North Salem, New York, USA – May 13, 2022 – Fresh off the 2022 World Cup™ Finals in Leipzig, Germany, Katherine Dinan (USA) and Grant Road Partners LLC’s Brego R’N B rode to a first-place finish in Friday’s Evergate Stables $40,000 1.50m New York Welcome Stake presented by Jumpr App at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Dinan and the 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding were the pathfinders in the jump-off and set an impossible time to beat at 39.400 seconds.
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.
World-renowned course designer Alan Wade (IRL) set a challenging course with 16 initial jumping efforts for the Welcome Stake, narrowing a field of 39 entries representing ten countries to only six in the jump-off. Only three rode double-clear rounds, with Dinan’s time of 39.400 seconds holding up against her competitors.
“I’ve had Brego for about three years,” Dinan (USA) said. “He’s 16 now, and he’s just a superstar. I sound like a pony kid, but I love him so much and am so grateful to ride him. He makes my job easy out there. I actually got him in the late winter/early spring of 2019, and our first horse show was here at Old Salem. Since then, he’s always been great here. I was excited to bring him back here as his first show since the World Cup™ Finals in Leipzig about a month ago. I’m happy that he felt so good after a competition like that.
“I really love this horse show,” she added. “My family’s farm is exactly five minutes down the road. I’ve timed it to a T – five minutes door to door. It’s a show that’s always been really important to us. I did my first Short Stirrup show here, and it’s always been a big moment in our calendar. It’s great to see the facility looking so good, with the team behind it putting in all these renewed efforts and making what has always been an amazing show even better. We’re super happy and fortunate for that, and to win at a place like this is great.”
Six-time Olympic veteran Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) earned second place with Quality FZ, Artemis Equestrian LLC’s 13-year-old Italian Sport Horse gelding. The pair stopped the clock at 39.500 seconds, just 0.1 seconds behind Dinan’s time.
Only 0.25 seconds behind Pessoa, five-time U.S. Olympian McLain Ward (USA) rode his and Susie Heller’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding Faro to a third-place finish in 39.750 seconds.
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.
Final Results – $40,000 New York Welcome Stake presented by Jumpr App
1) Katherine Dinan (USA) & Brego R’N B – 0 / 0 – 39.400
2) Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) & Quality FZ – 0 / 0 – 39.500
3) McLain Ward (USA) & Faro – 0 / 0 – 39.750
Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman for Old Salem Farm
Photos: © Randolph PR