Articles: Horse News
Great Win for Old Salem Farm's Brian Walker and Great Pleasure
Brian Walker and Old Salem Farm's Great Pleasure on course to victory in the
$25,000 Equestrian Properties AT Benefit Grand Prix in Wellington, FL. Photo
Credit: James Parker.
Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810,
North Salem, NY - January 14, 2010- Brian Walker, the head
trainer at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY, started the new
year out right by winning the $25,000 Equestrian Properties AT
Benefit Grand Prix in Wellington, FL, this past weekend.
Walker and Great Pleasure, an 11-year-old KWPN Dutch Warmblood
gelding owned by Old Salem Farm, bested a starting field of 19
horse-and-rider combinations for the win. The pair went clear in
the first round, advancing to the jump-off with rider Richard
Moloney and his mount Brooke Van De Zuuthoeve. Moloney entered
the ring first for the jump-off, but knocked down a rail at the
third jump of the Dave Ballard designed course, finishing with a
time of 37.954 seconds and 4 jumping faults.
Walker and Great Pleasure put in their second clear round of the
day in the jump-off, finishing with a time of 39.688 to secure
the win. Walker began riding Great Pleasure in mid-September
when he moved to Old Salem Farm. Though the pair has been
training together for a few months, this was Walker's second
time showing the horse.
Two days before their Grand Prix win, Walker and Great Pleasure,
who is known as Ramon around the barn, finished second out of 23
horse-and-rider combinations in the $10,000 Equestrian Services
International Welcome Stake, also in Wellington, FL.
"Following the Welcome Stake, I was really looking forward to
the Grand Prix," said Walker. "Ramon (Great Pleasure) felt
great, and I was really excited to get back into the ring and
show everybody how amazing he is. It's been an absolute pleasure
to ride this horse and represent Old Salem Farm, and I am
looking forward to a successful show season."
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
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.