Shawn Casady Wins $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, Presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate at Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows

Shawn Casady and Vanilla won the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, on Saturday, May 20, during the 2017 Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY.
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Under 25 competition is in its second year at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows and saw a win for 22-year-old Shawn Casady of Midtown, TN, in the $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, on Saturday.

Casady was the final rider in a six-horse jump-off riding Vanilla for Abigail Wexner. Crossing the timers clear in 43.298 seconds, Casady topped second-place finisher TJ O’Mara by half of a second for the win. O’Mara of Rumson, NJ, piloted Queen Jane, owned by Walstib Stables, LLC, to a final time of 43.770 seconds. Christina Firestone of Upperville, VA, finished third riding Arwen for Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone with the fastest four-fault jump-off round in 40.518 seconds. Sydney Shulman of Greenwich, CT, placed fourth riding Wamira, owned by BCF Group, LLC, with four faults in 44.875 seconds. Rounding out the top five, Lucy Deslauriers of New York, NY, piloted Curo to a rail and a time fault in 50.808 seconds for owner Mario Deslauriers.

“There weren’t too many places where you could take a shot,” said Casady, who rides for John and Beezie Madden based in Cazenovia, NY. “My strategy was to give her the best chance she could to do the numbers and hope that since I was on a little faster mover I could make the time. A half of a second is a little too close for comfort, but I am glad to win.”

Casady piloted Vanilla, a 15-year-old Danish Warmblood mare (Nabab de Reve x Clinton), which is a former grand prix mount of Beezie Madden. According to Casady, the horse’s experience with Madden benefited him today, saying, “She has endless scope, a massive stride, and is as brave as they come. You can walk into any venue, any ring, and she is not going to blink an eye.”

O’Mara, 18, and Queen Jane had only been in one other jump-off before Saturday’s competition, but were the ones to beat until Casady’s final trip.

“She has always had the scope and the stride to do these classes,” said O’Mara of Queen Jane. “She was really a good prospect for me when we bought her. This past Florida we started really stepping her up into the bigger levels, the U25 classes, and the two stars. She’s coming along really nicely.”

Twenty-one-year-old Firestone rounded out the top three on a very familiar mount in Arwen. Bred by Firestone’s family, she got the ride on the 12-year-old mare at the start of its seven-year-old year.

“We’ve grown up together,” she said. “The biggest classes she has competed in are the biggest classes that I have done as well, and we’ve built a really good partnership over the years.”

Under 25 competition serves to bridge the gap between junior competition and the top grand prix level and has experienced popularity at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows during the past two years.

“As a young professional, I don’t have the financial backing to do this by myself,” concluded Casady. “This division gives me a place to showcase myself and to hopefully make a name for myself in order to break into the bigger classes and gain the support it takes to get to the top of the sport.”

Jumper competition reaches its peak on Sunday, May 21, when the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix CSI3*, presented by The Kincade Group, takes the stage at 2 p.m. The class will be available to view on the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows live stream at or Highlighting hunter competition on Sunday, Grand Champion honors will be presented for the Pony, Children’s, and Junior Hunter divisions.

Spectators are welcome at the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows. General admission to Old Salem Farm is free Wednesday through Friday. On the weekend of May 20-21, admission is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets are available at

Stay informed on the happenings at Old Salem Farm this spring with live streaming of the Grand Prix Field Friday through Sunday during the Spring Horse Shows at Old Salem Farm and Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows are also on Facebook, as well as on Twitter and Instagram as @oldsalemfarmny. Follow for an exclusive and behind-the-scenes look at the Old Salem Farm experience.

Final Results: $15,000 Under 25 Grand Prix, presented by Douglas Elliman Real Estate

1 VANILLA: 2002 Danish Warmblood mare by Nabab de Reve x Clinton
SHAWN CASADY (USA), Abigail Wexner: 0/0/43.298

2 QUEEN JANE: 2008 Dutch Warmblood mare by Colman x Corland
TJ O’MARA (USA), Walstib Stables, LLC: 0/0/43.770

3 ARWEN: 2005 Dutch Warmblood mare by Indoctro x Olisco
CHRISTINA FIRESTONE (USA), Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone: 0/4/40.518

4 WAMIRA: 2003 Dutch Warmblood mare by Oklund x Animo
SYDNEY SHULMAN (USA), BCF Group, LLC: 0/4/44.875

5 CURO: 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Cornado I x Padarco van het Hertsfeld
LUCY DESLAURIERS (USA), Mario Deslauriers, Inc.: 0/5/50. 808

6 TOSCA DU FEUGRE: 2007 Selle Français mare by Calvaro x Nidor Platiere
LAUREN FISCHER (USA), Cheryl Fischer: 0/17/54.881

7 VENICE: 2005 Swedish Warmblood mare by Cardento x Stanford
SYDNEY SHULMAN (USA), Jill Shulman: 4/75.369

8 LANEY: 2009 Warmblood mare by Languster Prydsholm x Concorde
MCKAYLA LANGMEIER (USA), Linda Langmeier: 4/76.590

9 DOMAN: 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Cardento
VICTORIA BRIDSALL (USA), Liberty Farm, LLC: 4/77.362

10 CARLINA: 2007 Holsteiner mare by Cartani
MAYA NAYYAR (USA), Maya Nayyar, LLC: 4/77.851

11 CASHEW CR: 2008 Holsteiner gelding by Cassini II x Quinar
ALEX MATZ (USA), Dorothy Matz: 4/78.743

12 COLORADO: 2003 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Darco x Voltaire
TEGAN ELIZABETH TREACY (USA), Tegan Elizabeth Treacy: 4/82.349