North Salem, New York, USA – Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) has jumped the Old Salem Farm Speed Derby, presented by TownVibe, every year she has competed at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, but this year she introduced a new mount to the spectator-favorite event. Fantast, a 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood (Toulon x Rubes du Ri d’Asse) owned by Starlight Farms, carried Sternlicht to a quick clear in 71.63 seconds for the win.
After celebrating her 26th birthday on Thursday, Sternlicht showed off her horse’s speed on the Old Salem Farm Grand Prix Field, noting, “This is typically my FEI speed horse. He’s really quick across the ground and I really enjoyed this class because I think my horse really had fun out there. He got to jump a bit smaller and gallop around that beautiful field.
Adrienne Sternlicht (USA) & Fantast being presented as winners of the $15,000 Old Salem Farm Speed Derby, presented by TownVibe, on Saturday, May 11, by Ringmaster Alan Keeley and Chelsea Dwinell of Old Salem Farm
“Probably my greatest advantage is my horse’s natural foot speed,” continued Sternlicht, who rides under the tutelage of Brewster-based U.S. Olympian McLain Ward (USA) and recently relocated to work out of her own farm in Greenwich, CT. “He doesn’t spend a ton of time in the air, and he’s quick across the ground. I felt like I was prompt everywhere, particularly the turn on the bank, and I just tried to fly everywhere.”
Behind Sternlicht, Cormac Hanley (IRL) and Cotrani FBH, owned by Heathman Farm, LLC, finished second in 72.914 seconds, while Lillie Keenan (USA) took third in 73.61 seconds riding Be Gentle for owner Chansonette Farm.
Source: Press release by Jump Media for Old Salem Farm
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