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.
“He is such a special horse I think he loves his job of carting me around. As I said, he is new for me this year and I just started with him in Florida. I walked straight into the high juniors on him and he’s been amazing. I am going to show here for the second week of Old Salem and then I go to Devon for the equitation – no jumpers there this year. Then I am off to England to meet up with Laura Kraut and show there for the summer, my first summer showing in Europe.
“I showed on the Polo Field in Florida, but have never shown up and down the hills. It really didn’t cause that much trouble, obviously. He was definitely showing off for the crowd. I was kind of in shock when we won. I guess I thought I could win it, but I didn’t think I would win it. It was just an amazing feeling. Everyone was smiling and crying and I knew that my mom would have to quit smoking. That was exciting also. My mom was crying for two reasons. She promised that when I won my first Grand Prix she would quit smoking.”
Brianne Goutal had four shots at the top placing, but while the blue ribbon was not to be, she did finish in both second and third place. Goutal piloted What Ever, an 11 year-old Belgian bred mare, to second place with two clear rounds and a time of 40.043 and placed third with Nice De Prissy in 40.836 seconds. Both horses are owned by Cloverleaf Farm.
“The course was great,” said Goutal. “It was hard enough, but it did not try to kill anyone. I had four horses in the class and by the end I was a little bit tired. The field makes everything harder because it is graded, up and down, a vertical uphill and an oxer downhill, it makes the verticals taller and the oxers wider. All my horses jumped fantastically. I rode one not so well, the rest of them jumped great.
“We have had What Ever exactly one year, we bought her to be a speed horse and she sort of moved up this year. She started doing the 1.5M in Florida and she just gets better and better. She has a lot of personality and she is feisty. She tries really hard and she is aggressive and really into it.
“I love this field. It is such an amazing opportunity to show on a field like this, we don’t have that many of them left. In Europe there are more, but it is still hard to find a really, really nice field like this. This show is amazing, they have made some major improvements in the footing and the whole facility and it is just amazing. We were really lucky with the weather also. It was just a beautiful afternoon.”
Darragh Kerins rode Lisona for Kevin Babington and took his time going around the jump-off course, finishing in 44.779 seconds. This strategy paid off with a clear round and a fourth place finish.
Georgina Bloomberg qualified Metropolitan for the jump-off and had good time, 39.897, but had one rail down to finish in fifth place.
Olympic veteran Peter Leone aboard Nerval De La Battia for the Beaupre Group LLC, finished the jump-off course in 40.498 seconds also with four faults for sixth place.
The 2010 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows will feature the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix, $25,000 North Salem Grand Prix, as well as a $15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic part of the Cavalor Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, $5,000 Devoucoux Hunter Derby, $10,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by The Premier Collection/Land Rover of Mt. Kisco and Land Rover of Larchmont, and the $10,000 Cavalor Leading Hunter Rider Award.
Old Salem Farm is located one hour north of New York City. In addition to its year-long horse show series that includes more than 20 horse shows in addition to its flagship spring horse shows, it maintains state-of-the-art stabling facilities for year-round boarding. Old Salem Farm’s training staff offers training for every level of riding from Short Stirrup to Grand Prix hopefuls! Exceptional horses are also available for sale or lease.
Tickets for the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are $10.00 for a three-day pass, valid Tuesday-Thursday, and $20.00 for weekend pass, valid Friday-Sunday. A portion of the admission proceeds will benefit Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Tickets for the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows can be purchased online at www.oldsalemfarm.net or by calling 914-669-5610, as well as on-site during the horse shows.
For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its year-long horse show schedule, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net or call 914-669-5610.