Anthony Claims Top Honors in $10,000 Old Salem Farm Welcome Stake at 2023 Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows
Hannan Wins the $5,000 Old Salem Farm Hunter Derby
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.
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.”