Top course designers for New York State competition

Ken Krome and Alan Wade
Credit : Jump Media

Friday 06 April - 14h20 | Ian Clayton and edited press release

Top course designers for New York State competition

Renowned Show Jumping course designers Alan Wade and Ken Krome will be setting the tracks – and the tone – at this year’s Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows in May, the New York competition’s organizers announced recently. 

 - Top course designers for New York State competition

“We strive to attract top horses and riders to Old Salem Farm each spring to kick off their seasons, and in turn we try very hard to give them the best course designers in the sport. I think we have accomplished that with Ken and Alan,” said the Farm manager Alan Bietsch.

The Shows include a CSI2* from May 8-13 and a CSI3* May 15-20 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem in Westchester County, approximately 50 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. 
Tipperary, Ireland native Wade is the course designer for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina, in September and is a veteran of Old Salem competitions, including its CSI4*-W in September. As the Colorado Horse Park noted, he began designing courses at the age of twelve with his father, Tommy Wade: “My father was Chef d’Equipe of Ireland for many years. He was a rider and became a course designer, so from a young age I was helping him do courses at the local shows and I built up from there.”

Speaking of the New York site, Wade commented: “The field at Old Salem Farm is quite interesting to create designs for, with its unique slopes and permanent obstacles.”

For his part, Ken Krome has been around horses his whole life and trained with George Morris. The operator of K2 Show Stables at Persimmon Tree Farm in Maryland is an FEI ‘III’-rated course designer and a USEF “R” rated judge.  He has designed courses across the United States, from Vermont to Florida.

As with all designers across different fields, the two could take inspiration from some of the famous quotes about design over the years, including the following:

~ “A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
~ “I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things.”-  Lindon Leader
~ “There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.” - Milton Glaser 

Further reading...