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Ward Saved The Best For Last In The Empire State Grand Prix
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North Salem, NY - May 22, 2011 - McLain Ward had four horses entered in the
$75,000 Empire State Grand Prix presented by Land Rover of
Larchmont/Mt. Kisco at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, but it was up
to Rothchild, the last horse to enter the ring, to give Ward a clear round.
Each of Wards previous mounts had four faults, and in fact two of them even
managed to post the exact time over the course. It was up to the 10 year
old chestnut gelding, Rothchild, owned by Sagamore Farm, to give Ward a
fault free performance, which he did with style.
Out of the 23 horse field, only Ward, Mario Deslauriers on Jane Forbes
Clarks Cella and young David Tromp with Bayeart Farms Casey, managed to
traverse the course without penalty.
I thought todays course was very difficult as the results showed, Ward
said. I was fortunate to go last in the jump-off. Mario rode it just the
way he should have; he made sure that he gave his horse a chance to go
clear. If he had had a rail down, it would have given me the class.
Instead he forced me to go clear in a fast time and I was able to shave a
little time in a couple of spots and edge him out for the win.
Rothchild is one of my veterans and is a horse I really love. We were very
fortunate to have this ring in such great condition after all the rain we
had. Old Salem is one of the best horse shows in the country and they have
done such a fantastic job with the rings. This is a great win for me and
Rothchild and I am very thankful.
Wards double clear rounds over Leopoldo Palacios course in a fantastic time
of 34.806 gave him the win and rousing cheers from the crowd. Deslauriers
finished in second place with double clear rounds in a time of 36.149.
Tromp was third with eight faults in the jump off and a time of 39.705.
Old Salem Farm offers a $10,000 Leading Hunter Rider award for the rider who
accumulates the most points in the Hunter Divisions at the two weeks of the
Spring Horse Shows. This year the Leading Hunter Rider was Holly Orlando,
who will take home the title and $6,000 for her efforts. Patricia Griffith
did not have quite enough points to beat Orlando and was awarded second
place and a check for $3,000. Third place and $1,000 went to Lyman
Lillie Keenan rode Copernicus Stables Sanderson to victory in the Governors
Cup, an equitation class for junior riders. The perpetual trophy is
inscribed with some of the most prestigious names in the sport including
Conrad Homfeld, Katherine Burdsall and Peter Leone. Keenan was handed the
trophy for her winning score of 188 points by last years winner, Katie
Dinan then mounted Mobile 4 and proceeded to win the $10,000 Low
Junior/Amateur Classic, a member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
Series. Posting double clear rounds, her jump off time of 31.455 was a full
second faster than the rest of the 21 riders of the original 57 entries to
contest the jump off. This was the third year in a row that Dinan won the
Classic at the old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.
The #15,000 High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic was won by Olivia Jack aboard
Haida Du Castillon. Also a member event of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
series, the win in this class gave Jack points toward the Finals.
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, 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.
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
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