Old Salem Farm to Host Clinic With Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward
RELEASE: November 9, 2009
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: By Marty Bauman
Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY, will host a two-day clinic with two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward. On December 5-6, riders eager to learn from the accomplished show jumping veteran will be able to do so at Old Salem Farm. Ward helped the United States show jumping team win Gold medals at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, and has won major titles at some of the most prestigious horse shows in the world, including the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic Horse Show and the $1-million CN International Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows Masters in Canada. He also has been a grand prix champion at Old Salem Farm's annual spring horse shows multiple times, including this year when he won the $40,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix on Phillipa.
Clinic sessions will run for an hour-an-a-half each, and riders will be split into three groups based on their level. A maximum of six riders per group will ensure that each participant receives ample individualized attention from Ward, while also learning in a comfortable group setting. The fee for the clinic is $800 per rider for both days, and includes a meet-and-greet and question-and-answer session with Ward on the first day. Additionally, auditors are welcome with a donation of a new unwrapped toy for "Toys for Tots" and overnight rental stalls are also available in the main barn.
"McLain has established himself as one of the world's most successful show jumping riders," said Old Salem Farm President Scott Hakim. "He also has gained a reputation as an outstanding teacher. We are thrilled to host him for two days at Old Salem Farm and give riders an opportunity to learn from one of the world's best."
Old Salem Farm has a long history of hosting elite horse shows for the nation's top horses and riders and over the years has hosted selection trials for U.S. teams for World Championships and Olympic Games. Over the past year, Old Salem Farm also put in new all-weather footing in two outdoor show rings and the indoor arena plus the schooling area to go along with its traditional all-grass grand prix field.
Old Salem Farm is located one hour north of New York City. In addition to its year-long horse show series that includes 20 horse shows in addition to its flagship spring horse shows, it maintains luxury stabling facilities for year-round boarding, and offers training for all levels of riders, as well as horses for sale and lease.
For more information on McLain Ward's clinic at Old Salem Farm, as well as information on the farm's year-long horse show schedule, boarding, lessons and training, please visit www.oldsalemfarm.net
or call (914) 669-5610.