Madison Goetzmann, 16, of Skaneateles, NY, rode to victory in the $5,000 Equitation Challenge aboard West Hill's Play It Again on Saturday at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running May 10-15 and May 17-22 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Highlighting Saturday’s hunter competition, Kelly Tropin of New York, NY, piloted her own Chablis to Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion, while Penny Brennan flew to a win the $15,000 Old Salem Farm Speed Derby, presented by TownVibe, in the irons of her own Sun Tzu.
Goetzmann, who trains with Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables, was sitting fourth on an 86 before the top 12 riders in the Equitation Challenge returned for the second round.
“Whenever we riders are coming back a little behind, [Stacia] always gives us confidence, but also a push to win,” said Goetzmann of her trainer. “That is exactly what she did today – she told me to be very smooth, but also to stay calm and collected.”
Madden's advice proved correct as Goetzmann scored an 89 in the second round for the win. T.J O'Mara claimed second on a pair of 87s, while Vivian Yowan took third with an 88 and 85.5. Lilly Higgins scored an 83 and 90 for fourth, and Ellyn Fritz capped the top five on scores of 82 and 85.
“I really loved the course,” said Goetzmann. “It suited my horse well. He's very slick and efficient, so I just really needed to focus on consistency and smoothness throughout the whole round. The first round was very good. I maybe left the first line a little long which resulted in a lower score, but the second round was one of the best rounds I’ve ever had on him. We really were in touch for the whole thing, and he shined throughout both rounds.”
With two junior years left, Goetzmann has her sights set on placing well in equitation finals this year, with a specific dream to win the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals.
Goetzmann is no stranger to equitation success at Old Salem Farm after placing second in the Equitation Challenge in 2015 behind winner Victoria Colvin.
“Old Salem is honestly one of my favorite shows. I love just the environment,” she said. “I would like to thank Beacon Hill and Stacia Madden, but also my mom Sheila and dad Eric for supporting me throughout all of this.”
Kelly Tropin and Chablis Claim Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Champion
Kelly Tropin rode her own Chablis to Champion in the Amateur-Owner 18-35 Division, sponsored by Charles Owen, after picking up two firsts and one fourth place ribbon over fences and winning both the handy round and the under saddle.
Tropin, who rides with Peter Lutz and Mary Manfredi at Davenport Show Jumping in North Salem, NY, has known her eight-year old Wurttemberger gelding since he was four, and purchased him out of her own barn when he was six.
“The first time we saw him, I was standing with Peter next to the Rost Ring at WEF and he trotted by,” said Tropin. “He is very flashy and Peter said to me, 'I have to have that horse'.”
A determined Lutz got his wish, and Chablis joined his string before Tropin took up the reins. But for Tropin, having her trainer take the lead on Chablis's development was an ideal situation.
“He is incredible with young horses – he schooled him over cross-country jumps, did all of the gymnastics the jumpers do, and he is really bold and brave for that reason,” said Tropin. “When I get young horses like that, I prefer to have Peter make them for me because he is such an amazing horseman.”
Chablis, the horse Tropin calls Shabby to keep him humble, is the most athletic hunter in the world according to his owner.
“Last week, I was schooling him over the gymnastics, and he does it better than some of my high amateur jumpers,” said Tropin. “He's so athletic and talented, I think if he retired from being a hunter he could be a grand prix horse.”
Tropin, who works full-time as an Economist, has been showing at Old Salem Farm since she was 13 and competed Chablis for the first time ever at the Spring Horse Shows in 2014.
“It’s the most beautiful horse show in the world,” she said. “It’s my favorite show, and I always make sure that I save vacation days so I can show at Old Salem.”
Laura Sexton and her own Set To Music jumped to reserve champion in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 18-35 Division. They earned a fifth and two second-place ribbons over fences before scoring second again in the handy round, as well as the under saddle, for reserve honors.
Penny Brennan Speeds to Blue in $15,000 Old Salem Farm Speed Derby, presented by TownVibe
Penny Brennan (GBR) channeled her 12 years as a thoroughbred jockey to pilot her own Sun Tzu to beat a star-studded crowd in the $15,000 Old Salem Farm Speed Derby, presented by TownVibe, on Saturday. She and the Irish Sport Horse gelding cruised through fellow British native Richard Jeffery's course clear in a blistering 83.337 seconds for the win.
Brennan bested McLain Ward (USA) and his own Qantor des Etisses, who settled for second. Ward had the time across the course, but a rail in the faults-converted class settled him on a final time of 85.92 seconds. Mattias Tromp (USA) and KM Whatever RV, owned by Beyaert Farm, Inc. took third in 87.43 seconds, while Edward Levy (FRA) and Rose Hill Farm's Pauly du Breuil claimed fourth in 88.05 seconds. Kyle Timm (CAN) rounded out the top five on 89.012 seconds aboard Calida 55 for Apex Equestrian Center.
Brennan's win was a welcomed high point in an otherwise stressful journey. After her trailer broke down moments before unloading her horses at Old Salem Farm, a blue ribbon made her week a success despite setbacks. But for Brennan, the highlight was seeing her name on the leaderboard above those like Ward, who was leading the class for several trips until Brennan walked onto the Grand Prix Field.
Where other riders saw seven strides in the first line of the course, Brennan “hit the gas” and left out a stride, saving valuable time on the clock.
“Sun Tzu is just so game. It doesn’t matter if you are long or deep or if the jumps are on fire, he is going to try and win for you,” said Brennan. “I feel amazing right now. I needed it more than anything in the world.”
Brennan purchased Sun Tzu out of the child/adult jumper ring after spotting talent in the gelding. After Saturday's win, Brennan admits she will continue to compete Sun Tzu and see what else he has to show her.
“The sky’s the limit and if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough,” she concluded.
Old Salem Farm will host the $50,000 Old Salem Farm CSI 2* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday at 2 pm to highlight competition on the Grand Prix field, while Grand Pony, Children's, and Junior Hunter Champions will be crowned in the hunter rings. Meanwhile, family activities, including face painting and pony rides by Pied Piper, will begin at 11 am.
Final Results: $5,000 Equitation Challenge
1 Madison Goetzmann
PLAY IT AGAIN West Hill
86 + 89 = 175
2 TJ O'Mara
KASKADE Walstib Stables, LLC
87 + 87 = 174
3 Vivian Yowan
ZOFFANY Lia Screnci
88 + 85.5 = 173.5
4 Lilly Higgins
COMMON SENSE Woodacres Stables, LLC
83+ 90 = 173
5 Ellyn Fritz
LOLITA Ariel Leshem
82 + 85 = 167
6 Maya Nayyar
FOX Z Maya Nayyar
81 + 81.5 = 162.5
7 Taylor St Jacques
CARRIOTT Heritage Farm, Inc.
76 + 81 = 157
8 Francesca Dildabanian
CHECKLAND Francesca Dildabanian
74 + 82 = 156
9 Hannah Doherty
SANCHO Valerie Renihan
78 + 66 = 144
10 Liliane Kaissar
SALT LAKE Liliane Kaissar
75 + 60 = 135
11 Lucy Deslauriers
CLASS ACTION Lisa Deslauriers
92 + 26 = 118
12 Samantha Cohen
TRUMP Samantha Cohen
80 + 20 = 100
Final Results: $15,000 Old Salem Farm Speed Derby, presented by TownVibe
1 SUN TZU: 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding by Cruising
Penny Brennan (GBR), Penny Brennan: 83.337
2 QANTOR DES ETISSES: 2004 Selle Francais gelding by Quick Star
McLain Ward (USA), McLain Ward: 85.920
3 KM WHATEVER RV: 2003 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Murano x Amethist
Mattias Tromp (USA), Beyaert Farm, Inc.: 87.430
4 PAULY DU BREUIL: 2003 Selle Francais gelding by Pamphile x Jasper
Edward Levy (FRA), Rose Hill Farm: 88.052
5 CALIDA 55: 2004 Oldenburg mare by Converter x Landkaiser
Kyle Timm (CAN), Apex Equestrian Center: 89.012
6 ALUNA: 2005 Dutch Warmblood mare by Dollar du Murier
Nicholas Dello Joio (USA), Allison Stawarz: 91.435
7 BARITCHOU DBT: 2001 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kannan x Garitchou X
Brianne Goutal (USA), Rose Hill Farm: 93.090
8 GLAMOUR VAN DE KAKEBEEK: 2006 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Chatman x Eros Platiere
Kyle Timm (CAN), Kerry Anne, LLC: 94.393
9 S & L LUXURY: 2006 Holsteiner stallion by Con Air x Baldini I
Edward Levy (FRA), Rose Hill Farm: 95.504
10 QUIDAM 13: 2004 Danish Warmblood gelding by Bogegardens Quattro x Carano
Sydney Shulman (USA), Jill Shulman: 96.101
11 CASH: 2007 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Quasimodo Z
Jimmy Torano (USA), Jimmy & Danielle Torano: 97.202
12 FINEMAN: 2003 Swedish Warmblood gelding by Feliciano x Kotiljong II
Edward Levy (FRA), Rose Hill Farm: 97.282
The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows offer more than $500,000 in divisions ranging from ponies and equitation to Under 25 and top FEI competition. General admission to Old Salem Farm is free Wednesday through Friday during the Spring Horse Shows. On the weekends of May 14-15 and 21-22, which feature the $50,000 Old Salem Farm CSI 2* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday, May 15, and the $130,000 Empire State CSI 3* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday, May 22, admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. To purchase tickets for all show jumping events at the Spring Horse Shows, CLICK HERE.
Stay on top of all things Old Salem Farm this spring with all-day live streaming of the Grand Prix Field Friday through Sunday at www.oldsalemfarm.net.
Major events on the live stream include (times are subject to change):
“ShowNet Time Allowed” Pre-Game Show, on Sunday, May 15, 1:30 pm
$50,000 Old Salem Farm CSI 2* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday, May 15, 2 pm
$35,000 Grand Prix of North Salem, brought to you by Great American Insurance, on Friday, May 20, 1 pm
$35,000 Speed Derby of North Salem on Saturday, May 21, 12 pm
$15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, T & R Development, on Saturday May 21, 1 pm
“ShowNet Time Allowed” Pre-Game Show, on Saturday, May 21, 1:30 pm
$10,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by The Gochman Family, on Saturday, May 21, 2 pm
“ShowNet Time Allowed” Pre-Game Show, on Sunday, May 22, 2 pm
$130,000 Empire State CSI 3* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday, May 22, 2:30 pm
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Full horse show results can be found at www.horseshowsonline.com.
About the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
Old Salem Farm, located just one hour north of New York City, is one of the best equestrian competition venues in North America, as rated by the North American Riders Group. Host of the FEI 2* and 3* Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the prestigious American Gold Cup CSI-W 4*, and year-round competitions, the facility offers a state-of-the-art turf grand prix field, indoor riding arena, and two all-weather footing rings. As a boarding and training facility, Old Salem Farm is second to none and home to top trainer Frank Madden.