North Salem, N.Y.—May 11
Brianne Goutal didn’t think she’d catch McLain Ward’s time in the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix. “He was really fast,” she said. “I honestly did not think I could get him. Sometimes luck is on your side. My horse jumped incredibly and covered the ground very, very nicely today.”
Goutal and Nice de Prissey topped an eight-horse jump-off for the blue at the first week of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. Ward settled for second on Zander and Quentin Judge riding HH Dark de la Hart took third.
Goutal actually had three horses in the jump-off. She went clear in a slower time of 43.95 seconds with her second mount Wirma, which landed in fourth place. With Zernike K, she retired on course after two rails for eighth place.
Both Wirma and Zernike K have just moved up to the grand prix level this winter and are both “quite green,” Goutal said. “It’s always a new thing with them, the different changes and events. As of right now, they aren’t seasoned to walk into any situation. I was happy with the way they handled the field because it’s difficult to compete here.”
Goutal and Nice de Prissey, a 13-year-old Selle Francais stallion by Rosire owned by Remarkable Farms LP, were victorious at Old Salem Farm last September at the American Gold Cup CSI-W. Goutal believes that his confidence translates well to the big field at Old Salem Farm.
She said, “He’s a big horse. He has a huge stride. He’s very, very confident, and he has a lot of power. For him, this kind of terrain is amazing, up and down. He really feels energetic and athletic. He has shown a lot of talent for jumping on big fields, I think. He walked into this field today to compete.”
Goutal first showed at Old Salem Farm when she was 8 years old in the pony hunters, and she has a successful history at this event. “I love Old Salem Farm!” she remarked. “It’s a great show for me in particular, close to New York City, where I’m from. My family and friends are in town to see me here. It’s nice to have something so close to home.”
Final Results: $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix, presented by The Kincade Group, Merrill Lynch
1. NICE DE PRISSEY, BRIANNE GOUTAL, REMARKABLE FARMS LP: 0/0/38.902
2. ZANDER, MCLAIN WARD, WARD & GRANT ROAD PARTNERS: 0/0/38.965
3. HH DARK DE LA HART, QUENTIN JUDGE, DOUBLE H FARM: 0/0/39.860
4. WIRMA, BRIANNE GOUTAL, REMARKABLE FARMS LP: 0/0/43.953
5. SANS SOUCI Z, DARRAGH KENNY, CAROLINE LLOYD: 0/4/40.703
6. CARISSIMO, MOLLY ASHE-CAWLEY, OLIVIA JACK: 0/8/40.998
7. QUIDAM 13, SYDNEY SHULMAN, BACK COUNTRY FARM: 0/8/42.279
8. ZERNIKE K, BRIANNE GOUTAL, REMARKABLE FARMS LP: 0/RT
9. CZARDAS 30, KIRSTEN COE, ILAN FERDER: 1/78.871
10. PICOLO, DARRAGH KENNY, OAKLAND VENTURES LLC: 4/73.633
11. WINTU, LESLIE HOWARD, JANE CLARK: 4/74.018
12. PROF DE LA ROQUE, DARRAGH KENNY, POSTAGE STAMP FARM LLC: 4/75.957