North Salem, NY – May 1, 2013 – The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are proud to welcome the 2013 Rolex FEI World Cup Final winner, Beezie Madden, back to the United States. Her first competition will be the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, held on May 7-12 and 14-19, 2013. In addition to Madden, local rider and Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, will be at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Ward placed fifth in this year’s World Cup Final. Come watch both riders as they return to the show ring on U.S. soil!
Not only can you watch the world’s best at Old Salem Farm, you can also be a part of a “Welcome Back” celebration on Sunday, May 12. The party will honor Madden, Ward, and all of the United States riders from the World Cup Final. We will honor Madden on her amazing achievement of winning for the United States, and fans will be able to meet her and other riders at an autograph signing following Sunday’s grand prix class.
Madden, one of only five women to have won the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals, is looking forward to showing at the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows. “We love the facility and the improvements they’ve done there. We always look forward to jumping on the grass field,” she described.
Madden also pointed out that the effort that Old Salem Farm puts into their events is appreciated by the riders. “We love being at a show where they try to make the show special, and it’s nice to have a show with personality!” she remarked.
Some of her mounts, such as Amadora, Vanilla, and Mademoiselle will compete during the first week, and her 2012 Olympic mount, Coral Reef Via Volo, will be aimed for the grand prix during the second week.
The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, rated the #11 show in North America by the North American Riders Group, has a full schedule of fun events for exhibitors and spectators. General admission, set at $20.00 per car on Friday-Sunday, generates proceeds to support the Old Salem Farm Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Join us at these great events!
Sunday, May 5
11:00am-4:00pm: Welcome Day: Off-Road Adventure – Test Drive a Land Rover!, JustWorld’s Horseless Horse Show, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Face Painting, Make a Wolf Mask and Paw Prints with Wolf Conservation Center, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides from Cimarron Ranch, and see Seth Dale – Magicial for all ages!
Friday, May 10
Noon: $25,000 New York Welcome Stake
3:30pm: Canine Puissance
5:00-6:30pm: Victoria’s Pizzeria “Make Your Own Pizza” Exhibitor Party
6:00pm: You’re Invited! Meet Atka the Ambassador Wolf from the Wolf Conservatory Center of North Salem
Saturday, May 11
1:00-3:00pm: $5,000 Equitation Challenge Reception, presented by AIG/Kaplow Insurance Agency and Heritage Farm
1:30pm: $5,000 Equitation Challenge
3:00-4:00pm: Ice Cream Social sponsored by The Gochman Family
Sunday, May 12
2:00pm: $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix, presented by Suncast
Mother’s Day Sunday Ride for Research
Friday, May 17
Noon: $25,000 Grand Prix of North Salem
4:00pm: $5,000 Groom’s Class
5:00-6:30pm: Pasta Extravaganza! “Make Your Own Pasta” Exhibitor Party with Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy, called “Rivetingly Absurd” by The New York Times
Saturday, May 18
1:00pm: $20,000 Speed Derby of North Salem
3:00-4:00: Ice Cream Social sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance
3:30pm: $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate
5:00-6:30pm ASPCA Equine Advocacy Reception
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Sunday, May 19
2:30pm: $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group
11:00am – 4:00pm: ASPCA Adoption Day! Meet rescued dogs, cats, and miniature horses looking for forever homes!
The $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix, presented by Suncast, on May 12, the $10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate, on May 18, and the $100,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on May 19 will all be broadcast on the USEF Network.com presented by Smartpak. You may watch these events LIVE as they happen at www.USEFNetwork.com or www.oldsalemfarm.net.
The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows celebrate its 31st year in 2013 and offer two weeks of exceptional equestrian sport on May 7-12 and May 14–19 at one of the nation’s premier and newly renovated equestrian facilities, Old Salem Farm, in North Salem, New York. Old Salem’s beautifully manicured grounds, list of elite horses and riders, and fantastic social gatherings draw spectators from Westchester County and beyond to watch horses and ponies of every size compete for almost $500,000 in prize money. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows feature over 130 hunter and jumper classes each week, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from across the country. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net/mayhome.
Photo Credit: Beezie Madden – © The Chronicle of the Horse Photo. Other photos – © Parker/Russell – The Book LLC. These photos may be used only in relation to this press release and with proper credit.