Twenty-three-year-old Sydney Shulman (USA) topped the first international event of the week in the $10,000 New York Speed Stake CSI2* on Thursday, May 10, riding Ardente Printaniere, while Hundred Acre, ridden by Barbara Spizzirro, was named Grand Adult Amateur Hunter Champion at the 2018 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running May 8-13 and May 15-20 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.
Shulman hails from Greenwich, CT, and grew up riding at Old Salem Farm. She and her mother Jill will be competing with the riders of their own Back Country Farm throughout the two weeks of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.
On winning the first international competition of the week, Shulman said, “You can’t start the week off any better than this!
“This mare has a huge stride, so after the first double down the hill, I trusted how careful she is and really galloped away from that first combination to the next combination,” continued Shulman on the 12-year-old SBS mare by Joyeux Ardent she got from Maarten Huygens and McLain Ward in August of 2017. “I think that’s where she may have had it because she covered so much ground.”
Shulman stopped the clock at 63.87 seconds and furthered proved Ardente Printaniere’s knack for speed, saying, “I got her to be another Under 25 or 1.50m grand prix horse for me, but she has turned into quite the speed horse and it’s where she is comfortable, so that is where I will place her now.”
Ireland’s Cormac Hanley tried to best Shulman on two different mounts, but settled for second in 64.30 seconds with VDL Cartello and third on a time of 66.13 seconds riding Alma Z, both owned by Heathman Farm, LLC. Lauren Fischer (USA) took fourth in 68.54 seconds riding Tosca du Feugre, owned by Cheryl Fischer, while Jonathan McCrea (USA) rounded out the top five aboard Win For Life in 69.16 seconds for owner Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables.