North Salem, New York, USA – Sept. 25, 2018 – As a permanent fixture on the calendars of esteemed riders, trainers, show jumping aficionados and spectators of all ages, the 2018 American Gold Cup is set to take place starting Wednesday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 30, at the breathtaking Old Salem Farm. The annual event is synonymous with world-class international show jumping competition and is aptly located in the horse-friendly county of Westchester in North Salem, New York.
This year’s American Gold Cup will celebrate its seventh anniversary at this incredible venue and its fourth year as part of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League. As always, the event is set to host an international lineup of the world’s top equestrian athletes as well as offer a wide variety of family friendly activities and luxury shopping on Boutique Row throughout the week.
Some of the most talented horses and athletes from around the world will be vying for the coveted American Gold Cup trophy on Sunday in the $204,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ New York CSI4*-W, including three members of the NetJets® U.S. Show Jumping Team, who recently won the team gold medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina: McLain Ward, Devin Ryan and Adrienne Sternlicht. Ryan is also the reigning American Gold Cup champion after winning the title in 2017 on Eddie Blue.
In addition, two-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist and 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final champion, Beezie Madden, will also be in attendance along with fellow U.S. Olympians Margie Engle and Lucy Davis, New York native Georgina Bloomberg, Daniel Bluman (ISR), Mario Deslauriers (CAN), Peter Lutz (USA), Beat Mändli (SUI), Richie Moloney (IRL), Karen Polle (JPN) and Charlie Jacobs (USA), to name a few, representing a total of nine countries around the globe.
Fans will also have the opportunity to meet some of these competitors at an autograph signing session on Sunday, Sept. 30, following the final awards ceremony for the $204,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ New York CSI 4*-W on the Grand Prix Field.
Prior to the start of Sunday’s highlight event, there will be a special retirement ceremony for one of Ward’s longtime partners, Rothchild, to celebrate his stand-out career, which included claiming a team bronze medal and fifth place individually at WEG in Normandy, France, in 2014 and the individual gold medal and team bronze medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, among many others.
The American Gold Cup will also showcase fun and entertaining events for families and children of all ages. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday, younger spectators can enjoy face painting, magicians, a petting zoo, pony rides and more in addition to shopping on Boutique Row. New this year, the next generation of equestrians will get their chance in the spotlight on Sunday as they compete in the Leadline division, presented by Rushy Marsh Farm.
Sunday will feature additional special guests and exclusive events such as crafts and activities with Macaroni Kid Westchester North, the Animal Embassy Show starting at 12 p.m. and the Education Fair featuring the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA), presented by Miller & Associates.
A variety of culinary options will be available throughout the facility from delicious food vendors to the Taylor Harris Club, which offers gourmet food and beverages daily along with a spectacular ringside view of the grass Grand Prix Field. Taylor Harris Club VIP high-top tables of four or six and tables of eight are available. For table reservations or for more information about the Taylor Harris Club, please contact Nicolle Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-258-5099 and download a table reservation form here.
World-class international show jumping competition and family friendly entertainment in the beautiful setting of Old Salem Farm make the 2018 American Gold Cup an event not to be missed! Purchase your tickets to this year’s American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W by clicking here.
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Held over five days, the American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm brings together a diverse crowd of elite equestrian athletes, discerning horse owners, excited fans and young hopefuls waiting to catch a glimpse of their idols set amongst a fanfare of family friendly activities, competitions, shopping, entertainment and celebrity sightings.
Old Salem Farm, located an hour north of New York City, boasts a state-of-the-art stabling facility, a historic and pristine grass grand prix field and outstanding competition and schooling arenas, all of which are surrounded by one of the world’s most quaint and picturesque competition venue settings. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its year-long competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit oldsalemfarm.net.
Source: Press release by Taylor Rains / Phelps Media Group for The American Gold Cup
Photo: © Taylor Renner / Phelps Media Group