Keirstin Johnsen got the 34th annual Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows underway in winning form by claiming the division title in The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) $2,000 Low Thoroughbred Hunter 3' Division aboard Hennepin on Welcome Day, held Sunday, May 8, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows will host two weeks of exceptional hunter/jumper competition, highlighted by a CSI 2* on May 10-15, and a CSI 3*, held May 17-22.
After jumping to a tricolor ribbon in the 2015 T.I.P. division at Old Salem Farm's Spring Horse Shows, Johnsen and eight-year-old Hennepin, owned by Shelly Ferrall, were first and fourth over fences before topping the under saddle this year to again clinch the win. Reserve Champion honors were presented to Oakley Clark and Boscobel, owned by Heritage Farm, after first and second place ribbons over fences and fourth under saddle.
Ferrall found Hennepin on an Internet ad four years ago, after the then four-year old gelding had been retired from his career on the racetrack.
“I was looking for a Thoroughbred to get me back to riding after being out of the saddle for ten years,” said Ferrall. “I saw a little video of him trotting over cross rails and it was pretty bad, but he had a certain way about him.”
According to Johnsen, Ferrall saved the gelding’s life and helped him to become a successful show hunter.
“It took a little time and a lot of work, but [Shelly] was very patient and let us do what we needed to do, and he has totally stepped up to the plate,” said Johnsen. “She basically told me she didn't care what he became, she just wanted to be able to ride him someday.”
When asked what drew them to the T.I.P. classes, Johnsen responded, “It's really nice to be able to show against horses that have done the same thing. They are different and a little more sensitive in different ways, so it's nice to go against horses in that same category.”
T.I.P. classes are proudly offered at Old Salem Farm thanks to the support of Vivien Malloy, who owns Edition Farm, a Thoroughbred breeding farm in Dutchess County, NY. She presents the division in honor of her daughter, Debby Malloy Winkler, who showed at Old Salem Farm as a junior and passed away following a tragic fall from a horse at her home in Germany in 2011. In addition to high-point awards, Johnsen was also presented with the Debby Malloy Winkler Memorial Trophy, donated by the Malloy Family.
For Vivien Malloy, it's an honor to watch horses that had a career on the track have second chances to shine in the show ring. This marks the third year she has presented the Debby Malloy Winkler Memorial Trophy at Old Salem Farm.
“I breed Thoroughbreds, and I feel very responsible for them throughout their whole lives,” she said. “There are $15,000 Thoroughbreds retiring each year and most are serviceably sound. I wanted to do something in Debby's name because she rode and loved Thoroughbreds. She rode Warmbloods in Germany and said she would save her Thoroughbreds for the end of her day and call them her dessert. She loved them, and I wanted to do something in her memory.”
Commencing on Tuesday, May 10, 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 Grand Prix CSI2*, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday, May 15, and the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix CSI3*, 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, as well as special events including ice cream socials, pony rides, face painting, and more, CLICK HERE.
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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. For more information, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net or call 914-669-5610.