Jeffrey Welles and Calais Race to Victory in $3K 1.35m Open Jumper at Old Salem Farm Fall Series Horse Show

The $3,000 1.35m Open Jumper stake was the final class to take place on the turf of the Grand Prix Field during opening day of the Old Salem Farm Fall Series Horse Show. A total of 17 horse-and-rider combinations contested Paul Jewell‘s track but none could best the speed and efficiency of Jeffrey Welles. He and Triton Ventures Farms Inc.’s 13-year-old KWPN gelding Calais (Ultimo x Venus) bested Keirstin Johnsen and Lynne Schwartz’ Capri after crossing the final timers in 66.273 seconds.

Jeffrey Welles on Calais. Photo by SEL Photography.

“Calais was definitely fresh today,” Welles said. “He was bucking around and dragging me a bit but he jumped great and felt good on the grass.

“He really enjoys jumping on the grass and the course was nice as well,” he continued. “We have been showing mostly locally because of COVID-19, so it is nice to have this venue back up and running.”

Johnsen and Schwartz’s 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Capri (Quaprice Z x Nelrite) fell just short of Welles’ blazing time after finishing in 67.066 seconds. Matthias Tromp rounded out the top-three positions on the leaderboard with the Beyaert Farm Inc.’s 8-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Cardento x Topas) Manhattan.

Hunter and jumper competition will continue tomorrow with the feature class the $3,000 1.40m Open Jumper. Highlights will also include the 5 and 6-year-old Young Jumpers as well as more hunter action. Competition will continue over three consecutive weeks from September 8-13, 15-19, and 23-27.

Final Results – $3,000 Open Jumper 1.35m

1 CALIAS: 2007 KWPN gelding by Ultimo x Venus
JEFFREY WELLES, Triton Ventures Farms Inc.: 0/66.273

2 CAPRI: 2007 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Quaprice Z x Nelrite
KEIRSTIN JOHNSEN, Lynne Schwartz: 0/67.066

3 MANHATTAN: 2012 Belgian Warmblood mare by Cardento x Topas
MATTHIAS TROMP, Beyaert Farm Inc: 0/67.625

4 ALL GOLD DES ISLES: 2010 Selle Francais gelding by Nashville III x On My Heart Des Isles
KEVIN MEALIFF, SRB Stables: 0/68.178

5 JET RUN: 2010 Oldenburg gelding by Chacco Blue x Peisha
KAREN POLLE, Karen Polle: 0/69.216

6 MY JEWEL’S MAGIC TOUCH: 2012 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Stakkato x A- Jewels Touch
RODRIGO PESSOA, Jewel Court Stud USA LLC: 0/71.284

7 ISAAC 22: 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Nonstop x Wintina Deux
VICTORIA KETCHUM, Copperline Farm LLC: 0/75.454

8 CLICK FOR QUALITY: 2009 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Click And Cash x Quesada
TIFFANY MARR, Hidden Brook Farm: 0/75.977

9 MAGNUS ORFEO: 2005 Silla Argentino gelding by Magnus Orestes x Magnus Colomba
MARY MANFREDI, Mary Manfredi: 0/76.198

10 MAESTRO VAN DE VOLKAERT: 2012 Belgian Warmblood gelding by I’m Special De Muze x Raisagrafin
VICTORIA KETCHUM, Copperline Farm LLC: 78.074

11 VERTIGO DELORME: 2009 Westphalian stallion by Chacco Blue x Faretana
PENNY BRENNAN, Penny Brennan: 0/79.316

CHELSEA MOSS, Pablo Mejia: 4/77.681

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