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Griffith And Sienna Dance Their Way To The Top In The USHJA Hunter Derby
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North Salem, NY - May 21, 2011 atricia Griffith had a new mount this year
for the $10,000 USHJA Hunter Derby at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows,
but the result was the same as last year, a win.
Sienna, the horse that Griffith piloted around the two rounds of competition
this year, is a lovely 16.2 hand chestnut mare, owned by Lexi Maounis of
Jupiter, FL, herself a junior rider and student of Griffiths.
We got her in August of last year, said Griffith. She had won a Derby in
Texas and she is just an awesome horse. She is perfect for these classes
because she is brave and fun and careful. She is really good at these
classes. She did the Derby in Palm Beach and again, she was great, she got
a little green at night under the lights, but Ive ridden her in a few Derbys
now and I can always count on her for a good ribbon.
When you are riding her, she is not a chestnut mare, but in the barn she
definitely lets you know she is boss. When you tack her up, you have to
know her and treat her like she wants to be treated. We let her be a total
princess, but she is always all business in the ring.
Griffith continued The first round it was raining and it was a little muddy
and she didnt fire as clean as she normally does. She had a few rubs, which
I was surprised about because in the schooling area she was really trying.
I think I just underestimated it, I didnt jump that high and maybe I should
have jumped a few bigger ones. When I got out in the ring, she just didnt
put on a show like she normally does, and then in the second round she was
right where I wanted her.
I havent shown her since the Derby in Palm Beach, Lexi has been showing her
in the Junior Hunters, so when I headed for the bigger jumps today, she was
a bit surprised and just didnt fire over them like she usually does. She is
really a special horse. I am going to keep riding her in the Derbys, she is
qualified for the Final in Kentucky, which I am really excited about. Not
only is the mare really nice, but the Maounis are wonderful people. They
know how special this horse is and they love her and Lexi rides her
While some might have decided that the world was going to end today, for
Nicholas Dello Joio, it was a stellar day. Not only did he get to celebrate
his 22nd birthday, but he also got a special birthday present from his mount
Ragner T, win in the $20,000 Speed Derby of North Salem.
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
$15,000 Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, a member event of the Show
Jumping Hall of Fame on May 22 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 nations most quaint and
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 Farms training staff offers training for every level of riding from
Short Stirrup to Grand Prix! Exceptional horses are also available for sale
Admission to the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows is $20.00 per carload on
Sunday. Seating in the Patron Tent, which overlooks the Grand Prix field, is
available Sunday, with a catered luncheon on 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