Ward Wins Again
North Salem, NY—May 17, 2012—McLain Ward and Mario Deslauriers, teammates on the United States’ 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games team, battled it out for the top prize in the 1.40 Meter Power and Speed Class Thursday at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.
The Power and Speed class tests horses’ jumping ability over the obstacles and, if they perform without penalty, also over the speed portion of the course where the pair with the fastest time with the fewest penalties is the winner.
Ward, the two-time Olympic team Gold Medalist from Brewster, NY, and Louisburg Farm’s Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve won the battle with no faults in a time of 34.678 seconds, leaving Deslauriers, the former FEI World Cup champion and Olympic veteran now hailing from New York, NY, and Jane Forbes Clark’s Whisper in second place with no penalties and a slower time of 35.649 seconds. Third place went to Sarah Segal, New York, NY, on Tilgham for Horatio St. Ventures in a time of 38.075 seconds and no faults. Olympic team Silver Medalist Peter Leone, Greenwich, CT, and Lincourt Gino, owned by Monica Carrera, placed fourth with no faults in 38.148 seconds.
With the recent retirement of Ward’s long-time partner Sapphire, the race appears to be on to determine the next heir to her incredible legacy. Along with Pjotter Van De Zonnehoeve, Ward has also been competing at Old Salem on Antares F, on whom he won last week’s $40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix and on whom he is expected to defend his championship this Sunday in the 75,000 Empire State Grand Prix sponsored by the Kincade Group.
The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows’ 30th annual competition runs through Sunday, May 20 featuring top-notch hunter-jumper competition at one of the country’s most beautiful equestrian training centers. Highlighting this week’s competition are the $25,000 North Salem Grand Prix Presented by Land Rover on Friday, the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Saturday and the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix sponsored by the Kincade Group on Sunday.
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 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 four charities – ASPCA, JustWorldInternational, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding, and the Voss Foundation.
Old Salem Farm, located an hour north of New York City, has played host to major equestrian 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.
All the action from all rings at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows can be found daily on shownetvision.com. In addition, the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on May 19 and the $75,000 Empire State Grand Prix on May 20, will be broadcast free of charge over usefnetwork.com sponsored by Smartpak.
Further information on the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows is available on line at www.oldsalemfarm.net or by calling 914-669-5610.