North Salem, NY – September 20, 2023 – Many familiar faces around the Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows enjoyed Wednesday’s beautiful weather as hunters and jumpers kicked off Week 2 competition in the June Road Ring and International Arena, respectively. Among the first winners were Caroline McLeese of Omaha, NE, and Megan McDermott of South Salem, NY, who took top honors in their respective Open Jumper classes.
The Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows, September 12-17, September 19-24 and September 27-October 1, host competitions for riders of all levels and ages, ranging from young children on ponies to top Grand Prix stars aboard their up-and-coming mounts.
One of five riders to make it to the jump-off in the Open Jumper 1.20m, McLeese posted the fastest double-clear time in 42.604 seconds to secure first place aboard Double H Farm’s Lady Chester. Jennifer Januzis of Stroudsburg, PA, earned second with Irene Briggs’ Scarlett O’Hara N89 Z in 43.977 seconds. Katie Lynch of Amenia, NY, finished third in 46.584 seconds aboard David Hopper Inc.’s Kitty Price.
Immediately following were the horse-and-rider combinations challenging the Open Jumper 1.30m, where McDermott came out on top aboard Counter Balance LLC’s Bruce Z with the only double-clear round. As the only other entry to complete the jump-off, Hayley Mercer of Langley, BC, and David Artos’s Fastday VDL took second on a three-fault score. Mathilde Lockwood of Wellington, FL, piloted Andrea Vogel’s Zohra M Z to the fastest single-fault initial round, claiming third in 85.222 seconds.