McLain Ward, currently ranked number two on the Longines FEI World Rankings, rode to a win in the $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m aboard Balando, owned by Signe Ostby, to highlight competition on the Grand Prix Field at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.
Ward, who hails just minutes from Old Salem Farm in Brewster, NY, piloted Balando, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding (Burggraaf x Jasper), to a clear speed round in 54.38 seconds. The time was enough for the win over a field of the 56 riders competing over courses built by Ken Krome of Westminster, MD.
A second off the pace set by Ward, Andrew Ramsay (USA) stopped the clock in 55.59 seconds for second place riding Stranger 30 for the Stranger Group. Devin Ryan (USA) took third in 57.916 seconds riding Eddie Blue, owned by LL Show Jumpers, LLC. Ramsay also placed fourth riding Cocq a Doodle, owned by The Doodle Group in 58.134 seconds, while Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) rounded out the top five riding Raia d’Helby for Starlight Farms, LLC in 59.581 seconds.
Open Jumper competition continues with Thursday’s $10,000 1.40m – 1.45m on the Grand Prix Field, while the Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champion will be crowned in the Main Hunter Ring.
Spectators are welcome at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. General admission to Old Salem Farm is free Wednesday through Friday. On the weekends of May 13-14 and 20-21, admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12.
Stay informed on the happenings at Old Salem Farm this spring with live streaming of select events during the Spring Horse Shows at www.oldsalemfarm.net. Old Salem Farm and Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are also on Facebook, as well as on Twitter and Instagram as @oldsalemfarmny. Follow for an exclusive and behind-the-scenes look at the Old Salem Farm experience.
Final Results: $10,000 Open Jumper 1.40m
1 BALANDO: Dutch Warmblood gelding by Burggraaf x Jasper
MCLAIN WARD (USA), Signe Ostby: 0/54.380
2 STRANGER 30: 2006 Hanoverian gelding by Stakkato x Cheenook
ANDREW RAMSAY (USA), The Stranger Group: 0/55.590
3 EDDIE BLUE: 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Zirocco Blue VDL x Marlon
DEVIN RYAN (USA), LL Show Jumpers, LLC: 0/ 57.916
4 COCQ A DOODLE: 2007 Dutch Warmblood mare by Tolan R x Niagara
ANDREW RAMSAY (USA), The Doodle Group: 0/58.134
5 RAIA D’HELBY: 2005 Selle Français mare by Fergar Mail x Papillon Rouge
ADRIENNE STERNLICHT (USA), Starlight Farms, LLC: 0/59.581
6 DIABLO: 2008 by Jaguar Mail
MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA), Luja, LLC: 0/60.651
7 CAN CUN 2: 2008 Holsteiner gelding by Casall x Concerto II
MARIO DESLAURIERS (USA), Mario Deslauriers: 0/61.386
8 ROI DES FORETS: 2005 Selle Francais stallion by Indoctro x Le Tot de Semilly
ASHLEY PARTOW (USA), Caspian Group LLC: 0/63.835
9 MR. VISTO: 2005 Holsteiner stallion by Levisto
LAUREN TISBO (USA), Tequestrian Farms, LLC: 0/64.752
10 NEKTARINA B: 2005 Holsteiner mare by Nekton x Lancer II
CHRISTINA MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble: 0/64.817
11 D CAROLUS: 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Tjungske
JONATHAN MCCREA (USA), Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables: 0/65.199
12 BIJOU DU PONT RIHEN: 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Radco D Houtveld x Pluriel
MCLAIN WARD (USA), McLain Ward: 0/65.809