CSI 2*

Adrienne Sternlicht & Toulago Shine Bright to Victory in Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI 2*

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North Salem, New York, USA – Adrienne Sternlicht (USA), of Greenwich, CT, led her first grand prix victory gallop riding Toulago after the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday, May 13, at the 2018 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, running through May 20 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.

From a field of 40 over tracks built by Ken Krome of Westminster, MD, Sternlicht, who celebrated her 25th birthday on Wednesday, May 9, was first to return in an 11-horse jump-off. She and Toulago, a 13-year-old Oldenburg gelding (Toulon x Carthago Z) owned by Starlight Farms, LLC, laid down an unbeatable time in 39.15 seconds for the win.

“It was an amazing day. It’s a bit surreal and everyone was telling me not to cry. I am super happy with my horse and even happier that I executed my plan.

Sternlicht trains with U.S. Olympic team gold medalist and Brewster, NY, native McLain Ward, who is known for pulling out all the stops when it counts.

“McLain’s advice was to do six from one to two and I wasn’t sure how that would ride given that I did eight in the first round, but I picked up a good canter and believed in my horse,” said Sternlicht, who executed the two-stride leave out perfectly. “My horse is incredible and quite brave. He really knows his job and he’s quite seasoned at this level; I‘m really lucky to have him as a teacher. Typically, I would ride a bit conservative to the last fence [in a jump-off], but I knew I had nothing to lose with so many fast horses coming after me, especially Sydney on her horse Villamoura, who was definitely the fastest horse in the class. I knew I had to take a shot.”

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Sydney Shulman finished second in the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by The Kincade Group, riding Villamoura on Sunday, May 13, during the 2018 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.
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Sternlicht took that shot and held off Sydney Shulman (USA), also of Greenwich, CT. But, it was a rivalry among friends as the two young riders have been competing together since they were children.

“She’s like my sister,” said Sternlicht. “We were best friends since we were born and she’s family to me. It’s amazing to have that kind of connection with someone in the sport.”

Shulman and her nine-year-old mare by Diamant de Semilly, owned by her mother Jill Shulman, stopped the timers just short of the lead in 39.29 seconds.

“This is a relatively green horse and she’s small, but she’s just shown class after class that she tries every time and it’s a great finish,” said Shulman. “I think my horse comes up to Adrienne’s horse’s knee caps, but she’s super quick across the ground so I really had to stay calm and cool and collected. I’m thrilled that Adrienne won today; it almost feels like I’m winning myself when she does well.”

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Charlie Jacobs took third in the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI 2*, presented by The Kincade Group, riding Cassinja S on Sunday, May 13, during the 2018 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.
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Charles Jacobs (USA) of Boston, MA, jumped into the top three with a double-clear finish in 40.08 seconds riding his two-time FEI World Cup Jumping Final mount, Cassinja S, a 12-year-old Dutch Sporthorse mare owned by CMJ Sporthorse, LLC.

“I bought her as a seven-year-old and she’s my girl – I love her,” he said. “I have been jumping here at Old Salem Farm for many years and the showgrounds make significant improvement each year. It’s a great show and we get top horses and riders who come out year after year. It’s always a pleasure to jump on a grass field, win or lose.”

With a time of 41.34 seconds, Ireland’s Cormac Hanley finished in fourth riding Alma Z, owned by Heathman Farm, LLC, and Mario Deslauriers (CAN) rounded out the top five aboard Bardolina 2 for owner Wishing Well Farm, LLC in 41.39 seconds.

As the first week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows comes to a close, FEI riders will now turn their focus to CSI 3* competition during week two, which offers the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday, May 20.

Spectators are welcome at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows with free general admission to Old Salem Farm Wednesday through Friday. On the weekend of 19-20, admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12.

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Adrienne Sternlicht and Toulago are presented as winners of the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI2*, presented by The Kincade Group, by Old Salem Farm owner Kamran Hakim and family on Sunday, May 13, during the 2018 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.
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From the Top Three…

Typically, I would ride a bit conservative to the last fence [in a jump-off], but I knew I had nothing to lose with so many fast horses coming after me, especially Sydney on her horse Villamoura, who was definitely the fastest horse in the class. I knew I had to take a shot.” ~ Adrienne Sternlicht (USA)

“This is a relatively green horse and she’s small, but she’s just shown class after class that she tries every time and it’s a great finish. I think my horse comes up to Adrienne’s horse’s knee caps, but she’s super quick across the ground so I really had to stay calm and cool and collected. I’m thrilled that Adrienne won today; it almost feels like I’m winning myself when she does well.” ~ Sydney Shulman (USA)

“I bought [Cassinja S] as a seven-year-old and she’s my girl – I love her. I have been jumping here at Old Salem Farm for many years and the showgrounds make significant improvement each year. It’s a great show and we get top horses and riders who come out year after year. It’s always a pleasure to jump on a grass field, win or lose.” ~ Charles Jacobs (USA)

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Final Results: $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI2*, presented by The Kincade Group

  1. Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Toulago – TOULAGO: 2005 Oldenburg gelding by Toulon x Carthago Z – Starlight Farms LLC: 0/0/39.15
  2. Sydney Shulman (USA) & Villamoura – 2009 mare by Diamant de Semilly – Jill Shulman: 0/0/39.29
  3. Charles Jacobs (USA) & Cassinja S – 2006 Dutch Sporthorse mare by Carinjo x Cassini – CMJ Sporthorse, LLC: 0/0/40.80
  4. Cormac Hanley (IRL) & Alma Z – 2007 Oldenburg mare by Chacco-Blue x Pablo – Heathman Farm, LLC: 0/0/41.34
  5. Mario Deslauriers (CAN) & Bardolina 2 – Holsteiner mare by Clarimo x Landos – Wishing Well Farm LLC: 0/0/41.39
  6. Kelli Cruciotti (USA) & Chamonix – 2001 SWB mare by Equest Carnute x Caletto II – Serenity Farm: 0/0/42.28
  7. Lucy Davis (USA) & Caracho – 2009 Holsteiner gelding by Dobel’s Cento x Acodetto – Old Oak Farm: 0/0/43.44
  8. Vasco Flores (PUR) & Balou – 2005 Hanoverian gelding by Balou du Rouet x Ramiro – Gotham Enterprizes LLC: 0/4/42.68
  9. Christine McCrea & Dali de Vy – 2009 SBS mare by Ugano Sitte x Fidji du Fleury – Candy Tribble & Windsor Show Stables: 0/4/45.29
  10. Georgina Bloomberg (USA) & Crown 5 – 2005 Holsteiner by Cassini I x Lord – Gotham Enterprizes LLC: 0/4/48.45
  11. Captain Brian Cournane (IRL) & Penelope Cruz – 2008 Irish Sport Horse mare by Ustinov x Peter Pan
  12. Heather Caristo-Williams (USA) & Qui Vive des Songes Z – 2006 Zangersheide stallion by Quaprice Z x Lagos – Holly & Ralph Caristo: 1/77.55

Source: Press Release by Lindsay Brock / Jump Media for Old Salem Farm

Photos: ©  The Book