Edited Press Release
North Salem, NY – September 24, 2023 – Ireland’s Darragh Kenny bested a field of 31 entries in Sunday’s $10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic to conclude the second week of the 2023 Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows. He piloted Serendepety to the fastest double-clear round in 37.458 seconds.
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.
Kenny and Whiterock Farm Ltd.’s 8-year-old Hanoverian mare were one of 11 horse-and-rider combinations to make it to the jump-off over Ken Krome’s 1.35m Classic course. Ultimately, only five competitors rode faultlessly through the timers, and final placings were separated by just tenths of a second.
Although they proved to be the fastest in the initial round, Caitlin Boyle of Hampshire, IL, and Beyaert Farm Inc.’s Prianti Van Het Mikkenhof finished second with a jump-off time of 37.723 seconds. Mattias Tromp (USA) took third aboard Beyaert Farm Inc.’s Navaar after stopping the clock in 38.423 seconds.
Earlier in the day, James Leone of Franklin Lakes, NJ, claimed top honors in the Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic after guiding Spring Ledge LLC’s Hotspot to a double-clear time of 38.793 seconds. Kelly Tropin Whitridge of Darien, CT, earned second place aboard Bosch Sport Horses’ Faust Van Weltevreden with a faultless 39.822-second score. Third went to Eliza Kimball of New York, NY, and her own Kaborough for their time of 40.747 seconds.
In the hunter rings, Chloe Belsky of New York, NY, brought home the Large Children’s Pony Hunter Championship for her performances aboard Brooke Duffy’s Good Reason. After taking third in Friday’s $5,000 Old Salem Farm Hunter Derby, Callie Seaman of Manhattan, NY, and Hallowell Lane Farm LLC’s Divine Romance added the Low Hunter 3’ Championship to their final awards. Bellisima, owned and ridden by Nicole Mann of Armonk, NY, swept both the USHJA Hunter 2’6” and Low Child/Adult Hunter 2’6” divisions to claim the championship titles.
The Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows will resume on Wednesday, September 27, for the third and final week of competition.
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.
The Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows kicked off with a USEF ‘National-4’ rating for hunters and jumpers September 12-17, followed by USEF ‘National-2’ September 19-24 and September 27-October 1. Each week’s action starts daily at 8:00 a.m. with classes running simultaneously in three beautifully manicured rings throughout the day. Opening Week highlights included the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Welcome Stake on Friday, September 15, and the $30,000 Old Salem Farm Great Oak Grand Prix on Sunday, September 17.
Weeks 2 (September 19-24) and 3 (September 27-October 1) feature more familiar Old Salem Farm highlights, including the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic each Sunday. There will also be an Old Salem Farm Hunter Derby taking place each Friday (September 15, September 22 and September 29). Week 2 also included the Zone 2 Maclay Regionals, Hamel Foundation/National Horse Show 3’3” Area Championship and THIS Adult Medal Area Championship on Saturday, September 23.
The ambiance at the Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows is unlike any other venue in the country. Old Salem Farm’s food vendors provide “meals to go” and delicious snack options.
For more information on Old Salem Farm and its full schedule of equestrian events, please visit www.OldSalemFarm.net.