At the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show in North Salem, New York, 25-year-old Adrienne Sternlicht (pictured above) won the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI2* with Toulago (Toulon). It was the American rider’s first, career grand prix victory. Fellow American Sydney Shulman was 2nd with Villamoura, and Charlie Jacobs placed 3rd with Cassinja S.
In Lexington, KY, the Kentucky Spring Horse Show saw Kevin Babington take the Sunday grand prix aboard Super Chilled (Gelvin Clover). The Irish rider won the $35,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix CSI3*, with Ramiro Quintana of Argentina placing 2nd aboard Corento VH Dingenshof (Contendro I). Alex Granato of the USA was 3rd with Beorn (Douglas), and Karl Cook placed 4th with Caillou 24 (Casall).
Also at Kentucky Spring, Darragh Kenny took the biggest win of the weekend in the $131,000 Hollow Creek Farm Grand Prix CSI3* riding Babalou 41 (Balou Du Rouet). "She’s so fantastic. She’s so careful and tries so hard. She turns unbelievable and I think she’s going to be an incredible mare for the future. We’re really learning each other now and it feels so good and she’s jumping well, I’m just so happy with her,” said the Irish rider. Babalou's former rider, Todd Minikus, placed 2nd with Quality Girl (Quidam's Rubin), and Eugenio Garza was 3rd with Armani SL Z (Asca Z).
On the West Coast, both Southern and Northern California national circuits are well underway, with the Sonoma Horse Park’s opening week taking place one hour north of San Francisco. Mattias Ekeroth of Sweden placed 1st and 2nd in the $25,000 Tack Warehouse Grand Prix with Dacarlos (Verdi) and Hautesse Van’t Zorgvliet. Hayden Zadel placed 3rd with Triskel De Kerliven.
In Southern California, Carly Anthony is making her mark after a season in Wellington. She won the $60,000 Grand Prix of California with Chacco (Chacco-Blue), coming out ahead of veteran rider Richard Spooner with Quirado RC (Quinar). Shawn Casady placed 3rd with Cicomein VDL.