North Salem, New York, USA – Sept. 10, 2019 – A world-class horse show experience for exhibitors and spectators alike is set to return this week for the 2019 American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W, presented by Captive One Advisors, LLC. Taking place from Wednesday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept.15 at the breathtaking Old Salem Farm, the annual event has come to be known for its commitment to excellence and is a permanent fixture on the calendars of esteemed riders, trainers, show jumping aficionados and spectators of all ages. Once again touting a CSI4* rating, the American Gold Cup is sure to excite as some of the world’s most decorated veterans as well as up-and-coming stars battle for top honors.
This year’s competition will celebrate its eighth anniversary at the incredible venue and its fifth 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 2018’s American Gold Cup winners will return to Old Salem Farm in efforts to reprise their roles once again at the top. As the champion in the previous year’s $204,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ New York CSI 4*-W, Molly Ashe Cawley (USA) is the current title holder of the illustrious American Gold Cup, and McLain Ward (USA) will take to the grass ring once again following victories in the $80,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier CSI 4*-W and the $70,000 Fidelity Investments® Classic CSI 4*. The 2018 leaderboard-topper in the $35,000 Trelawny Farm Welcome Stake CSI 4*, Kristen Vanderveen (USA) will aim to add to her trophy collection, while $10,000 1.45m Jumper CSI 4* winner Shane Sweetnam (IRL) will also compete for more prize money.
Shane Sweetnam (IRL) is one of the international riders at the 2019 American Gold Cup.
Other American athletes who will make appearances include Beezie Madden (USA), Margie Goldstein-Engle (USA), Adrienne Sternlicht (USA), Catherine Tyree (USA), Alex Granato (USA) and Andrew Welles (USA), among many others. Madden is hot off a victory aboard Darry Lou in the largest prize money show jumping class in the world, the $3 Million CP ‘International’ Grand Prix held on Sept. 8 at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament in Calgary, Alberta. Likewise, Goldstein-Engle piloted Royce to the top of the pack in the Saugerties $500,000 Grand Prix FEI CSI 5* at HITS in Saugerties, N.Y. on the same day. Both women will aim to repeat their success this week at the American Gold Cup.
One of the most popular and prestigious horse shows in the United States, the American Gold Cup is a calendar staple for many international contenders representing nations across the globe. Nearly 60 elite individuals hailing from 14 countries will compete in FEI-rated contests as some of the world’s best horse-and-rider combinations will vie for prize money and glory throughout the week. International challengers will include Daniel Bluman (ISR), Beat Mändli (SUI), Santiago Lambre (MEX), Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), Mario Deslauriers (CAN) and Harrie Smolders (NED), to name a few.
Fans will have the opportunity to meet some of these competitors at an autograph signing session on Sunday, Sept. 15, following the final awards ceremony for the $210,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ – New York CSI 4*-W on the Grand Prix Field.
To add to the thrilling show jumping, the American Gold Cup will showcase fun and entertaining events for families and children of all ages. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, younger spectators can enjoy face painting, magicians, a petting zoo, pony rides and more, while the adults revel in shopping on Boutique Row.
To see all of these superstars and more at the American Gold Cup in especially grand style, we invite you to book your VIP table in the beautiful Taylor Harris Club. Tables of eight and high-top tables of four or six are available for reservation, and there is no better way to experience the excitement of elite show jumping action. Table holders enjoy full-service, delicious gourmet cuisine and their choice of beverages, all with the best view of the Old Salem Farm Grand Prix Field.
Source: Press release from Elaine Wessel / Phelps Media Group for Old Salem Farm
Photos: © Phelps Media Group / The Book / Barre Dukes / Taylor Rains