NORTH SALEM, N.Y.--Daniel Bluman of Israel won the $38,700 FEI 1.45m Two-Phase class on Thursday, May 19 at the second of the Old Salem Spring Horse Shows.
Bluman on Cachemire De Braize had the fastest clean round in 26.47 seconds to win over Alan Wade’s 16-effort course.
There were 63 competitors in the first of the week’s CSI4* competitions, with Bluman ultimately clinching the win.
After helping Team USA claim a Nations Cup win in California over the weekend, McLain Ward gave it his all with speed specialist Catoki but couldn’t quite make Bluman’s blistering time.
Ward stopped the clock in 27.06 seconds to place second.
Katie Dinan placed third on Atika Des Hauts Vents, clean in 27.12 seconds.
HOLLY ORLANDO of North Salem, N.Y., repeated as the Grand Hunter Champion on Delancey.
Not only did Orlando repeat her successful Week 1 performances with Delancey to win the Green Conformation Hunter Championship, but she also claimed top honors with three other mounts: Green 3’9”/High Performance 4’ Combined Hunter Champion Adler; Green 3’6” Hunter Champion Kalvarie; and Green 3’3” Hunter Champion Macallan.
“This show has gone really well for us,” Orlando said. “We have a great group of horses and owners, and this really was a team effort. We just came off the Wellington circuit; by the end of the season, it can be hard going back to the same arena each day, so it’s been nice to be in a new ring. The horses were all fresh, crisp and jumped well these last few days. And Old Salem is such a beautiful place with a beautiful backdrop. I worked here for a long time, so it feels a little like coming home. The rings are fun to ride in, there’s always great judges, and the course design and show management are just fantastic.”
Despite Orlando’s championships in four divisions, Geoffrey Hesslink of Shelburne, Vt., overtook her to win the $5,000 Old Salem Farm Leading Hunter Rider Award.