American Gold Cup Adds New Competitions, Increased Prize Money and World-Ranking Points

Peter Leone won the 2012 American Gold Cup aboard Monica Carrera’s Lincourt Gino.  Photo by Parker Russell The Book LLC.

North Salem, NY – June 4, 2013 – The American Gold Cup organizers, Stadium Jumping and Old Salem Farm, are pleased to announce three major changes to the 2013 schedule of events.  Competitors will notice increased prize money and the addition of a fourth World-Ranking Class. Slated for Thursday, September 12, 2013, the 1.45m Jumper Class will now be a sanctioned FEI ranking event with $33,000 in prize money.  On Saturday, September 14, the 1.50m Jumper Classic will be a $50,000 class, raised from its $35,000 level in 2012. Rounding out the prestigious line up of competitions will be the featured competition on September 14, the ASPCA Maclay Zone 2 Regional Finals.

This year, the exciting, technically challenging and highly-contested $200,000 American Gold Cup Grand Prix will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Organizers have elected to honor the tradition and continue to offer no entry fees for qualified horse and rider combinations. The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has designated the $200,000 American Gold Cup Grand Prix as a CSI 4*-W World Cup Qualifier, making the event of utmost importance for riders aspiring to compete at the 2014 World Cup Finals to be held in Lyon, France.

“The American Gold Cup holds a very special place in the sport of Show Jumping in North America,” said Michael Morrissey, president of Stadium Jumping. “As an organizer it is truly rewarding to have the opportunity to offer more to our riders, fans and supporters and to create a truly marquee, internationally recognized show jumping event that North America can be proud to call its own.”

“The pairing of the Gold Cup and Old Salem Farm is truly the best of all worlds for competitors, fans and most importantly the horses,” noted Frank Madden, trainer at Old Salem Farm. “Old Salem Farm has created a world-class, incredibly horse-friendly venue and the Stadium Jumping team delivers well-organized and well-thought out competition management. Together, they create an exceptional and well-rounded event.”

“It’s one of the great competitions of our country,” said two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward, who admits the Gold Cup is a competition whose trophy has eluded him. “We believe what’s been done at Old Salem Farm in terms of the renovations and improvements is pretty special.”

Also new this year at the 2013 American Gold Cup, the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Regional Finals for Zone 2 will be held on Saturday in the Old Salem Farm indoor arena. The competitive class will be comprised of Zone 2’s top junior riders. They will compete for the opportunity to qualify for the prestigious ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals at the Alltech National Horse Show in Lexington, KY, in early November.

“Old Salem Farm is a great venue for the Maclay Regionals,” said Mason Phelps Jr., President of the National Horse Show Association. “Holding the highly competitive Zone 2 Regionals during the coveted American Gold Cup will provide the perfect backdrop and take the event to a whole new level. The National Horse Show Association is very pleased with this development.”

About the American Gold Cup
The American Gold Cup show will feature a full array of jumper classes, including sections for Children and Adult Jumpers, Low and High Junior/Amateur Jumpers, plus Young Jumpers and Open Jumpers.  New this year, the Zone 2 ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships will be held on Saturday in the Old Salem Farm indoor arena. The featured event, the coveted $200,000 American Gold Cup, will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013 and broadcast on NBC Sports Network the following Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm EST.

Old Salem Farm is located an hour north of New York City, boasts a state-of-the-art stabling facility, historic pristine grass Grand Prix field and outstanding competition and schooling arenas, all of which is surrounded by one of the world’s most quaint and picturesque competition venue settings. For the past two years, the Old Salem Farm competitions have been recognized by the North American Riders Group (NARG) on their NARG Top 25 List. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its year- long competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit

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2013 American Gold Cup Fast Facts

What: The $200,000 American Gold Cup FEI World Cup Qualifying Competition CSI4*-W

When: September 11-15, 2013

Where: Old Salem Farm, 190 June Road, North Salem, NY

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily with the ASPCA Regional Championships on Saturday night.

Facility: Old Salem Farm is New York State’s Westchester County’s premier equestrian facility, offering 26 annual competitions, boarding, top-level training and sales. It offers state-of-the-art facilities surrounded by 120 gorgeous acres.

Stalls are 10 x 10 and housed under canvas. The FEI stalls are 10 X 12 and stabling area will be secured by fencing with 24/7 security. FEI horses will be scheduled to school separately from non-FEI horses. Schedules will be posted and riders will be given notification of times during the horse inspection.

Available on the grounds

From Interstate 84 or Interstate 287: Take interstate 684 to exit 8 (Hardscrabble Road, turn right. Old Salem Farm is on the right.

Before Show – before 9/7/12 941-744-5465 800-237-8924
During Show – 914-669-5610  ext 201
Stable office – 941-744-5465
Prize List Advertising – 941-744-5465
Vendors – Matt Morrissey 941-915-3457


Television: The 2013 American Gold Cup will air on NBC Sports Network Sunday, September 22 at 4:30 p.m. EST.

Charity Partners:

JustWorld International


Sponsorship Opportunities:

April Wehle

Connie Sawyer

Advertising Opportunities:

Mary Silcox 800-237-8924

Ring dimensions and footing:
Grand Prix Field 350′x450′, footing bluegrass mix turf. Grand Prix Annex 200′x250′, Schooling 130′x170′. Jumper Annex 146′x307′, Schooling 155′x173′. Indoor 115′x195′, Schooling 74′x135′. Hunter 138′x243′, Schooling 108′x158′. Footing in all arenas is all weather German-designed fiber and sand.

Stadium Jumping, Inc
STADIUM JUMPING INC.: Corporate Office
1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205
Tel: 941-744-5465
Fax: 941-744-0874

Stadium Jumping

Old Salem Farm

American Gold Cup Media Inquiries:
Phelps Media Group International
Mason Phelps
Carrie Wirth

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