x Adelaide
LILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm LLC: 0/62.102
7 SS KOBALT: 2010 Warmblood gelding by Kumano x Hochtaler
JUAN LAVIERI (USA), Juan Lavieri: 0/63.093
8 INCOGNITO: 2013 KWPN gelding by Baltic VDL x Sweet Dream
DAVID TROMP (USA), David Tromp Show Stables, Inc: 0/63.434
9 DONGGALA: 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare
ALLISON EPSTEIN (ISR), R.J. Equestrian Group: 0/64.152