Jet Blue and Carly Anthony Claim Top Honors in $10,000 Old Salem Farm Welcome Stake at 2023 Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows

Carly Anthony
Anthony Claims Top Honors in $10,000 Old Salem Farm Welcome Stake at 2023 Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows.

Edited Press Release BY Cheyenne Lord, Classic Communications

North Salem, NY – September 15, 2023  Carly Anthony (USA) had a spectacular day at the Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows on Friday, riding Jet Blue and Heavenly W to a 1-3 finish in the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Welcome Stake in 35.114 and 36.770 seconds, respectively.

The Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows, September 12-17, September 19-24 and September 27-October 1, host competitions for riders of all levels and ages, ranging from young children on ponies to top Grand Prix stars aboard their up-and-coming mounts.

Forty-six entries tackled Ken Krome’s 1.35m course for the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Welcome Stake, with 16 riding double-clear through the jump-off. Anthony’s longtime partnership with Portfolio Horses LLC’s two Dutch Warmbloods paid off in spades as she secured the top spot with 12-year-old Jet Blue and earned third aboard 11-year-old Heavenly W.

Finishing in second place with a fault-free time of 36.017 seconds was Lola Head (USA) and her own Cheilane De Blondel, an 11-year-old Selle Français mare. 

Carly Anthony (USA) and Jet Blue won Friday’s $10,000 Old Salem Farm Welcome Stake © SEL Photography

Other jumper highlights included the naming of several champions, including 1.30m Open Jumper Champion Lady D, the 9-year-old Anglo-European mare owned by Clover M Sporthorses LLC and ridden by Alexa Pessoa of North Salem, NY. 
In the hunter rings, Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI, and Swing Easy rode to top honors in the $5,000 Old Salem Farm Hunter Derby and the Green Hunter 3’3” Championship.

“His ride is super straightforward,” Hannan said of Kate Ellis’s 7-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding. “He’s really brave and not a fresh horse. Although he’s green, he’s really taken a liking to the derbies. I’ve always been a huge fan of this hunt-and-go format, especially for the young horses. I think it’s nice for them to start out on course and let them relax as they go. Then you get to turn it up a little bit in the handy portion, so it’s nice to introduce them to those types of classes.

“I thought they did a beautiful job with the course today,” she continued. “It was actually a bit more course than I was expecting. It asked some nice questions, and you got to test your horse and show a nice gallop which is always great to see in these classes. It’s always so beautiful here. You look around, and it’s such a beautiful facility. They run really nice horse shows, the footing is great, and we’re really lucky to have something like this here.” 

Jennifer Hannan and Swing Easy won the $5,000 Old Salem Farm Hunter Derby © SEL Photography

Earning second place in the derby was Keirstin Scott of Newburgh, NY, on Denise Di Nozzi’s Promises Fulfilled, who also secured the Combined Performance 3’3”/3’6” Hunter Championship. Colin Syquia of Forest Hills, NY, brought home third with Ariane Stiegler’s Camelito De Muze Z.

Other hunter champions included Suzanne Duncan’s Lyrical in the Old Salem Farm 3’ Hunter and Shaw Johnson Price’s Sandori in the Green 3’ Hunter. Both were ridden by Hannan.

The Artisan Marketplace and Farmer’s Market joins the schedule on Saturday (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) while all three competition rings feature classes for Old Salem’s junior and amateur riders. 

Located just one hour north of New York City, Old Salem Farm has a long history of hosting world-class horse shows. Over the years, Old Salem Farm has hosted the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, United States Olympic Team Selection Trials, FEI World Cup™ qualifiers, FEI North American Youth Championships and ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals.