Friday morning, September 25 kicked off another full day of hunter, jumper and equitation competition at Old Salem Farm for the Fall Series. Week III has been the most popular week of the series for entries. Professional Holly Orlando piloted Fable to the championship of the combined Performance Hunters 3’3” and 3’6” division. On the Grand Prix Field, young amateur Delaney Hamill took the top position aboard her own RMF Corvich in the $1,000 1.30m Open Jumper Stake, presented by Voltaire Design.
Holly Orlando on Fable. Photo by SEL Photography.
Holly Orlando, from Wellington, Florida, was nearly impossible to beat during the first day of competition in the Performance Hunter division, picking up a blue ribbon in each class. Orlando piloted two different mounts to the front of the pack in the over fences, first with James Anderson’s Fable, and then with Privet Farm LLC’s Park City.
Both returned to the show ring today for the conclusion of the division, but it was the 8-year-old Warmblood gelding Fable (Coupe De Alb x Queen T) that earned the tricolor ribbon.
“We imported Fable a little over a year ago, and he was a great pre-green horse,” Orlando said. “He did start in the first years but we had to take a big break in showing, due to COVID-19, so he will be reinstated as a first-year horse next year.”
She added that Anderson will show Fable in the 3’6” amateurs. Orlando and her business partner, Jenny Dunion, operate together out of Evermore Inc. and credit much of the farm’s success to their clientele and the quality of the horses.
“I started off just by riding some horses for Jenny and then it turned into more of a business partnership because we work so well together,” she said. “We try to be really nice to our horses so they enjoy their work and we are lucky to have such a pleasant group of clients and a variety of horses.”