Kenny Wins Two Open Jumper Classes with Billy Legend and Rockstar to Kick Off 2024 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

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Kenny won the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m aboard Rockstar - Photo by SEL Photography

Edited Press Release

North Salem, NY – May 9, 2024 The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows caught an early glimpse of their world-class field of show jumpers on Wednesday, with many international riders competing in the Open Jumper division throughout the day and presenting their horses for the afternoon’s FEI horse inspection presented by Alliant Private Client. With several familiar faces looking ahead to the Paris Olympic Games this summer, nine countries will be represented in the Old Salem Farm International Arena throughout the week.

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are one of the premier stops on the nation’s hunter-jumper horse show circuit, offering a full schedule of world-class competition May 7-12 and May 14-19 that features the nation’s best in equestrian sport.

Jonathan Corrigan (IRL) and iDream won their section in the $2,000 Open Jumper 1.25m – Photo by SEL Photography

Many riders successfully tackled the Alan Wade-designed two-phase courses in each of Wednesday’s Open Jumper classes, with Wade’s fellow Irishmen claiming several blue-ribbon honors. Countryman Jonathan Corrigan put in the two fastest times for the first group in the $2,000 Open Jumper 1.25m, which saw 103 entries and a California split; he stopped the clock for first with Andrea Vogel’s iDream (31.375 seconds) and second with Kay Lawson’s Rembrandt (34.165 seconds). Topping the leaderboard for the second group was Canada’s Erynn Ballard, who piloted Sydney Levy’s Wadro’s Lerina through the timers in 32.381 seconds. 

There was another California split for the 113 horse-and-rider combinations in the $4,000 Open Jumper 1.35m, which saw Sydney Shulman Desiderio (ISR) and Darragh Kenny (IRL) coming out on top for their respective groups. Shulman Desiderio rode Kiely Equestrian LLC’s Decurio to a speedy time of 22.119 seconds, while Kenny finished in 23.652 seconds aboard Gochman Sport Horse LLC’s Billy Legend

Sydney Shulman Desiderio (ISR) and Decurio won their section in the $4,000 Open Jumper 1.35m – Photo by SEL Photography

Kenny then returned to the winner’s circle in the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m to conclude Wednesday’s competition in the International Arena. He and Heathman Farm LLC’s Rockstar bested a field of 45 entries with their 27.256-second time.

“Everybody’s here, and everybody wants to get going,” Kenny said. “We all had a bit of a break after the Wellington circuit, so it’s nice to get in the ring and know my horses are feeling so good. I’ve had Rockstar for about a year and a half now, and he’s a really super horse. He’s just coming back and is in great form. He’ll jump in the [$25,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic] this week and in the FEI classes next week; then we’ll go from there.” 

Alliant Private Client sponsored the horse inspection for the CSI3*, which will commence Thursday with the $38,700 FEI 1.45m Two-Phase – Photo by RandolphPR

Rhythmic hunters also took the stage in the Hedge and June Road rings, where familiar faces such as Geoffrey Hesslink (Wellington, FL) and Laura Bowery (Bridgehampton, NY) were among the first rewarded for their beautiful rounds. Walking home with the Spring Horse Shows’ first tri-color ribbon was Paula Steinberg-Goodman of North Salem, NY, who piloted her own King Power to the Local Non-Professional Hunter Championship

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows host competitions for riders of all levels and ages, ranging from young children on ponies to Olympic veterans aboard their grand prix mounts. Week 1 (May 7-12) is USEF ‘National-6’ rated for hunters and jumpers and designated FEI CSI3*; Week 2 (May 14-19) is USEF ‘Premier-6’ rated and designated FEI CSI4*.

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 United States Olympic Team Selection Trials, FEI World Cup™ qualifiers, FEI North American Youth Championships and ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals.

For more information on Old Salem Farm and the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.OldSalemFarm.net