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Olympic Veterans & Top International Competitors Highlight Entries for 2022 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

North Salem, New York – May 3, 2022 – Olympic and Pan American Games veterans highlight the impressive list of riders entered to compete in the 2022 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, which are set to return with a full schedule of world-class equestrian competition May 10-15 and May 17-22.

Old Salem’s Spring Horse Shows Co-Chair and five-time Olympic veteran McLain Ward (USA) has been one of the first riders inside the new Old Salem Farm International Arena, having tested the all-purpose footing aboard his own horses leading up to the event. Ward, of Brewster, NY, is a top contender on the international stage, having earned four Olympic medals (Team Gold in 2004 and 2008; Team Silver in 2016 and 2021), competed in four World Equestrian Games (earning Team Silver in 2006, Team Bronze in 2014 and Team Gold in 2018), and taken home two Gold medals from the Pan American Games (2011, 2015) as well as winning the FEI World Cup™ Finals in 2017. 

Also entered for the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are three fellow Olympians who are based in North Salem, NY. Daniel Bluman (ISR) has competed in many international events including two Olympic Games, three World Equestrian Games, and two Pan American Games. Beat Mändli (SUI) is a nine-time FEI World Cup™ Finalist who won the title in 2007; he has also ridden in three World Equestrian Games and three Olympic Games, with a 2000 Team Silver medal under his belt. Six-time Olympic and six-time World Equestrian Games (WEG) veteran Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) adds to the international expertise, having earned Individual Olympic Gold (2004), Individual Gold at WEG (1998), double Silver in the 2013 Nations Cup Final, and three medals from two Pan American Games (Individual Silver and Team Gold in 2007; Team Silver in 2011). He is also the only rider to win the FEI World Cup™ Finals three consecutive years.

Georgina Bloomberg of New York City, Ailish Cunniffe of South Salem, and Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, CT bring additional experience from Team USA to the Old Salem entries. Bloomberg earned Team Bronze in the 2015 Pan American Games; Cunniffe helped claim Team Gold in two FEI North American Youth Jumping Championships (2017, 2018); and Sternlicht brought home Team Gold in the 2018 World Equestrian Games. Leading International Open Jumper Rider and Leading U25 Rider for the 2019 Washington International Horse Show, Sydney Shulman (Greenwich, CT) will also be in attendance representing Team Israel.

Located just one hour north of New York City, Old Salem Farm has a long history of hosting world-class horse shows. Over the years, Old Salem Farm has hosted United States Olympic Team Selection Trials, FEI World Cup™ qualifiers, FEI North American Youth Championships and ASPCA Maclay Regional Finals.

The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows host competitions for riders of all levels and ages, ranging from young children on ponies to Olympic veterans aboard their grand prix mounts. Each week’s show is USEF ‘Premier-6’ rated for hunters and jumpers and the shows are designated FEI CSI3* for Week 1 (May 10-15) and CSI4* for Week 2 (May 17-22).

The ambiance at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows is unlike any other venue in the country with over-the-top hospitality and unique shopping offered along Old Salem’s popular Boutique Row. VIP table seating is available for an unbeatable view of the Grand Prix arena and gourmet farm-to-table fare. Old Salem Farm food vendors provide meals to go and delicious snack options. Family fun activities include pony rides, face painting and more. 

For more information on Old Salem Farm and the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, please visit www.OldSalemFarm.net

Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman for Old Salem Farm

Photo: © SEL Photography / Sarah Latterner Anderson