Horsing around on Mom’s day

Having experienced it myself, I can say that there are few better places to be on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14) than the Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm in North Salem.

The food. The shopping. The strolling. The seeing and being seen.

Did I mention the horses?

The Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm, on through May 21, afford locals an opportunity to see world-class riders, including members of the U.S. Olympic team, in international competitions.

But you can also picnic hillside, mosey along with the pooch and kids, kibitz with merchants, artists and veterinarians or hobnob in the signature two-tier VIP tent, which will host an evening party for the first time on Mother’s day. For the second year in a row, Brewster-based Clock Tower Grill will have a pop-up restaurant upstairs in the majestic Main Barn, overlooking an indoor ring, along with an outdoor stand that will take its place amid jewelry, clothing, saddle and photography vendors.

Still, it’s all in service of the competition – hunter, jumper and equitation events in all classes, junior and adult, amateur and professional. (For new fans, hunter competitions are the equine version of the artistic score in figure skating, purely subjective, while jumper events are all about equine athleticism with the horse making the fewest mistakes in the least amount of time winning. Equitation events also are about artistry, but they focus on the rider’s form.)

Highlights include the $15,000 Old Salem Farm Speed Derby, a $5,000 Equitation Challenge and a jumper competition culminating with the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix in the first week. The second week offers a $10,000 international hunter derby and three grand prix events with the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix closing out the show on May 21.

Old Salem Farm – rated one of the best equestrian competition venues by the North American Riders Group from 2011 through 2015 and home of that fall classic, the American Gold Cup – will also present a 25 jumper division for riders making the transition into the grand prix ranks from junior competition. A $5,000 Grooms’ Class will honor the grooms of the horses, and $5,000 leading rider awards will be presented in both hunter and jumper divisions.

Consider us ready to saddle up.

For more, call 914-669-5610 or visit oldsalemfarm.net.

– Georgette Gouveia

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