Leslie Howard Scores A Knockout With Lennox Lewis 2 At The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

North Salem, NY – May 19, 2011 – Leslie Howard won the $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem in true “Leaping Leslie” form as she piloted her Lennox Lewis 2 around the jump off course fault free in a time of 31.716 seconds at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

Course Designer Leopoldo Placios laid down a track that tested the horses and riders, with only eight of the original 34 starters making it around without penalty. Of those eight, there were only four who managed to navigate the shortened course, with its difficult turns, without penalty.

“The jump off was one of those things that really worked out perfectly, “ said Howard. “Lenny was on his game today and he let me ride him the way I wanted to, and he tried hard. Hopefully we are ready for Sunday.” 

Candice King and Skara Glen’s Davos tried their best to beat Howard’s time, but fell just a little short as they crossed the timers in 32.279 for second place. 

McLain Ward finished third in the class with Antares F for Grant Road Partners, in a time of 33.348 seconds, and Mario Deslauries with Diablo ended up in fourth, with a final time of 36.197.

“We always love to come to Old Salem because of the field,” Howard noted. “And in the old days when it rained, the footing was not good in the sand rings and you could not show in the field. But now I have to admit that Old Salem has turned into one of the best horse shows in the nation. It is really right up there. The footing has been redone in four rings with the European footing and I have to say that one ring is better than the other.“ 

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows benefit the Old Salem Farm Foundation. The goal of the Old Salem Farm Foundation is to use the Spring Horse Shows as a vehicle to help support charitable organizations and create an opportunity for Corporate Sponsors and Equestrian Athletes to benefit the community during the annual sporting event. The Old Salem Farm Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. 

This year, the Old Salem Farm Foundation is providing support to several charities including Voss Foundation, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, ASPCA and Just World International. 

Voss Foundation is dedicated to providing access to pure, clean water to rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, Voss Foundation will present a gallery exhibit of limited edition photographs taken by world-renown photographer Stuart Franklin which will be on display in the Main Bar throughout the duration of the horse shows. The photographs will be available for purchase through a silent auction, and all proceeds will help support Voss Foundation's 2011 initiatives. 

In addition, the Old Salem Farm Foundation will be supporting Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, whose mission is to provide the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities to physically, emotionally, and developmentally challenged individuals at facilities and stables in Connecticut and New York. 

Also receiving support from the Old Salem Farm Foundation is JustWorld International,charitable organization dedicated to providing basic education, nutrition, health and hygiene programs, and vocational training for children in impoverished communities in Honduras, Cambodia, Guatemala, Brazil, and Senegal. 

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows offer more than $220,000 in prize money and is highlighted by the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by Land Rover, Mt. Kisco and Larchmont, on May 22. The shows also feature a $20,000 Speed Derby of North Salem on May 21, $15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, a member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame on May 22, $10,000 United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International Hunter Derby on May 21 and $10,000 Leading Hunter Rider Award, which will be announced on May 22.

Over the years, Old Salem Farm has played host to major competitions including Selection Trials for U.S. teams for World Championships and Olympic Games. Old Salem Farm boasts a state-of-the-art stabling facility, its historic pristine grass Grand Prix field as well as outstanding show and schooling rings, all surrounded by one of the nation’s most quaint and picturesque settings.

Old Salem Farm is located one hour north of New York City. In addition to hosting more than 20 horse shows besides 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! Exceptional horses are also available for sale or lease.

Admission to the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows is $20.00 per carload on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Seating in the Patron Tent, which overlooks the Grand Prix field, is available Wednesday – Sunday, with a catered luncheon on Saturday and Grand Prix Sunday. For reservation information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net.

For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its year-long horse show schedule, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, as well as the Spring Horse Show Prize List, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net or call               914-669-5610        .

For more information on Voss Foundation, please visit www.thevossfoundation.org.

For more information Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, please visit www.pegasustr.org.

For more information on JustWorld International, please visit www.justworldinternational.org.