Mark Bluman takes top honors in $10,000 Old Salem Farm September horse shows finale


Mark Bluman and Jonathan VDL won the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic during the September Horse Shows’ final week. © SEL Photography

From Old Salem Farm

Following three weeks of competition for riders of all levels and ages, the Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows concluded Sunday with a field of 46 entries in the $10,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic. Riding to the day’s final victory were Colombia’s Mark Bluman and Jonathan VDL, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Olivia Welsh.

Bluman took top honors against many of his fellow international competitors throughout the week, including the Classic’s second-place finisher Jonathan Corrigan (IRL) aboard Twin Oaks Ventures LLC’s Darius De Kerglenn. Egypt’s Nayel Nassar claimed third with Evergate Stables LLC’s Dorado De Riverland.

Other jumper highlights included the $2,000 Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, where Sutton Friesen of Kelowna, BC, rode Emily Sumeray’s Adare Ya To to victory and cemented their place as the division Champions. Additional champions included Ciara Hourihan of Ridgefield, CT, aboard Finola, owned by Peixoto Ferreira Filho and Marco Antonio, in the Old Salem Farm Child/Adult Jumpers.

Featured hunter competition included Friday’s $2,500 Old Salem Farm Hunter Derby, won by Madison Hart of Greenwich, CT, aboard Victoria Hart’s Believe. Emma Von Bargen of Massapequa, NY, piloted John Martin-Carey’s Calipso to second-place honors, while Renato Troiani of Wellington, FL, and Nicole Modell’s Always Social finished third.

Madison Hart and Believe won the $2,500 Old Salem Farm Hunter Derby. © SEL Photography

Among the champions crowned at the Old Salem Farm September Horse Shows was Amateur Owner Hunter Champion Showtime, owned and ridden by Lindsay Juge of New Canaan, CT. Casino 71, owned and ridden by Nicholas Lopes of Bermuda, and Authentic, owned and ridden by Ava Maria Guindi of Freehold, NJ, claimed the Junior Hunter Championships at the 3’6” and 3’3” heights, respectively.

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