My makeover horse’s name is Johhny Joe. It’s kind of like the “Ricky Bobbie” of show jumping—two plain names combined to make a working class animal with a split personality.
When I dreamed of a horse, I dreamed of a middle-aged bay gelding around 16 hands with a short back, long neck, and he was to be serviceably sound. Well, Johhny Joe is all that and a bag of chips. When you first look at him you see his head and think, “I better pass on this one,” but when you consider the (low) number of horses out there that are qualified for this, you better take a look. (At least that is what I did.) And when I did, I found that he was a dream horse.
McLain Ward Takes Tina la Boheme to the Top in $130,000 Empire State CSI3* Grand Prix at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows
Photo credit: The Book LLC
McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, and Tina la Boheme scored an impressive victory in the $130,000 Empire State CSI3* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, on Sunday to close out two weeks of competition at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows held at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. Collecting first and third-place ribbons, Ward topped a field of 39 over courses built by Alan Wade. Ward and Friday’s grand prix winner, Rothchild, were the trailblazers over Wade's first-round track and were later joined by five more horses, including the eventual class winner, Tina la Boheme.
What are some of your greatest accomplishments? Nancy has earned her gold, silver, and bronze medals with USDF. An accomplished trainer and rider through the grand prix level with extensive experience in the show ring in the US and in Europe, she has won many USDF, NEDA and High Performance Awards throughout her extensive career. Presently, she competes her own Glorious, whom she has brought up from three years old, and Relevante Couture, owned by Casey Satriano. Nancy and Glorious won many classes throughout New England in the past years as well as on the Florida circuit this past winter at Fourth Level.
Addison Gierkink and Denver Van’t Goemanshof Take Top Spot in $30,000 Week Two Grand Prix at Saratoga Springs Horse Show
Photo credit to ESI Photography, courtesy of Saratoga Springs Horse Show.
With the first of her two rides, Addison Gierkink navigated the Anthony D’Ambrosia course to find herself ultimately first and third. Denver Van’t Goemanshof, her first ride, went clean and well within the time allowed. In Gierkink’s second round she nailed it in 39.773 which put her at the top where she remained.
McLain Ward and HH Carlos Z. Photo Credit: The Book LLC.
McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, and HH Carlos Z saved the best for last to win the $50,000 Old Salem Farm CSI 2* Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, from the final spot in the jump-off order at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Highlighting Sunday’s hunter competition, McKayla Langmeier of East Granby, CT, claimed the Grand Junior Hunter Championship with long-time partner, Czar-Z. The Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows continue on May 17-22.