Brianne Goutal-Marteau Tops the Field in Friday’s $10,000 Old Salem Farm Welcome Stake at the 2022 Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows
Alexa Bing Wins $5,000 Old Salem Farm 3’ Hunter Derby
Competitors at the Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows woke to brisk fall temperatures on Friday morning, but things quickly heated up in the International Arena as 37 entries tackled a winding 1.35m course for the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Welcome Stake. Setting an early time to beat was American Brianne Goutal-Marteau, who finished on top of the class with her double-clear time of 32.552 seconds aboard Gerald Ford’s 15-year-old Selle Français gelding Tanael Des Bonnes.
The Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows host competitions for riders of all levels and ages, from young riders on ponies to Olympic veterans with their up-and-coming mounts. The September Horse Shows kick off with a USEF Premier-4 rating for hunters and jumpers September 13-18, followed by USEF Premier-2 September 20-24 and USEF National-2 September 28-October 2.
Ten other competitors went clear over the initial 15-effort course to join Goutal-Marteau in the jump-off, but none could quite catch her time. Vasco Flores (PUR) was close, stopping the clock at 32.888 seconds for a second-place finish aboard Harley D, Hillside Farm LLC’s 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. Ireland’s Jonathan Corrigan took third with Twin Oaks Ventures LLC’s 8-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare Oaky Flandria, tripping the timers in 34.803 seconds.
The Junior/Amateur Medium/High Jumper presented by Eastern Hay division also began on Thursday with Rachel Penner of Aspen, CO, taking the first win aboard Swede Ventures LLC’s Grand Canyon VDL. The division will conclude Sunday, September 18, following the $3,000 Junior/Amateur Medium/High Jumper Classic presented by Eastern Hay, which is also the Official Hay and Shavings Supplier of the Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows.
In the hunter rings, nine horse-and-rider combinations competed over the 13-effort $5,000 Old Salem Farm 3’ Hunter Derby course. After two full days competing in the Combined Performance Hunter division, Alexa Bing of Royersford, PA, and her 16-year-old Selle Français gelding Subtil starred in the hunt-and-go format to claim victory with a total of 86 points.
Other highlights included the crowning of the week’s first hunter champions. Blair Balmer’s Bocelli, ridden by Patricia Griffith of Wellington, FL, took home the tricolor for successful rounds in the Combined Conformation Hunter division. Dominic Rappucci’s Milky Way, ridden by Emily Corkhill of Paoli, PA, and Denise Landman’s Capote, ridden by Sammie Jackson of New York, NY, brought home the Championships in the Old Salem Farm Hunter divisions at the 2’9” and 3’ heights, respectively. In the Baby Green 2’6” Hunter, Juliana Starbuck of Ridgefield, CT, piloted Starbuck Equestrian’s Reality Star to the division Championship.