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The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows Go To The Dogs (And Cats)



North Salem, NY – May 14, 2011 - The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are underway with world-class equestrian competition and the Old Salem Farm Foundation is utilizing the Spring Horse Shows as a vehicle to support charities with both a local and global outreach.

The goal of the Old Salem Farm Foundation is to use the Spring Horse Shows as a vehicle to help support charitable corganizations 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 hosted the ASPCA on the show grounds for an adoption day. Two ASPCA Mobile Adoption Units, full of loving dogs and cats available for adoption from their Manhattan shelter, were on-site at the horse show. Spectators and exhibitors who had been thinking about adding a dog or cat to their household or barn had the perfect opportunity to meet with ASPCA experts and find the pet that was right for them.

The Adoption event was a success for many animals including a very special dog. Lireal is blind and therefore has special requirements that often deter potential adopters. Lireal has found a new and loving home after being met at the Old Salem Farm Adoption Day by her new owner.

Joining the ASPCA Mobile Adoption Van on Adoption Day was Joe Pentangelo, Assistant Director of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement and one of the stars of the hit TV show ANIMAL PRECINCT on the Animal Planet Network.  Joe is on the front lines of fighting animal cruelty every day at the ASPCA, and invites visitors to talk with him to find out how they can help make the world a better place for animals.

Also on site was DaVinci,the ASPCA's Canine Anti-Cruelty Ambassador.  DaVinci was a victim of terrible animal cruelty in 2006 and is now fully recovered and a living example of how all creatures deserve kindness, compassion and second chances.  

"Over the course of the two weeks of our Spring Horse Shows, hundreds of horses will come and go from Old Salem Farm – all of which are undoubtedly coming from and returning to loving homes that offer the best care possible," said Scott Hakim, President of Old Salem Farm. "By inviting the ASPCA to hold an Adoption Day, we are hoping to remind people that not every animal has been lucky enough to find a loving and caring home. These animals are being given a second chance by the ASPCA, and we are happy to be a part of their new lives."

Also joining the ASPCA's fight against animal cruelty is Georgina Bloomberg, ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador and an advocate for adopting shelter pets!  She will be meeting and greeting visitors during Adoption Day at the ASPCA Mobile Adoption Van.

This year, in addition to the ASPCA, the Old Salem Farm Foundation is providing support to several charities including Voss Foundation, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding 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, a 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. JustWorld International will conduct a horseless horse show in the Grand Prix Field following competition on Saturday, May 14. Jessica Newman, the founder of JustWorld, will be on the grounds to oversee the event where kids of various ages race and jump for awards over a course of miniature fences which simulate the courses jumped by their heroes, while helping less fortunate children around the world.

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows offer more than $220,000 in prize money and is highlighted by the $40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix on May 15, $25,000 North Salem Grand Prix on May 20, and 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.

 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.

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