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$100,000 Grand Prix

Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet Stay Clear for Victory in $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group North Salem, NY – May 19, 2013 – Three teenagers and a veteran rounded out the jump-off in the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group, and the first to go in was the one to return to the winner's circle. Nineteen-year-old Katie Dinan of New York, NY, and her energetic partner Nougat du Vallet were double clear to win the biggest class of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, which ran May 7-12 and 14-19. Today's competition concluded two great weeks of equestrian sport in North Salem with incredible entries and top horses and riders.

The $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix had 37 competitors, and they rode over a course designed by Anthony D'Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. Riding second in the order, Dinan and “Nougat,” a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D'elle, made it look easy as they bounded through the course for the first clear round. They returned first for the jump-off and set a quick pace and the only clear round in 39.898 seconds.

Dinan felt that going early in the class was an advantage in today's rainy conditions. “Going early in situations like this helps a little bit because the footing is only going to get worse, not better. I tried to get a really good idea of what I was doing when I walked the course,” she explained. “We had a lot of time to do that, so I had a really good plan coming in. I think the main thing is that when the footing gets a little bit deep in the field, the jumps ride a little bit bigger than you expect. I tried to take that into account and think of a few oxers early on and get my horse feeling confident. But he couldn't have jumped any better.”

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Nineteen-year-old Meg O'Mara of Rumson, NJ, was next in on Aragon Rouet, a 2000 BWP gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Remondo, owned by Walstib Stables LLC. They pulled a rail at the first jump and had another jump down for eight faults in 45.182 seconds for fourth place.

O'Mara partnered with Aragon Rouet at the beginning of 2012, but this year the big chestnut was coming back from an injury. “Last week was our first big class back together,” she related. “It's just really getting experience and going around the big classes. I did not think I'd go clear at all! But he was so good today and it was a good course for him. It was hard, but with the hard courses he always does better, and he's really good on grass.”

Regarding her jump-off ride, she commented, “I've done very few jump-offs with him, so I'm not used to doing these big jump-offs. I didn't have enough impulsion to the first jump and then I tried to be a little too neat. But he was so good and I'm really happy.”

Eighteen-year-old Mattias Tromp of North Salem, NY, contested the jump-off next on Casey (left), a KWPN gelding by Ircolando x Ferro, owned by Beyaert Farm Inc. They had one fence down and stopped the timers in 46.092 seconds for third place. “I saw Katie go very fast,” Tromp recalled. “My plan was to have a nice, efficient clear round, but not to catch Katie's time. After I had my rail at 13b, I immediately hit the brakes and just tried to have the rest of the jumps up.”

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Tromp started riding Casey two years ago and started at Level 2 and 3 Jumpers. “We've stepped up consistently since then and now we're doing this less than a year and a half later,” he said. “I just finished high school and just turned professional this week. This was a good start!”

Last to go in the jump-off were last week's grand prix winners, Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL, and Legacy Stables' Uraguay. Minikus looked to be on pace for another win, but after a rail, they continued through the course to finish in 41.930 seconds and second place.

Minikus recounted his plan for the jump-off, “I was in the driver's seat getting to go last, and watching Katie go on Nougat, she was quick enough. She was a little slow on the turn back, I thought, from the combination to the oxer, and then going across the ring to the ditch. I thought she had a nice round, but it was definitely catchable. My horse jumped a great jump at number one and then I thought I was going to be cute and just turn back on the vertical and he rolled it off. And that was it, she wins.”

Minikus and Uraguay, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino, were one of the most competitive pairs at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, having won the Sunday grand prix during week one, placing third in Friday's grand prix in week two, and their second place finish today. “The only thing that could have been better was if we won all three of them,” he smiled, “but overall, that was some really nice show jumping for Uraguay.”

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Todd Minikus and Uraguay

For Dinan, this was a turning point for her year. Having just finished her freshman year at Harvard University on Saturday, she returned to Old Salem Farm ready to prepare for a big summer of competition. “He had last week off. I showed him in a 1.40m class on Thursday and he jumped really well, (and then) I had to go finish up at school. I officially finished my freshman year yesterday, so I told everyone I was going to be in a really good mood on Sunday, no matter what! Now I'm extra happy,” she beamed.

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Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet

Dinan puts her win here among the top on her list of accolades. “For prize money-wise, this is the biggest grand prix I've ever won, and it's really exciting. My other horse Glory Days was really good. We were one of the faster four-faulters and finished seventh. I thought it was one of our better grand prix rounds we've done. It was really nice to end on that note with both of them because we go to Spruce Meadows in two weeks,” she said.

Like many other top riders at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, Dinan was happy to have the grass field here to compete on before heading out for the summer circuit in Calgary. “This is a great way to prepare for that,” she acknowledged. “There are not many fields like this that we get to compete on. I always love this horse show for that reason because it's just so much fun.”

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Katie Dinan and Nougat du Vallet with ringmaster Alan Keely, Viviane Malloy from the Bergdorf Goodman family, along with Gretchen, Kirsten, and Stephen Kincade of The Kincade Group

Final Results: $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group

1 NOUGAT DU VALLET: 2001 Selle Francais gelding by Scherif D'elle KATHERINE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners: 0/0/39.898

2 URAGUAY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino TODD MINIKUS (USA), Legacy Stables, LLC: 0/4/41.930

3 CASEY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Ircolando x Ferro MATTIAS TROMP (USA), Beyaert Farm LLC: 0/4/46.092

4 ARAGON ROUET: 2000 BWP gelding by Baloubet du Rouet x Remondo MEG O'MARA (USA), Walstib Stables LLC: 0/8/45.182

5 ANY GIVEN SUNDAY: 2003 Oldenburg stallion Indoctro x Condor DARRAGH KENNY (IRL), Hays Investment Corp: 1/85.097

6 ZERLY: 2004 KPWN mare by Querlybet Hero x Carthago CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 4/80.268

7 GLORY DAYS: 2001 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Cardento 933 x Diamond Serpent KATIE DINAN (USA), Grant Road Partners, LLC: 4/81.282

8 WANNAHAVE: 2003 KWPN gelding by Manhattan x G. Ramiro Z MCLAIN WARD (USA), The Wannahave Group: 4/82.325

9 UTAH: 2001 KWPN gelding by Andiamo x Jus De Pomme LESLIE HOWARD (USA), The Utah Group: 4/83.038

10 PUMPED UP KICKS: 2003 Brandenburg gelding by Levisto x San Juan LILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm LLC: 4/83.496

11 PRIMO DE REVEL: 2001 BWP gelding by Quinault x Lys de Darmen PAUL O'SHEA (IRL), Michael Hayden: 4/84.645

12 KISMET 50: 2001 BWP mare by Kannan x Furioso II CANDICE KING (USA), Bellissimo, LLC: 4/84.861

Junior and Amateur Jumpers Take to the Field

The $15,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic had 34 entries. Two were able to go clear in the first round, but after Michael Hughes and Luxina withdrew for the jump-off, it was an automatic win for Lillie Keenan and Londinium. The fastest four-faulter in the first round for third place was Philip Richter on Ray Ray. Keenan won a gift certificate from Der Dau.

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Lillie Keenan and Londinium

While Keenan said she “doesn't like winning by default,” she was happy to gain another victory and wished the best for Hughes and his horse. She has ridden her recent High Junior Jumper partner Londinium, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Lord Pezi x Cascadeur, since January of this year. Keenan noted that Londinium had plenty of experience on grass having shown in Europe with his previous owner, who had him since he was four years old. In her own riding, she planned to “ride a little defensively” with today's inclement weather.

She explained, “I can trust my horse, but you never know what can happen if they slip or have bad luck. No matter the conditions, he's careful. He's able to be careful without scaring himself. I went last (in the first round), and watching most of the class and only seeing Michael have a clear round - and he rode great - I knew I really had to step it up. I worried about jumping clear and wasn't worried about the time. The field held up better than I thought it would.”

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Keenan credited her horse as well as her trainer, Andre Dignelli. “Having Andre at the in-gate gives me a lot of confidence,” she said.

Keenan said that Londinium fits in well with her other jumpers, being a light-boned type of horse, and that they “bonded pretty quickly.” She pointed out, “He's a really special horse. It's not often you can find a horse like this. There is something that makes him like no other that we have. He's really part of the family for us now. My mom loves him.”

Keenan continued, “I like having a light-boned horse. My mom grew up riding Thoroughbreds, so she obviously likes that. I think I match better with them. I'm not a big guy; I'm a girl and I'm small. I'm not the strongest ride here physically. Vanhattan, a horse I've had for longer (the pair was second in yesterday's Speed Derby), he can really run. I never have to muscle him.”

While they use loose ring bits at home to school, Keenan feels that her light, forward horses are a great fit for her, and that's due in large part to the program at Heritage Farm. “We have nice horses, but they're maintained so well.”

In addition to her success in the jumper ring, Keenan swept top honors in the hunter ring. Riding Brodeur (right), she was champion in the Small Junior Hunter division. Their four blue ribbons also gave them the Grand Junior Hunter Championship. Brodeur, a six-year-old Warmblood gelding, is owned by Madeline Placey.

Keenan had another win in the equitation as well in the Governor's Perpetual Hunt Seat Trophy class with Clearway. Kelli Cruciotti and Monterrey were second, while Sydney Shulman and Eli finished third.

For all of her top finishes, Keenan was named the Best Junior Rider on a Horse.

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Michael Hughes and Splash

The $5,000 Low Junior Jumper Classic was the opening class on the Grand Prix Field this morning and was sponsored by Kaplow Insurance Agency and Catlin Insurance Company. Twenty-six entries contested, and six of those went through to the jump-off. Michael Hughes and Splash were the fastest of two double clears in the jump-off for the win in 31.700 seconds. Jacqueline Shilen and Wenda AK were second in 41.982 seconds. Finishing with four faults in the jump-off in 33.518 seconds, Anna Cardelfe and Firenze van de Cadzondhoeve were third.

Kenzie Snyder and Waterloo were also the fastest of two double clears in a six-horse jump-off, this time out of 27 original entries in the $5,000 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. They finished in 34.533 seconds for victory. Just off the pace in 35.258 seconds, Michelle Kamine and Loreana were second. With four faults and a time of 34.447 seconds, Christina Fried and Winchester were third.

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Kenzie Snyder and Waterloo

Grand Champion Awards for Hunters

Grand Pony Hunter Champion and winner of the “JetSetter Challenge Trophy” donated by Grand Central Show Stables: Blueberry Hill, ridden by Coco Fath and owned by Jordyn Rose Freedman, champion in the Small Pony Hunters sponsored by Gotham North

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Coco Fath and Blueberry Hill

Best Junior Rider on a Pony and winner of a pitcher award: Daisy Farish, who won the Medium Pony Hunter championship with Redfield Farm's Sassafras Creek, and winner of $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic sponsored by Gotham North on Beau Rivage

Best Child Rider on a Pony: Claudia Robinson, who competed in the Children's Pony Hunters Small/Medium with Jay Sargent's Happy Feet

Grand Children's Hunter Champion and winner of the “Shades of Gray” trophy donated by MeadowView Farm: Samantha Cohen, for the second week in a row, who won the Children's Hunter 14 & Under division championship with Sirius Black, owned by Christina Gellos

Best Children's Rider on a Horse: Samantha Cohen

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Samantha Cohen and Sirius Black

Grand Children's Pony Hunter Champion: Katie George on Everwood, owned by Celeste Hylton

Leading Hunter Rider Award sponsored by The Gochman Family and awarded a Der Dau gift certificate: Louise Serio

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows celebrate its 31st year in 2013 and offer two weeks of exceptional equestrian sport on May 7-12 and May 14–19 at one of the nation’s premier and newly renovated equestrian facilities, Old Salem Farm, in North Salem, New York. Old Salem’s beautifully manicured grounds, list of elite horses and riders, and fantastic social gatherings draw spectators from Westchester County and beyond to watch horses and ponies of every size compete for almost $500,000 in prize money. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from across the country. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/mayhome.

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Grand Prix

 

Christine McCrea and Zerly

Christine McCrea Does It Again! Zerly is Victorious in $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem

North Salem, NY – May 17, 2013 – For the second week in a row, Christine McCrea of East Windsor, CT, won the Friday grand prix event at the Old Salem Spring Horse Show. She and Zerly were fastest to win the $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem presented by The Hakim Family over World Cup champion Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo and last week's Sunday grand prix winners, Todd Minikus and Uraguay.

Today's grand prix had 60 entries, and nine of those advanced to the jump-off over a course designed by Anthony D'Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY. Coming back first in the jump-off was Karen Polle on With Wings. They set a good pace in 42.076 seconds with a clear round, which would place her fourth at the end of the class.

 Two horses later, Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Ranch's Coral Reef Via Volo had an efficient clear trip in 40.776 seconds for second place. Another two horses later, it was McCrea and Zerly, owned by Candy Tribble and Windsor Show Stables, who would set the winning pace in 39.337 seconds. Todd Minikus and Uraguay were also clear, but with a slightly slower time of 41.511 seconds for third place.

McCrea said of her jump-off, “Beezie was perfection. She rode her jump-off amazing. Her horse is a little bit slower through the air and Zerly is lightning fast. She's fast across and the ground and fast in the air. To be honest, I think she's just a faster horse. I don't think I really did anything superhuman or anything like that.”

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Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo

Zerly has started this year strong, including a victory in the WEF Challenge Cup series this winter. Last week, she was “very, very wild,” McCrea mentioned. They were fast with four faults in the Sunday grand prix for 11th place. Coming into today, McCrea wanted to work on rideability and getting Zerly quiet enough for the show ring.

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Christine McCrea and Zerly

“She's very brave and she doesn't mind anything. I knew if she was quiet enough, I could ride her. She tries really hard every time. I thought she'd be good. I didn't know I was going to win!” she said with a smile. “She's best when she's very quiet in the schooling area. When you go in the ring with her, she goes up about 10 gears. When she's wild in the schooling area, I know I'm in trouble because I go in the ring and have no control. She was very quiet in the schooling area today and was all about her business today.”

McCrea won yesterday in the 8 Year Old Young Jumpers with a horse she is very excited about, but said that Zerly leads the list of her up-and-coming mounts. “I know I said I was obsessed with my eight-year-old, but I'm even more obsessed with this horse. I think she's the best horse I've ever ridden,” she revealed. “She has all the scope and all the carefulness. The only thing is that she's nine, which is to my advantage. I think a lot of her. Hopefully in the next coming year she'll gain some experience and be ready for some big stuff and we will aim for championships. She's capable of it. I know it's in there.”

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Christine McCrea and Zerly with Kamran Hakim of Old Salem Farm

This is McCrea's second Friday grand prix win at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. She related, “It's awesome. It's been an amazing two weeks for me here.”

Grooms competed in two special classes this afternoon and were rewarded for their efforts with $5,000 in prize money, thanks to class sponsors Ilan Ferder Stables, JET Show Stables, CEO Stables, McLain Ward Inc., and Stronghold Equine Equipment.

$5,000 Hunter Groom's Class Horse, Groom, Owner

1 AATE', EFREN REBOLLO, BRIGHT STAR 158, LLC

2 CINEMAGIC, HECTOR HERNANDEZ, BRYAN BALDWIN/MERALEX FARM

3 SAFE HAVEN, VICTORIA GRAUER, COPPERLINE FARM LLC,

4 DARWIN, JESUS ESCALERA, KELLY TROPIN

5 CHABLIS, JUAN HURTADO, GREAT SPAN LLC

6 ZILVER STAR, MIGUEL PEREZ, STONE HORSE FARM, LLC

7 DO TELL, ALEJANDRO DURON, BRIDGET HALLMAN

8 CASHMIRE, MIGUEL BELMONTES, STACEY SHORE WERNER, STACEY SHORE

8 SIENNA, BETO VALADEZ, LEXI MAOUNIS

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Efren Rebollo and Bright Star 158 LLC's Aate won the Hunter Groom's Class and Hector Hernandez, with Cinemagic owned by Bryan Baldwin and Meralex Farm, was second. They are pictured here with trainer Louise Serio.

$5,000 Jumper Groom's Class Horse, Groom, Owner

1 UMORA, FELIPE “PEDRINHA” COLOMBO, PAULO SALLES

2 KADANS WEBSTER, RAMIRO TRINIDAD, ALLISON TOFFOLON

3 UP STREAM, CHERYL MAZALESKI, UP THE CREEK FARM

4 SHANDOR 41, DAVID VALDIVIA, BROOK FARM LLC,

5 CASALITA 2, JENNIFER ROWLAND, JENNIFER ROWLAND

6 MACARTHUR, VICENTE CRUZ, VICENTE, SUSAN FRIED

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Felipe "Pedrinha" Colombo won the Jumper Groom's Class with Paulo Salles' Umora

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show continues tomorrow with the $20,000 Speed Derby of North Salem at 2 pm, and the highlight class of the day, the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate at 4 pm. The Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion will be honored, and there are three jumper classics: the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Jumper Classic, the $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper Classic sponsored by Aden Brook, and the $7,500 Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.

For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net, and for full results, please visit www.horseshowsonline.com.

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Saturday, May 18 Competition – 2 pm: $20,000 Speed Derby of North Salem 3-4 pm: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Social sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance Competition – 4 pm: $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate 5-6:30 pm ASPCA Equine Advocacy Reception, Join VIP bartenders Beezie & John Madden, Georgina Bloomberg and Prince Lorenzo Borghese of ABC’s The Bachelor, 100% of tips go to ASPCA Equine Advocacy efforts. (R.S.V.P. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 212-8767700, x 4676)

Sunday, May 19 Highlight Competition – 2:30 pm: $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group 11 am – 4 pm: ASPCA Adoption Day! Meet rescued dogs, cats, and miniature horses looking for forever homes!

For those who can't make it out this weekend, but still want to watch great hunter/jumper action, our two main events - The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate, on May 18, and the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on May 19 - will be live streamed on USEF Network presented by Smartpak. The entire Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show is also live streamed at www.shownet.biz!

Final Results: $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem presented by The Hakim Family

1 ZERLY: 2004 KPWN mare by Querlybet Hero x Carthago CHRISTINE MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables: 0/0/39.337

0 CORAL REEF VIA VOLO: 1998 BWP mare by Clinton x Heartbreaker BEEZIE MADDEN (USA), Coral Reef Ranch: 0/0/40.776

3 URAGUAY: 2001 KWPN gelding by Nairobi x Colino TODD MINIKUS (USA), Legacy Stables, LLC: 0/0/41.511

4 WITH WINGS: 2003 KWPN gelding by Larino x L. Ronald KAREN POLLE (USA), Karen Polle: 0/0/42.076

5 TIC TAC: 2003 SBS stallion by Clinton x Darco LESLIE HOWARD (USA), Jane Clark: 0/4/40.652

6 ROUNDTHORN MADIOS: 2002 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Condios x Clover Hill LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/4/40.811

7 PRIMO DE REVEL: 2001 BWP gelding by Quinault x Lys de Darmen PAUL O'SHEA (IRL), Michael Hayden: 0/4/45.662

8 PUMPED UP KICKS: 2003 Brandenburg gelding by Levisto x San Juan LILLIE KEENAN (USA), Chansonette Farm LLC: 0/8/44.533

9 STAKKARO: 2003 Hanoverian stallion by Stakkaro by Calvaro MARTIN GUERRA (MEX), Martin Guerra: 0/8/44.791

10 SANDOR DE LA POMME: 2002 SBS gelding by Vigo D'arsouilles x Darco MCLAIN WARD (USA), The Wannahave Group: 4/78.568

11 CATHARINA 9: 2004 Mecklenburg mare by Cellestial x Monsum LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms LLC: 4/78.843

12 ROTHCHILD: 2001 Belgian Sport Horse gelding by Artos x Elegant De L’Ile MCLAIN WARD (USA), Sagamore Farms:4/79.068

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows celebrate its 31st year in 2013 and offer two weeks of exceptional equestrian sport on May 7-12 and May 14–19 at one of the nation’s premier and newly renovated equestrian facilities, Old Salem Farm, in North Salem, New York. Old Salem’s beautifully manicured grounds, list of elite horses and riders, and fantastic social gatherings draw spectators from Westchester County and beyond to watch horses and ponies of every size compete for almost $500,000 in prize money. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from across the country. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/mayhome.

Photo Credit:© The Book LLC. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and with proper credit.

 

Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champion

Stephanie Riggio and Saline Are Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champions at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show North Salem, NY

May 16, 2013 – The Adult Amateur Hunter competitors were featured today at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show, and it was Stephanie Riggio of New York, NY, and her mount Saline who took top honors as the Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champions. In the Grand Prix Field, the Young Jumpers started the morning, and Mario Deslauriers and Christine McCrea each took home a win. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show continues through Sunday, May 19, when the featured event, the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by The Kincade Group, takes place.

Along with their Grand Champion Award, Riggio and Saline, a 15-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare by Cortus, were the Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter champions and won the $500 Marshall & Sterling Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. The pair placed first, first, second, and sixth in their division over fences. With more points over fences, they won the championship over Corvet Z, ridden by Sarah Cohen and owned by Streett Moore, who received first, first, and second places over fences and sixth under saddle.

For their Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Championship, Saline and Riggio were presented with the Margaret Hausman Sarasohn Memorial Challenge Trophy.

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Stephanie Riggio and Saline with their trophy

Coming back for the second round of the classic, Riggio and Saline were the top scorers. “It's always a little nerve-wracking to come back on top, especially with Sandy Epstein,” Riggio remarked. “She laid down such a nice trip. I knew I had to rise to the occasion. Saline gets a little nervous with water trucks, and when they were in the schooling area, I felt her kind of holding her breath. I came around one turn and I forgot what to do when she gets nervous. We had a deep one to the single oxer, and it came down to a quarter of a point. Sometimes the dice just roll in your favor, and that happened to us today.”

Sandra Epstein and Smart Assets placed second in the Classic.

Today's victory was another championship to add to their list of accolades, but it was a somewhat emotional win for Riggio. She explained, “Last winter we weren't sure if we'd ever get her back, so just the fact that she's back and winning, and winning the classic, is really huge. I can't stop smiling. I'm just so happy.”

 After more than a year off, Saline came back to the show ring in Florida for one week. This was her second show since February of 2012. Keeping Saline fit was an easy goal to accomplish, Riggio said. “She loves to work; that's probably her best attribute, how much fun she has doing her job,” she went on to say. “It's not challenging getting her back in shape because she thinks all of the flatwork, cavalettis, poles on the ground, and gymnastics are a blast. It's really fun to work with her.”

“She's a really big mare. She's very heavy (looking) and she's curvy,” she smiled. “Sometimes I forget how big she is until I hop down off of her and I realize that she's almost 17 hands. She's got such a neck on her that the ribbon barely fit around it!”

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Stephanie Riggio and Saline

Despite her size, Riggio said she “has the softest mouth.” “Usually she goes in a rubber snaffle. She doesn't ride like a strong horse. She's very easy to get exactly in the right spot,” she added.

Riggio was happy to win at Old Salem Farm, a show she has attended since she was young. She mentioned, “We've been coming to this horse show since I was a kid and we absolutely love it here, especially when the weather is as beautiful as it is today. It's just such a heavenly place to horse show.”

Winners in the Adult Amateur Hunter divisions this week received gift certificates from Dyer Equestrian. The champion of the Adult Amateur 36-45 division was Lulu, ridden by Bridget Hallman and owned by Hallman and Merrylegs South. Hundred Acre, ridden and owned by Barbara Spizzirro, was reserve champion. Sutton Place won for the second week in a row in the Adult Amateur 46 & Over Hunters with Katie Robinson for KJ Robinson LLC, while Revelstoke, ridden by Louise Otten for Annie Phillips, was reserve champion.

Young Jumpers Learn the Ropes

In today's Young Jumper Championship 8 Year Old class, Christine McCrea and Ronaldo de la Pomme were one of seven clear rounds out of 15 entries in the class. They finished in 35.521 seconds in the jump-off to win over Darragh Kenny on Cequila and Candice King with Antigone Quality. This week's course designer is Anthony D'Ambrosio of Red Hook, NY.

McCrea found Ronaldo de la Pomme, an eight-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Stakkato x Darco, in Belgium last fall, but it was not love at first sight. “To look at, he's not maybe the most attractive animal. He's kind of short. (When I first saw him), I was like, 'Is this a joke? He's a pony!' Then you get on and he's electric,” she said. “He's like a bouncing ball and he can do things that other horses find so difficult. He can twist himself inside out. He's an absolute blast to ride. I'm obsessed with him.”

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Christine McCrea and Ronaldo de la Pomme

She continued, “He's eight years old, but it's like he's 12 years old. He's so straightforward and he wants to do the right thing every time. He wants to win more than I do, I think. He could do it without me. He's really fast, he turns on a dime, and he's not afraid of anything. He has the biggest heart and that goes a long way.”

McCrea said he great personality in the ring translates to the barn too. “I call him 'Mushball.' He's mushy and adorable,” she expressed. “He rests his chin on your shoulder and he has the best personality.”

McCrea said that the grass grand prix field helped her young horse get a good education. “As hard as (the course) was, it was good for the horses. They learn from it. It's why we came, to be honest,” she revealed. “This show, for the young horses, they learn so much on this field. It's invaluable to their upbringing. This is our warm-up for Spruce Meadows.”

Mario Deslauriers was in full agreement on how the field helps young horses. He and Scout de la Cense, a seven-year-old Selle Francais gelding by Easy Boy x Crazyhorse of Coco, won this morning's Young Jumper Championship 7 Year Old class. They beat a field of 20 horses for the win in 37.189 seconds over Filip de Wandel and Gstar in 37.583 seconds and Nicole Bellissimo on VDL Bellefleur, who finished in 37.680 seconds.

Since Deslauriers is aiming toward the Young Jumper Final at the Hampton Classic Horse Show (Scout was second in last year's final for six-year-olds), he knew the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show would help his horse.

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Mario Deslauriers and Scout de la Cense

“A place like this, he really loves to gallop on the grass,” he said. “He jumped great today. Anthony designed a really good course. It was complicated and hard for a young horse. It's how you bring a young horse along, to have rings like this (and) good courses. You really find the character of your horse when you present it with something like this and many different challenges. It's a great attribute to (come to) a show like this and to give a good experience to a horse.”

Deslauriers has been showing at Old Salem Farm for 15 years and has seen the improvements to the facility. “The atmosphere here is great. The footing right now is really, really great. They've worked at it for a long time and I think it's finally paying off. The people of Old Salem try hard and they're really making a great place to show. I think the riders really appreciate it,” he concluded.

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show continues tomorrow with the $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem, while the amateur-owner hunters start their competition. There is are two $5,000 Groom's Classes for hunters and jumpers that will be held in conjunction with the Exhibitor Party at 5 pm.

For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net, and for full results, please visit www.horseshowsonline.com.

Join Us for Great Events This Week!

Exhibitors – Sign up for a Free Raffle in the Horse Show Offie to Win a Henry Lloyd rain jacket from Beval Ltd!

Friday, May 17 Competition - Noon: $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem 5 pm: $5,000 Groom’s Class sponsored by: Ilan Ferder Stables, JET Show Stables, CEO Stables, Mclain Ward, Inc., Equine Equipment 5-6:30 pm: Pasta Extravaganza! “Make Your Own Pasta” Exhibitor Party with Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy, called “Rivetingly Absurd” by The New York Times Saturday,

May 18 Competition – 1 pm: $20,000 Speed Derby of North Salem 3-4 pm: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Social sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance Competition – 4 pm: $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate 5-6:30 pm ASPCA Equine Advocacy Reception, Join VIP bartenders Beezie & John Madden, Georgina Bloomberg and Prince Lorenzo Borghese of ABC’s The Bachelor, 100% of tips go to ASPCA Equine Advocacy efforts. (R.S.V.P. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 212-8767700, x 4676)

Sunday, May 19 Highlight Competition – 2:30 pm: $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group 11 am – 4 pm: ASPCA Adoption Day! Meet rescued dogs, cats, and miniature horses looking for forever homes!

For those who can't make it out this weekend, but still want to watch great hunter/jumper action, our two main events - The $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate, on May 18, and the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on May 19 - will be live streamed on USEF Network presented by Smartpak. The entire Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show is also live streamed at www.shownet.biz!

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows celebrate its 31st year in 2013 and offer two weeks of exceptional equestrian sport on May 7-12 and May 14–19 at one of the nation’s premier and newly renovated equestrian facilities, Old Salem Farm, in North Salem, New York. Old Salem’s beautifully manicured grounds, list of elite horses and riders, and fantastic social gatherings draw spectators from Westchester County and beyond to watch horses and ponies of every size compete for almost $500,000 in prize money. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from across the country. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/mayhome.

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