North Salem, New York, USA – While competing at the 2018 American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W at Old Salem Farm, Sydney Shulman’s mount Villamoura sustained an eye injury and has been sidelined for the past eight months. They returned to the show ring at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows and scored a win right out of the gate in the $10,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Miller Motorcars.
“This is a huge deal for me because she’s my best horse, my favorite horse, and this was our goal to be able to show here this year,” said Shulman, whose mother Jill has owned Villamoura for four years. “We brought her back nicely and made sure she was fit enough for this. I’m beyond thrilled and so happy to have her back. I really missed her this winter.”
Shulman (ISR), 24, and Villamoura were one pair of seven to jump clear over the first round and advance to the jump-off. They returned and stopped the clock clear again in 35.340 seconds for the win over Jeremy Sweetnam (IRL) aboard Cliff Z for owner Gotham Enterprizes.
“I don’t think anyone knew what she was going to be until she won the 1.50m here at Gold Cup two years ago,” said Shulman. “She was a late bloomer, and it took a while to slow her down because she’s really hot. We took our time and now the sky is the limit for her.”
Based in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA, Shulman has been competing at Old Salem Farm since she was eight years old in the children’s jumpers. She and her family’s Back Country Farm have 27 horses competing during the Spring Horse Shows, two of which tackled the Under 25 Grand Prix.
Sydney Shulman (USA) & Villamoura are presented as winners of the $10,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Miller Motorcars, by Ringmaster Alan Keeley and Chelsea Dwinell of Old Salem Farm
“It’s wonderful to have a stepping stone division instead of having to jump a three-star grand prix against McLain Ward (USA), Beezie Madden (USA), Laura Kraut (USA), and all the other top riders,” said Shulman, who has one final year to compete in the Under 25 ranks. “I wish I had many more years!”
Sweetnam settled for second in 36.099 seconds, while Caitlin Creel (USA) rounded out the top three riding her own Dynamis KC in 39.370 seconds.
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Final Results: $10,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Miller Motorcars
Place / Horse / Rider / R1 Penalties / Jump-off Penalties | Time
1) Sydney Shulman (ISR) & Villamoura (Diamant de Semilly) – 0 / 0 | 35.340
2) Jeremy Sweetnam (IRL) & Cliff Z (Canturano x Quasimodo Z) – 0 / 0 | 36.099
3) Caitlin Creel (USA) & Dynamis KC (Berlin x Heartbreaker) – 0 / 0 |39.370
4) Raleigh Hiler (USA) & Alvarino Z (Acodetto 2 x Caretino 2) – 0 / 0 |39.663
5) Rachel Glicklich (USA) & MJ (Conejo) – 0 / 4 | 39.161
6) Donovan Ross (USA) & Jasper III – (Clovis 111) – 0 / 4 | 39.240
7) Emma Marlowe (USA) & Balou 660 (Balou du Rouet x Ramiro) – 0 / Elim.
8) Natalie Dean (USA) & Ceitasi (Caretello B x Cavalier) – 4 | 72.340
9) Jeremy Sweetnam (IRL) & Calista (Cornet Obolensky x Pontifex) – 4 | 72.370
10) Maria Brugal (DOM) & Aletta (Sydney x Guidam) – 4 | 74.450
11) Sydney Shulman (USA) & Hilgarie (Calvaro x Kashmir van Schuttershof) – 4 | 77.868
12) Caitlyn Creel (USA) & Double Duchess KC (Cornet Fever x Lenardo) – 4 | 76.249
Source: Press release from Jennifer Wood / Jump Media LLC for Old Salem Farm
Photos: © The Book
Categories: CSI U-25