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Old Salem Farm Unveils Its New International Arena to Open the 2022 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

North Salem, New York – May 11, 2022 – Old Salem Farm welcomed over 750 horses and riders from Westchester County and beyond on Wednesday for the return of its Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Under breezy and bright, sunny skies, Old Salem Farm also unveiled its new International Arena to rave reviews.

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 10-15 and May 17-22 that features the nation’s best in equestrian sport.

To help ensure the safety and well-being of everyone who competes at the facility, the new Old Salem Farm International Arena was built with state-of-the-art technology and the best footing in the world, Footing First all-weather footing. The arena and the newly cultivated landscaping throughout the farm were designed to maintain the traditional beauty and ambiance for which Old Salem Farm has always been known.

“This year is very exciting,” said five-time Olympian McLain Ward, who is also the Spring Horse Shows Co-Chair. “Our first priority has been the International Arena and the improvements that were made around the grounds, making sure they’re at the best standards for the horses and riders to compete on. I think across the board, people are appreciating the organization and the mindset of trying to produce great sport and a great event. It’s also a vision to the future of what we can build from here.”

“I designed here for many years when this was a grass ring,” said world-renowned course designer Alan Wade of Ireland. “Now that we have the new all-weather footing, there are some different angles and a different shape to the ring, which makes it more interesting. I tried to keep everything smooth and flowing this week to give the riders, horses, and myself as the course designer a feel for the ring. Even after changing to Footing First, it’s still a spectacular setting and an impressive, beautiful arena.”

“I love the new ring,” said Molly Ashe Cawley, who won Wednesday morning’s $2,000 Open Jumper 1.25m aboard Quiz. “I think it’s great, and the course was just perfect. My horse is only seven, so she’s very green, and I thought she jumped a super round. I only went medium-fast – she’s fast all by herself, and she just flew through the arena.”

“The new ring here at Old Salem is amazing,” said Sydney Shulman (ISR) Desiderio, who piloted Daytona S.E to the win in the $4,000 Open Jumper 1.35m sponsored by Great American Insurance Company. “Footing First did a fantastic job, and with McLain (Ward) backing it up, the ring is riding really beautifully. We’re really excited to be here for the next two weeks.”

Six-time Olympic veteran Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) then claimed top honors in the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m sponsored by Amethyst Equestrian with Venice Beach. “I really like the new ring,” he said. “We’re locals here, living right down the road (in North Salem), and we’re really happy to see the facility get this makeover to continue being competitive in the market of horse showing. I think it sets a great future for the area and for Old Salem, and we’re thrilled the owners put in such a big effort to make it possible.” 

Beautiful, rhythmic hunters also set the stage in the Hedge and June Road rings, piloted by juniors, amateurs and professionals alike over courses designed by Paul Jewell and Nancy Wallis. 

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The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows host competitions for riders of all levels and ages, from young children on their polished ponies to Olympic veterans aboard their grand prix mounts. Each week’s show is USEF ‘Premier-6’ rated for hunters and jumpers and designated FEI CSI3* for May 10-15 and CSI4* for May 17-22. Each day, the Old Salem Farm action starts at approximately 8 a.m., with classes running simultaneously in three incredible rings.

Week 1 highlights include the $40,000 New York Welcome Stake and the $125,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix. Week 2 competition is highlighted by the $65,000 Welcome Stake of North Salem, $10,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby, and the $5,000 Old Salem Farm Grooms Class. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows conclude on Sunday, May 22, with the $200,000 Empire State Grand Prix at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Located just one hour north of New York City, Old Salem Farm has a long history of hosting world-class horse shows. The ambiance at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows is unlike any other venue in the country with over-the-top hospitality and unique shopping offered along Old Salem’s popular Boutique Row. VIP table seating offers an unbeatable view of the new International Arena and gourmet farm-to-table fare. Old Salem Farm food vendors provide meals to go and delicious snack options.

Family fun activities include pony rides, weekend face painting, and an ice cream party each Saturday, hosted by Pegasus Therapeutic Riding on May 14 and the Wolf Conservation Center on May 21. There will also be onsite dog adoptions each Saturday, hosted by the SPCA of Westchester on May 14 and A New Chance Animal Rescue on May 21. Admission is FREE for everyone Tuesday-Friday and $10 Saturday-Sunday.

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

Source: Press Release  by Marty Bauman for Old Salem Farm

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