McNerney and Pessoa Lead Thursday’s Open Jumpers at 2023 Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows
September 14, 2023 – Course designer Ken Krome built several single-phase speed tracks for Thursday’s Open Jumper division at the Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows. Although Colin Syquia (PHI) proved the fastest in the 1.40m Open Jumper, it was Hilary McNerney (USA) who brought home first and second places with the only two fault-free rounds.
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.
McNerney’s 1-2 finish came from her smooth and steady rounds aboard her own Riscalino and VDL Kane, who stopped the clock in 83.765 and 88.393 seconds respectively. Syquia earned third with Seahorse Show Stable’s Hocus Pocus, tripping the timers on the fastest four-fault score of 79.898 seconds.
In the 1.30m Open Jumper, Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) was the one to beat with Clover M Sporthorses LLC’s Lady D, putting in a faultless time of 72.541 seconds. Peter Lutz (USA) and Libertas Farm LLC’s Casanova Z finished second in 73.666 seconds. Megan McDermott (USA) claimed third in a time of 74.386 seconds with Counter Balance LLC’s Bruce Z.
Other jumper highlights included Lauren Tyree’s (USA) victory in the 1.20m Open Jumper, riding Laura Murphy’s Ea De Casavieja through the timers in 81.877 seconds. Steven Bluman (ISR) was second aboard Daniel Bluman’s Magic Mike Z.G. for his time of 83.839 seconds. Jean Van Gysel (BEL) finished third in 84.238 seconds with his Elixir Du Houlbec.
Many hunters starred in the June Road Ring for the first half of the Performance and Green divisions, which will conclude Friday prior to the start of the $5,000 Old Salem Farm Hunter Derby. Among the first blue-ribbon winners was Jennifer Hannan of Wakefield, RI, who took top honors aboard John Yozell’s Spencer in both Combined Performance Hunter 3’3”/3’6” over-fences classes. She also claimed an early lead in the Green Hunter 3’3” division for her over-fences performances aboard Kate Ellis’s Swing Easy.
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 kick 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 include 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 will also include the Zone 2 Maclay Regionals National Horse Shows 3’3 Hamel Area Championship and THIS Adult Medal Area Championship on Saturday, September 23.