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Kent Farrington Pilots Gazelle to the Top in $216k Longines FEI World Cup Jumping New York

Kent Farrington and Gazelle. (FEI/Anthony Trollop)

North Salem, New York, (USA), 18 September 2016 – The only pair to answer all the questions over two challenging tracks, Olympic medallist Kent Farrington (USA) and Gazelle delivered the day’s only double-clear performance to claim victory in the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, hosted by Old Salem Farm.

“I thought Alan Wade built a difficult course today, which I think is well suited for a class of this prestige and amount of prize money,” said Farrington. “As a World Cup Qualifier, it brings the best riders and their top horses.

“It worked out for me today, but regardless, I thought it was a great competition. I’m thrilled to finally win the American Gold Cup – I’ve never done that before and it was on my list of things to do.”

Only two riders advanced to the final round with Charlie Jacobs (USA) preceding Farrington in the jump off at the second leg of the East Coast sub-league. In an attempt to save time and to add pressure on Farrington, Jacobs unsuccessfully angled a wide oxer in the final round. The resulting rail left the door open for Farrington to take the win.

“That’s actually what I hate to do – go at a normal speed,” said Farrington about his jump-off strategy. “But if I had one down, I could still catch [Jacobs’ time] at the end.”

Slow and steady was the winning approach as Farrington demonstrated constraint in his ride – a difficult approach for the normally speed-driven jump off competitor. But Farrington still managed to end with a flourish when his mount, the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Indoctro), came to an abrupt halt after crossing the timers, forcing Farrington out of the tack and onto his feet. Not one to waste the opportunity, Farrington stood holding Gazelle and took a bow to the crowd’s applause.

Sizing the field

The course design challenged the riders and horses with solid jumps and a tight time allowed, but in the eyes of Farrington, team silver medalist at the 2016 Rio Olympics, a third, major variable in the grand prix was the natural terrain.

“The field isn’t totally level, and I think that automatically makes any course more difficult to ride,” he said. “Oxers going uphill are going to be wider and ride much bigger than they’re set, and a vertical coming downhill is going to naturally draw a horse closer and throw them off balance so that’s already a difficult factor we don’t see every day.”

It’s this type of insight that makes Farrington as much a sought-after trainer as he is a rider. And he applies the same, careful approach to assessing a course as he does to competition selection for his horses.

“This year, especially with it being in the United States, I would like to go [to the FEI World Cup™ Final] if I feel like I have a horse that’s on form at that time. I’ve been to the [FEI World Cup™ Final] a few times, and I really only want to go if I’m going to be a contender. I’d like to plan on going right now.

“The Longines FEI World Cup™ Final is a particular type of competition, in a small, indoor arena, so you need an indoor specialist and [the horse has] to hold up over five rounds, which is also a lot of jumping so I wouldn’t necessarily take [Olympic mount] Voyeur there. He’s a little bit of an older horse and he’s jumped multiple championships already for me. I think that would be a big ask of him at this point in his career. But if one of my younger ones is ready in my eyes to go, then I’ll take a swing at it.”

Playing to strength

“I tend not to watch too many,” Farrington said about his approach to competition. “I watch a couple riders and a few lines for reference. But watching a million horses doesn’t help for me. I’m better when I ride my own plan and do my own thing with my horses and I think that’s why in Nations Cup settings, I’m better to go in first. That plays more to my strengths.”

And as much as he’s aware of his own strengths, he also structures courses to play to his horses’ strengths. For his winning horse, he knew he could call on her carefulness to ride a clear round.

“I think in any class, I try to play to my hose’s strengths, regardless of what everyone else is doing, and I try to work within parameters for my own horse and do what is going to work best for my own horse,” he added. “If that means adding a stride, then I’ll do that and make up the time someplace else.”

Farrington found Gazelle three years ago, from Stephan Conter (BEL) and his Stephex Stables.

“The horse is typical of what I try to buy: a very careful horse,” Farrington said. “I would rather buy an extremely careful horse and have to manage confidence. I think that’s really the modern sport today. That’s what you need in a young horse. They can tend to be a bit spooky and a bit suspicious and it takes a little time to gain confidence in the rider, but in the end, that’s how you get a top horse.”

Climbing rank

The first horse-and-rider pair to go clear in the first round, Jacobs and Cassinja S, proved the possibilities for a fault-free performance.

“You have to get moving out there, for sure, because the time allowed is tight,” he said, following his successful, first round. “I was fortunate to draw eighth in the order so I got to watch riders and still have fresh turf – it tends to get deep here [with the footing].”

But his favorable positioning for the first round quickly turned to a drawback in the jump off when only he and current World No. 2 Farrington were the only riders left competing.

“In the jump off, I was first to go, which was at a disadvantage,” Jacobs said. “When you have the World No. 2 behind you, you have to go fast. I made a rider’s error when I turned her in the air [over the oxer] before she cleared the back and forced her to have the rail behind. It’s something I hope to fix in the future.”

Jacobs has qualified for, and competed in, two FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals, in 2014 and in 2016, and hopes to ride again at the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Neb. in March. And with a solid, second-place finish in the class, in addition to an eighth-place finish at Bromont CSI3*-W, Jacobs currently leads the East Coast sub-league standings.

“There’s no question that Cassinja is my top horse right now,” he said. “She’s a 10-year-old, Zweibrücker mare that I’ve had for three years. I took her to Gothenburg as my second horse and jumped her in the Easter Sunday consolation class. She was quite good, but it seems like this spring, she’s come out with guns a-blazing. She’s very talented and very powerful. She’s a big mare with a lot of heart.”

First round faults

Ireland’s Alan Wade designed the courses to test scope and accuracy, which ultimately forced faults from 38 riders in a starting list of 40 entries. While rails fell throughout the 13-obstacle, first round track, a majority came through an early triple combination of an oxer to a vertical to an oxer in two strides to a one stride.

“The triple combination is slightly uphill but it’s on the best ground,” said Wade during the course walk. “It’s early in the course but I wanted it to be on the best grass on the field.”

Riders also struggled with the liverpool, set with yellow poles, that rode downhill to the double combination. Additionally, a rollback turn to a wide oxer at fence 10 that led into a tight, four strides to a careful vertical at fence 11 could claim responsibility for multiple faults.

Current World No. 4 and fellow Olympic medallist, McLain Ward (USA), nearly recorded a first round clear aboard HH Carlos Z, jumping through the difficult obstacles until the penultimate, skinny vertical. With the slightest rub from the horse’s belly, the rail fell.

“Actually, I think this was the best grand prix that Carlos has ever jumped,” Ward said, after his round. “It was difficult, but it should be. Everything came off the way I wanted. He had a very light touch and sometimes fortune doesn’t go your way.

“Most successful riders have the worker bees in their strings, and Carlos is head of that category for me. He can do any class at a show, and right now, he has to carry a lot of weight with Azur having a rest [following the 2016 Rio Olympics].

“I realized the course was quite careful today. The jumps came up just the way I wanted. It was just a bit of bad luck. The skinny [jump] is always a bit of a bogey fence. But, absolutely, Omaha is on our radar. When we have a horse like Azur, [the Longines FEI World Cup™ Final] is definitely on our radar.”

Ward finished with the fastest, four-fault score to place fifth, while Lauren Tisbo (USA) and Laura Kraut (USA) finished in third and fourth, respectively, with a single time fault each.

“It’s a young horse I have,” said Tisbo. “I just got him in the middle of February so this was a big step up for him so I’m very happy with his round today.”

The third stop of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League East Coast sub-league will head indoors at Washington, D.C. CSI4*-W in October.

Full results: http://www.longinestiming.com/#!/equestrian/2016/1225/html/en/longinestiming/resultlist_104.html

About the American Gold Cup

Held over five days at Old Salem Farm, the American Gold Cup brings together a diverse crowd of elite equestrian athletes, discerning horse owners, excited fans and young hopefuls, eager to watch their idols. In addition to the competition ring, the international show jumping event features high-end shopping located along boutique row. From top-notch equestrian tack and equipment to fashion, jewelry, antiques, art and much more, the scenic outdoor boutiques offer the perfect opportunity to shop during breaks from the competition action.

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 charming and picturesque venue settings. For the past four years, the North American Riders Group (NARG) has recognized the Old Salem Farm competitions on their NARG Top 25 List. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its yearlong competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit www.oldsalemfarm.net.

Live FEI TV Action

For those unable to attend the NAL events, tune in to live action of all fourteen of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League qualifiers on FEI TV, the FEI’s official video platform: www.feitv.org. The additional FEI classes at these competitions will be available to view via livestream on the FEI’s YouTube channel. Visit www.youtube.com/user/feichannel to view the full details on the livestream.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League

A total of 14 athletes from the new North American League will qualify for the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico will qualify for the Final, alongside winners of the 13 other leagues from around the world.

The North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Final.

The new league was launched by Beezie Madden, the most decorated US female equestrian athlete of all time, American Gold Cup winner and FEI Solidarity Ambassador Jessica Springsteen, and Hannah Selleck, team and individual gold medalist at young rider level and one of the sport’s up-and-coming stars. Full launch release here: https://goo.gl/kCIsyW

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Old Salem Farm Welcomes Top Equitation Riders at ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championships

Katherine Bundy aboard Co Co Pop. Photo by Jump Media Photography.

North Salem, NY – Old Salem Farm was host to both the Region 1 and 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championships on Saturday, September 17, during the American Gold Cup CSI 4*-W. Elite local equitation riders competed with hopes to qualify for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Championship at the CP National Horse Show on November 1-6 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Old Salem Farm gives equitation riders an early opportunity for indoor competition at a top-quality venue before all of the indoor finals each fall. Seizing that opportunity, both Katherine Bundy of Westport, CT and Maya Nayyar of New York, NY are making the most of their final year as junior riders and clinched Regional Championship wins at Old Salem Farm after an over fences phase and a flat phase. Bundy and her mount Co Co Pop, owned by her trainer Missy Clark and North Run, topped Region 1 competition, while Maya Nayyar and her own Fox Z won for Region 2 under the direction of trainer Stacia Madden.

The American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm offers equitation riders a chance to shine among some of the best riders in the world as top athletes converge for a stop on the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League tour. For Bundy, who also won the Regional Maclay Championship at Old Salem Farm in 2015, it is a learning moment.

“I have always loved Old Salem Farm because I think the indoor is amazing and so well kept, but competing during the [American] Gold Cup is really special,” said Bundy. “So many people who flock to this horse show are important to watch and having that visual experience is so important for me. I love watching a 1.40m speed or a 1.50m and then go do the regionals. Although they are different classes, the discipline is similar. It’s really important to be here and watch those people, and that’s why I love this horse show.”

Bundy admits that Co Co Pop is a seasoned veteran in the equitation ring, having ribboned at the Regional Championships at Old Salem Farm with several past riders of North Run trainers Missy Clark and John Brennan. She, however, is eager for the experience she gains at the Regional Championships leading into the finals season.

“Each year getting competition experience and having that mentality of going into finals and composing yourself gets less and less intimidating,” she said.

When asked about Bundy as a rider, Clark responded, “She is such a great competitor, and she has worked so hard. She has a very calm attitude in these situations, and I felt very confident in her handling the course today. This indoor is a great venue, and these equitation riders are accommodated so well all weekend.”

For Nayyar, Saturday’s Region 2 win was a not an uncomplicated one. While warming up for the over fences phase, both she and Madden noticed that their entered mount, Connaro, was not quite himself.

“Maya gets a tremendous amount of credit,” said Madden. “I’ve learned through experience that anyone who has the ability to have a backup horse should have it here and ready. She jumped one jump and said, ‘I need to be fair to my horse’.”

Madden left the final decision to Nayyar who chose to compete Fox Z.

“She had faith in her horses, preparation, instructor, and herself to make a good judgment that was right for the horse and ultimately right for her,” added Madden.

“Today was a good confidence booster,” said Nayyar. “I am happy we qualified, and my plan was just to get everything done. I came [to Old Salem] just for regionals, and I’m glad it worked out.”

When asked what she likes about bringing riders to Old Salem Farm, Madden said, “I’m a big proponent of having all the regionals indoors because I think that if you’re getting ready for finals indoors, you should be having your regionals indoors. This is a very nice venue to use as preparation.”

Full horse show results can be found at www.theamericangoldcup.com.

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HITS Million Saugerties and American Gold Cup Offer FEI-Level Competition

(C) ESI Photography. Beezie Madden and Simon claim the CP $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI-5* on September 6, 2015 at HITS-on-the-Hudson.

The Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI 5* and will take place on Sunday, September 11 the HITS Championship, the grand finale of the HITS Saugerties show series. The Saugerties Million, first introduced in 2009 and held in 2010, will debut its seventh consecutive year of the historic, FEI-sanctioned class at HITS-on-the-Hudson in 2016.

HITS Saugerties will also host a show the week prior to the Saugerties Million from August 31 – September 4. HITS-on-the-Hudson Week VII will feature two Grand Prix, the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix and the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix.

New York will also play host to another popular show jumping event in the fall, The American Gold Cup, which is celebrating its fifth year of competition this year at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York. The historic show will take place September 14-18, featuring the $216,000 CSI 4* Longines FEI World Cup on Sunday, September 18.

The American Gold Cup and the HITS Championship will be held back to back in September, and are conveniently located just an hour away from each other. High Performance riders are encouraged to take advantage of both events to participate in two of the highest quality competitions of the season.

HITS President and CEO Thomas Struzzieri said, “With two premium events, the American Gold Cup and the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, so close in both proximity and scheduling, high performance riders will benefit from the convenience that HITS-on-the-Hudson and Old Salem Farm provide.”

Management from both events will be communicating with one another to ensure a smooth transition between the two venues for horses and riders, and can help with any special requests. Both HITS and Morrissey Management will be diligent in their efforts to support competitors at both events.

“We are planning a great show at this year’s American Gold Cup, as well as working closely with HITS to create a seamless transition between our two events,” continued American Gold Cup Manager Michael Morrissey. “This is a unique opportunity for riders to participate in two top-notch events within a short drive of each other. We are looking forward to working together with the HITS team.”

Struzzieri added, “HITS and Old Salem will be working together to assist riders in making their plans, including coordinating quarantine if necessary, as well as communicating arrival arrangements with Old Salem management to make the transition from Saugerties to North Salem as smooth as possible.”

For further information on the HITS Championship or for tickets to this year’s Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix CSI-5*, visit the HITS Horse Shows website or call the HITS corporate office at 845.246.8833.

For further information or for tickets to this year’s American Gold Cup, visit the American Gold Cup website at www.theamericangoldcup.com.

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Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z Win FEI World Cup Jumping $215k American Gold Cup

Richie Moloney and Carrabis Z take top honors at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping $215,000 American Gold Cup in New York (13 September) (StockImageServices.com/FEI)

Lausanne (SUI), 14 September 2015 – An accurate jump-off effort from Richie Moloney (IRL) resulted in the only clear round in a six-man field and earned the win at yesterday’s Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping $215,000 American Gold Cup in New York.

The impressive, 1.60-metre track designed by Alan Wade (IRL) featured 14 obstacles with 17 jumping attempts. Utilising the arena’s graded terrain and natural barriers, Wade’s course managed to hold 31 horse-and-rider pairs, out of the original field of 37, from the final round. Liubov Kochetova (RUS) aboard Veyron was the second in the order of go, and navigated a rail-free round, but with less than a second over the time allowed she recorded the only one-fault score in the first round.

Otherwise, rails fell in a variety of places throughout the course, with increased incidents at the triple and double combinations. “Wade is a horse-friendly, competitor-friendly designer,” according to Frank Madden, the class’s commentator and resident trainer. “He uses no gimmicks and no trickery.”

Daniel Bluman (COL) and Conconcreto Sancha LS recorded the first clear as the third horse-and-rider team to enter the ring. “I had an early draw today in the first round, so I couldn’t really see many people jump before me,” Bluman said. “I just wanted to ride my plan. I found it extremely technical and careful, and it took extremely good horses and riders to jump a clear round today. I was very satisfied with the way my mare jumped. We’ve been together for five or six years, and it never gets old to jump a clear round.”

The next clear didn’t come for another eight rounds, when Catherine Tyree (USA), a 21-year-old student at Northwestern University, piloted Enjoy Louis around a fault-free effort, making for a jump off. Olympic gold medalist Laura Kraut (USA), Moloney, hometown favorite Peter Lutz (USA) and André Thieme (GER) shortly followed with impressive, clear rounds of their own.

Winning time

When the first three jump off attempts each pulled a rail, the door was wide open for a clear round to claim the victory. “The first round was quite technical,” Moloney said. “The course needed quite a bit of scope. In the jump off, there was no-one clear before I went, so the first four jumps in the jump off I stuck to my plan and went a little bit forward, then toward the end of the jump-off round, I got a little bit careful and made sure I jumped a clear round.”

The strategy of an efficient and accurate ride – albeit slower than the four-fault jump off rounds – landed Moloney at the top, after the two final jump-off performances from Lutz and Thieme recorded faults.

“Richie’s due for a win like this,” Madden commented during Moloney’s round.

“The difference between synthetic sand and grass footing is that it’s not necessarily the fastest round that’s going to be the best on grass,” he added.

Moloney’s winning round was on Carrabis Z, also his winning mount at the CSI4* $210,000 Tryon Grand Prix earlier in the summer. “He’s a 12-year-old stallion and quite a small horse,” Moloney said. “He’s very scopey and very careful. He has a lot of blood, is a little bit hot, and he’s actually green. I got him when he was nine; he’s getting better all the time.”

The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Las Vegas (USA) in April was not an original goal for Moloney, until he won the second qualifier of the East Coast league. “We go to Central Park next then Tryon in October,” Moloney said.

“My goals are to try and be competitive and that’s kind of it, really,” he added. “Long term, I have a few very nice horses, and it would be nice to do Europe next summer and maybe a few Nations Cup classes.”

“I went to World Cup Finals this year in Vegas, and I saw how hard it was and I wasn’t sure I had a horse, or two horses, that it would suit. We’ll see. You never know by the time the end of April comes.”

Although Moloney rides for Ireland, he is currently based in Wellington during the winter and splits his time between Tryon (North Carolina) and Riverhead (New York) during the summer.

“It was great to win here today,” he said. “My horse jumped amazing. He’s been jumping great lately, and it’s nice for him to get the win here today.”

Best in show

The American Gold Cup earned the top ranking for the best show in the United States earlier this year by the North American Riders Group. “Everything went as planned today,” said Michael Morrissey, the president of stadium jumping and show manager of the American Gold Cup. “It was a picture-perfect day with standing room only.”

All four riders involved in the press conference praised the Old Salem Farm venue for providing the best facilities for the class and for the show. Kraut noted that whether she went first or went 60th in a class throughout the week, the footing remained the same.

“I’m from North Salem and grew up in Fairfield, just 20 minutes from here,” said Lutz. “I’ve been coming to this horse show almost my whole life. I’m so happy that the American Gold Cup is here because we live here.”

“It’s very good to jump on the grass,” added Moloney. “I think there should be more grass fields like this because I’ve been jumping on sand all year and the last two shows, Hamptons and here, have been on the grass. I think most horses prefer (jumping on grass). The atmosphere here was great.”

“It was a very good class,” concluded Morrissey. “The field held up really well. Alan Wade did a really remarkable job today and the whole week. It was great, a great class.”

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the annual American Gold Cup and the fourth year that Old Salem Farm has hosted the show.

See full results: http://bit.ly/1iaRawr

Facts & Figures

In the first round of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping $215,000 American Gold Cup there were six clear rounds, one with one fault, six with four faults and twelve with eight faults. Four horse-and-rider pairs were eliminated.

Conor Swail and Viva Columbia won Friday’s $85,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier, presented by Windsor Show Stables, but missed the jump off with twelve faults in the first round. There were 14 clear rounds in last Friday’s qualifying class, in comparison to only six clear rounds on Sunday.

The top five horses in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping $215,000 American Gold Cup were all bays; two were stallions, two were geldings and one was a mare.

Quotes

Richie Moloney (IRL): “Carrabis Z jumped really well at Hamptons Grand Prix, and I had the last fence down. He’s been jumping great, so I had it in my head that I really had to go for it and win today.

“When I tried him, he was late in his eight-year-old year, and he was actually very green for an eight-year-old. He has a lot of blood, a little bit difficult to ride, but he’s very careful. Even though he’s 12 this year, I feel he’s just starting to really improve at the start of the summer, so hopefully there’s more good things to come.

“I was nervous just to do well because I really wanted to go clear in the first round, and just nervous because I wanted to do well for my horse because he’s been jumping so good.

“I work for a very good sponsor Equanimity, an American family, and they’ve been great to me. They’ve bought a very good team of horses, and I’m very lucky to have them as owners. I appreciate them very much.”

Daniel Bluman (COL): “This class with Sancha is one of the last classes of the year. She’s not really a horse that I would like to do much with in the indoor circuit just because we’ve already jumped a lot. We had the Pan American Games, Florida and a good summer, so I was looking to come here for the first time with this horse.

“I’ve been here before but not with her (so I wanted) to try to give it a nice show to the grand prix. I know it was a big class and it feels great. It’s definitely different for us growing up in South America. It’s not usual to ride in fields like this. It takes a lot of concentration, and it’s fun. It’s a different sort of challenge.

“That’s a very special horse for me. I started my five-star and international career with her and she took me to the Olympic Games, my first Pan American Games, and we’ve learned a lot together. We’ve been through a lot of things and now she’s 12 years old. She’s feeling as good as ever. We know each other better, we know how to make a good plan that fits well for her and fits well for me and I could stay all afternoon here speaking about her. You can imagine, she means a lot to me and to get a result today it’s good for her, for her name, at least.”

Peter Lutz (USA): “The horse I ride, Robin de Ponthual, owned by Katherine Gallagher and Michael Miller, I’ve been riding for about a year, and we just stepped up into the grand prix this spring, and this summer we’ve had some really nice results. This was our first jump off at this level so again, I was really thrilled with how he went and with our placing. I’m just getting to know him, and he’s been super.”

American Gold Cup

Held over five days at Old Salem Farm, New York, the American Gold Cup brings together a diverse crowd of elite equestrian athletes, discerning horse owners, excited fans and young hopefuls, eager to watch their idols. In addition to the competition ring, the international Jumping event features high-end shopping. From top-notch equestrian tack and equipment to fashion, jewelry, antiques, art and much more, the scenic outdoor boutiques offer the perfect opportunity to shop during breaks from the competition action.

The venue 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 charming and picturesque venue settings. For the past four years, the North American Riders Group (NARG) has recognized the Old Salem Farm competitions on their NARG Top 25 List.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League

The North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

A total of 14 athletes from the new North American League will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 23-28 March 2016.

The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico will qualify for the Final, alongside winners of the 13 other leagues from around the world.

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Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League launch

The new North American league was launched by Beezie Madden, the most decorated US female equestrian athlete of all time, American Gold Cup winner and FEI Solidarity Ambassador Jessica Springsteen, and Hannah Selleck, team and individual gold medalist at young rider level and one of the sport’s up-and-coming stars. The full launch release is available here: https://goo.gl/kCIsyW.

By Esther Hahn

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Old Salem Farm Hosts Top Equitation Riders at Region 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship

Katherine Bundy is presented with winner’s awards by trainers John Brennan and Missy Clark, as well as National Horse Show Association of America President Mason Phelps. ©Lindsay Brock for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

North Salem, NY – September 13, 2015 – Old Salem Farm was home to the Region 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship during the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W this week. Top local equitation riders competed on Saturday with hopes to qualify for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Championship Finals at the National Horse Show in Lexington, KY this November.

Old Salem Farm gives equitation riders an early opportunity for indoor competition at a top-quality venue before Indoor Finals each fall. Frank Madden, trainer at Old Salem Farm, was proud to host the Region 2 Championship, stating, “The American Gold Cup is always a highlight of our year at Old Salem Farm, and to have the Region 2 Maclay be a part of that only adds to the excitement of the week.”

“I was glad to see such great rides today, but also to see show jumping fans from the local community come out to enjoy the events,” he concluded.

Sixteen-year-old Katherine Bundy of Westport, CT impressed in all three phases to take top honors over 37 riders. Bundy was one of six pairs to return for additional testing. Taylor St. Jacques of Glen Allen, VA returned first, followed by Maya Nayyar of New York, NY; T. J. O’Mara of Rumson, NJ; Bundy; Lucy Deslauriers of New York, NY; and lastly, Katherine Strauss of Southampton, NY.

When Bundy was called back to flat in Section A, she knew her trip to Kentucky was final and breathed a sigh of relief before her test. “It was a good feeling to know I had made it going into the flat and I am really excited now that I’m in. Now my mom can finally buy a hotel room,” she laughed.

Bundy’s trainer, Missy Clark, uses the equitation offerings at Old Salem Farm during the American Gold Cup as a prelude to Indoor Finals and thinks it serves a pivotal role in getting her riders ready. “It’s a great prep for the upcoming season,” she said. “Getting in this ring throughout the last couple days and getting your sea legs back to ride indoors is important. It’s a great event and we always enjoy coming here.”

The testing order shuffled significantly with Bundy nailing the counter canter for the win. Nayyar took second with a smooth round, while T. J. O’Mara claimed third. St. Jacques settled for fourth, Deslauriers was fifth, and Strauss capped the top six.

“The courses were really friendly and inviting, and the jumps were beautiful, which always helps,” said Bundy, who piloted Levkoi. The gelding is a mount she owns and has been riding for two years, but just returned to the tack this winter after an injury. “He is one of most comfortable horses I’ve ever ridden. It’s the closest thing to floating on a cloud,” she said the horse she calls Leo around the barn. “It all came together for us this year in Lake Placid, but we even made a little mistake there, so I redeemed myself here.”

This week at Old Salem Farm, the American Gold Cup is one of only seven events that will comprise the East Coast division of the all-new Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. Highlighting the final day of the American Gold Cup, the $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, will be available on FEI TV. Click here to subscribe to FEI TV. NBC Sports Network will also air the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W on Monday, September 14, from 7-8:30 p.m.

About Old Salem Farm

Old Salem Farm, located just one hour north of New York City, is one of the best equestrian competition venues in North America, as rated by the North American Riders Group in 2011 through 2014. Host of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the prestigious American Gold Cup CSI-4*-W, and year-round competitions, the facility offers a state-of-the-art turf grand prix field, indoor riding arena, and two all-weather footing rings. Facility offers a state-of-the-art turf grand prix field, indoor riding arena, and two all-weather footing rings. For the past four years, the North American Riders Group (NARG) has recognized the Old Salem Farm competitions on their NARG Top 25 List. As a boarding and training facility, Old Salem Farm is second to none and home to top trainer Frank Madden. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its yearlong competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit www.oldsalemfarm.net or call 914-669-5610.

About the American Gold Cup

Held over five days, the American Gold Cup 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.

In addition to the competition ring, the international show jumping event features high-end shopping located along Old Salem Farm’s boutique row. From top-notch equestrian tack and equipment to fashion, jewelry, antiques, art and much more, the scenic outdoor boutiques offer show-goers the perfect opportunity to get some shopping in while taking a break from the competition action.

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Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League at Old Salem Farm This Week

Photo by The Book, LLC.

North Salem, NY – September 9, 2015 – Old Salem Farm is proud to host the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W Sept. 9-13 as the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League calls Westchester County’s North Salem, NY, home this week. The $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York, which will take place Sunday, September 13, was named part of the recently created League and is one of the first 2015 qualifiers for the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.

Old Salem Farm’s pristine grounds, list of elite horses and riders, and special events for the whole family draws spectators from Westchester County and beyond each year to watch horses and riders compete in international-level sport at the American Gold Cup and Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows.

This year, the American Gold Cup was selected as one of only seven events that will comprise the East Coast division of the all-new Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League that launched in Miami, FL earlier this year.

Fourteen nations will be represented in the star-studded list of riders at the American Gold Cup, including past winners, rising talent and international contenders. Andre Thieme made the trip from Germany to New York to make an early bid at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, the most sought-after individual global championship for show jumpers, with his string of FEI horses.

“With more and more FEI events being offered in the U.S., I am pleased to able to spend more time competing here,” said Thieme, who spends his winters in Florida. “Old Salem Farm is a top facility, not only in the U.S., but the world. I am excited to be a part of newly formed North American League, and hope that I can get some early leverage towards qualifying for the 2105 Final.”

Old Salem Farm is one of a total 14 North American League locations across the U.S., Mexico and Canada and was selected earlier this year after a rigorous screening process from a long list of 25 applicants.

“The American Gold Cup is a highlight for Old Salem Farm each year and to be included in the North American League has made the event even more special for riders, spectators and the local economy as a whole,” said Alan Bietsch, Old Salem Farm Manager. “To see more international-level events call the U.S. home is a great thing for horse sport, and Old Salem Farm is honored to be part of that movement.”

In cooperation with the American Gold Cup, Old Salem Farm will also offer opportunities for Junior, Amateur and Children’s Jumpers to enjoy the prestige of this week’s event, as well as host the ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship.

To view the American Gold Cup prize list and schedule, click here.

How to Watch

While spectators local to Old Salem Farm will have the opportunity to enjoy family fun, special events and top equestrian athletes in the flesh, horse sport fans from all over the world can watch the action via live streaming from Sept. 9 through the morning of Sept.13. Tickets sales and streaming for the American Gold Cup are available at www.theamericangoldcup.com.

The $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, will be available on FEI TV. Click here to subscribe to FEI TV. NBC Sports Network will also air the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W on Monday, September 14, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Save the Date

In the days following the American Gold Cup, Open and Marshall & Sterling Adult Jumper riders will have the opportunity to compete on the same field as some of the world’s best. From Sept. 25-27, 2015, Old Salem Farm will host National level competition and welcome riders of varying levels.

In addition to jumper offerings, hunter and equitation classes will highlight the schedule. For more information on the Sept. 25-27 event, click here.

About Old Salem Farm

Old Salem Farm, located just one hour north of New York City, is one of the best equestrian competition venues in North America, as rated by the North American Riders Group in 2011 through 2014. Host of the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows, the prestigious American Gold Cup CSI-4*-W, and year-round competitions, the facility offers a state-of-the-art turf grand prix field, indoor riding arena, and two all-weather footing rings. Facility offers a state-of-the-art turf grand prix field, indoor riding arena, and two all-weather footing rings. For the past four years, the North American Riders Group (NARG) has recognized the Old Salem Farm competitions on their NARG Top 25 List. As a boarding and training facility, Old Salem Farm is second to none and home to top trainer Frank Madden. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its yearlong competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit www.oldsalemfarm.net or call 914-669-5610.

About the American Gold Cup

Held over five days, the American Gold Cup 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.

In addition to the competition ring, the international show jumping event features high-end shopping located along Old Salem Farm’s boutique row. From top-notch equestrian tack and equipment to fashion, jewelry, antiques, art and much more, the scenic outdoor boutiques offer show-goers the perfect opportunity to get some shopping in while taking a break from the competition action.

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Prize List for 2015 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W Now Available Online

North Salem, NY – July 24, 2014 – Stadium Jumping, Inc., the organizers of the American Gold Cup, one of North America’s premier show jumping events and NARG’s highest ranked horse show in the United States, announced today that the prize list for this year’s event is now available online.

The 2015 American Gold Cup CSI-W returns again to the scenic Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. This prestigious show jumping classic is scheduled to run Sept. 9-13, 2015.

For the Prize List, click here.

The American Gold Cup has been selected as one of only seven events that will comprise the East Coast division of the all-new Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. The top equestrian athletes compete in the league in order to qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Gothenburg, Sweden in March of 2016.

Now entering its 46th year, the American Gold Cup competition will play host to a total of five Longines FEI Rankings events, culminating with the prestigious $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York where the top riders will compete for the prestigious American Gold Cup.

Meanwhile, spectator tickets are available online for the Saturday and Sunday events of the 2015 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W.

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 the exciting, big-time Open Jumpers. Also, the Zone 2 ASPCA Maclay Regional Championships will be held Saturday in the Old Salem Farm indoor arena.

For tickets to this year’s event, please visit either www.theamericangoldcup.com or www.stadiumjumping.com.

For those that might to enjoy the experience of the American Gold Cup in grand style, we invite you to book your VIP table in the beautiful Jockey Club as soon as possible. Only a few tables remain for this popular venue where you’ll enjoy full-service, delicious catered gourmet cuisine prepared and beverages, all with the best view of the Old Salem Farm Grand Prix Field.

To reserve your VIP table, please contact info@stadiumjumping.com.

Old Salem Farm, located an hour north of New York City, boasts a state-of-the-art stabling facility, an historic 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 the past four years, the North American Riders Group (NARG) has recognized the Old Salem Farm competitions on their NARG Top 25 List. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its yearlong competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit www.oldsalemfarm.net.

46th Annual American Gold Cup Fast Facts:

What:
American Gold Cup CSI4*-W featuring the $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York

When:
Sept. 9-13, 2015

Where:
Old Salem Farm, 190 June Road, North Salem, New York

Highlights:

Thursday Sept. 10
$35,000 Welcome Class CSI 4* Table A against the clock

Friday, Sept. 11
$85,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York Qualifier , Table A with a jump-off
(40 best riders qualify for Sunday’s Grand Prix)

Saturday, Sept. 12
$35,000 Hermès Speed Derby CSI 4* Article 239 C
$85,000 Fidelity Investments Classic CSI 4* Table A with a jump-off
Region 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship

Sunday, Sept. 13
$215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York

Hours:
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Friday

Saturday and Sunday Family Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. including pony rides, face painting and shopping on Boutique Row featuring Hermès, Danbury Porsche. Other shops feature custom riding apparel, antiques, jewelry, pet clothing, pet accessories, portrait artists, clothing and home accents.

Tickets:
Weekdays: Admission is free to the public
Saturday and Sunday: Admission is $20 per person, $15 per child 4-12 years and seniors 65+, children 3 and under are free.

Jockey Club VIP Tables:
Hightop tables of four or six or tables of eight.
For reservations, call (941) 744-5465 or email info@stadiumjumpiing.com

Parking:
Available on the grounds and overflow parking with shuttles.

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

Information:
Before Show – (800) 237-8924
During Show – (914) 669-5610 ext 201
Stable office – (941) 744-5465
Prize List Advertising – (941) 744-5465
Vendor Boutique – Matt Morrissey (941) 915-3457

Website – www.theamericangoldcup.com

Sponsorship Opportunities:
Matt Morrissey
941.915.3457
matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com

Chelsea Dwinell
Cell: (617) 888-2357
Office: (917) 669-5610
chelsead@oldsalemfarm.net

Advertising Opportunities:
Mary Silcox 800-237-8924
mary.silcox@stadiumjumping.com

Charity Partners:

JustWorld International
http://www.justworldinternational.org/

ASPCA
http://aspca.org/

Hotels:

Official Hotel of the American Gold Cup
Danbury Crown Plaza http://www.cpdanbury.com/
(877) 270-1393

Ridgefield, CT
West Lane Inn (203) 438-7323

Brewster, NY 5-10 min
Heidi’s Motel (845) 279-8011

Mt. Kisco, NY 5-10 min
Holiday Inn (914) 241-2600

Danbury, CT 10-20 min from grounds
Hilton Gardens (203) 205-2000
Comfort Inn (203) 205-0800
Danbury Plaza (203) 795-0600
Ethan Allen (203) 774-1776
Spring Hill Suites (203) 744-7333
Residence Inn (203) 797-1256

Management:
Stadium Jumping, Inc.
1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205
Tel: (941) 744-5465 Fax: (941) 744-0874

Media Contact:
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American Gold Cup CSI4*-W Airs Today at 4 p.m. EST on NBC Sports Network

Set Your DVR or Tune In!

North Salem, NY – September 21 2014 – The American Gold Cup CSI4*- W took place September 10-14 at Old Salem Farm in New York. The coveted American Gold Cup was captured in its entirety for broadcast on NBC Sports Network for the second consecutive year. Set your DVR or tune in today at 4 p.m. EST for the full 90-minute expanded broadcast.

Need help finding your local NBC Sports channel for the American Gold Cup broadcast on Sunday? Click on the link and type in your ZIP code: http://www.nbcsports.com/tv-listings and NBC will list the channels for all cable providers in your area.

For further information, visit: www.stadiumjumping.com and www.theamericangoldcup.com.

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Laura Kraut and Andretti S Soar to Second Place at the $200,000 American Gold Cup

Laura Kraut and Andretti S.

North Salem, NY – September 16, 2014 – Sunday afternoon’s $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W was a fight to the finish. Six riders raced against the clock in an attempt to add their name to the illustrious list of previous winners. In the end, it came down to Jessica Springsteen aboard Vindicat W and her long-time trainer, Olympian Laura Kraut with the Stars and Stripes’ Andretti S.

Springsteen was the first, of six, to return to the jump off. Setting a fast pace, the pair stopped the timers at 35.360 seconds. Although each consecutive rider attempted to catch her time, they could not compensate accuracy for speed, either incurring faults or riding to a more conservative clear round.

Kraut was the last of the group to tackle the jump-off. Picking up the gallop, Kraut pulled the clutch with Andretti S, chasing Springsteen’s time. When Kraut left out a risky stride to the double combination, the audience was on the edge of their seats. Andretti soared through the effort, but Kraut reeled him in a little to the final fence, a decision that added a stride to earn the duo the second place. They finished in 36.660 seconds, only one second shy of Springsteen’s time.

“I don’t know what I was thinking at the double combination,” Kraut said. “It was either going to be victory or a disaster, and he just tried so hard to help me out there. I knew I had a choice to just go really flat out down to the final fence, but he’s still a young horse and I thought rather than taking the chance of crashing or doing something that would scare him, I’d just sort of stay conservative. It cost me but I’m happy with second.”

Laura Kraut and Andretti S, a new mount as of last fall, have been climbing the ranks of international competition throughout the summer. Andretti S is a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood who is an up and coming international super-star with Kraut in the saddle. This summer in Europe and now at the Gold Cup, Andretti S has proven himself a top competitor on the international stage, showcasing his speed among the best horse and rider combinations in the world. Andretti S is owned by the Stars and Stripes Syndicate in which Cherry Knoll Farm is a proud shareholder.

“I’m just so happy with him,” Kraut expressed. “I don’t want to say that I’m surprised, but I am a little surprised that he’s come along as quickly as he has. When I started in Florida with him, I was jumping small 1.40m classes, and he really didn’t have a lot of mileage. All of a sudden it’s started to come to him. It was a difficult test for him today, but he handled it great.”

Kraut stood to the left of student, Springsteen, on the podium, smiling as she accepted the second place award.

“I’m thrilled! That’s the highest placing I’ve had on this horse ever. I don’t begrudge the victory to somebody who deserves it,” Kraut concluded.

Kraut will now prepare for the Central Park Horse Show, Longines L.A. Masters and the National Horse Show. For more information on Cherry Knoll Farm, please visit http://www.cherryknollfarminc.com/.

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Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W Victorious in $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

Jessica Springsteen and Vindicat W.

North Salem, NY – September 14, 2014 – The sold-out crowd of nearly 6,000 fans cheered following the conclusion of Sunday afternoon’s $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W held at the idyllic Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York. Jessica Springsteen flashed a huge smile as she raised the prestigious American Gold Cup trophy high above her head.

Springsteen and Vindicat W bested a field of 32 other qualified international entries to add their names to the list of accomplished riders and horses who have won the $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W before them. Springsteen’s parents Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa and family friend, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, were all on hand to cheer her on.

This year, as Springsteen stood atop the podium, her trainer, Olympian Laura Kraut, stood to her left and fellow young rider, Katie Dinan, joined her to her right. The three American women had swept the medal positions in an exciting and fitting end to the 2014 American Gold Cup.

“It’s absolutely incredible,” Springsteen said. “To win such a prestigious class is really amazing. My horse jumped super so I’m so thrilled.”

Video Courtesy of ShowNet, USEF Network and NBC Sports Network

Springsteen was fourth to jump over the first round of the Alan Wade designed course, and she set the pace for how her day would go, turning in a clear round that would lead the class from beginning to end.

“The fences, especially at the end, were pretty big,” Springsteen said. “It was definitely tough enough, but after walking the course I knew exactly what my plan was going to be. That was kind of a relief since I went so early; I was just able to go in and execute the plan and hope for the best.”

Springsteen and Vindicat W, owned by Stone Hill Farm of Colts Neck, New Jersey, were joined in the jump-off by five other top contenders: Candice King and Kismet 50, Todd Minikus and Babalou 41, Wilton Porter and Diamonte Darco, Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet and Kraut and Andretti S.

As the first to go clear in the first round, Springsteen was also the first to return to jump-off, and she and Vindicat W laid down a speedy time to beat in 35.360 seconds.

One rail each fell for Candice King and Wilton Porter, relegating them to fifth and sixth place respectively, and for Minikus and Babalou 41 a clear round in a time of 37.920 seconds would put them into the eventual fourth place position.

With Springsteen’s time still the pace to catch, it all came down to Dinan and Kraut.

Dinan and her veteran mount Nougat Du Vallet, owned by Grant Road Partners LLC of New York, New York, turned in an impressive ride over the seven-obstacle jump-off course, but their time of 37.920 seconds would come up short of the top spot.

So it was left to a race between trainer and student, as Kraut entered the ring to try to best Springsteen’s time on Andretti S, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Stars and Stripes of Middleburg, Virginia.

Kraut left out a risky stride into the double combination and sailed over the course with room to spare, but she elected to add a stride to the final fence, which would just narrowly cost her the class as she finished in a time of 36.660 seconds.

Laura Kraut and Andretti S
Laura Kraut and Andretti S

“I knew when I cleared the second to last fence and I turned him, I had a choice to just go really flat out down to it, but he’s still a young horse,” Kraut said. “I thought rather than taking the chance of crashing or doing something that would scare him, I’d just sort of stay conservative. Yeah, it cost me, but I’m happy with second.”

Kraut has every reason to be thrilled with the outcome today. At the beginning of the year, she was competing the young Andretti S in the 1.40m jumpers, but today the up-and-comer stepped up to the plate and answered every question that was asked of him at 1.60m.

“I’m just so happy with him,” Kraut said. “Just all of a sudden it’s really started to come to him. It was a difficult test for him today, and he handled it great.”

Kraut continued, “And I’m so thrilled for [Jessica]! She’s been so close so many times. She’s been amazing all summer. She deserved it today. She rode great. Her first round was textbook perfect and so was her jump-off. I said to her: “If you lose, if you get beaten it would be unlucky.” She really did everything just right. I didn’t even think I could get that close to her, so I’m pleased that I was as close as I was.”

Springsteen has been riding and training with Kraut for over three years and was thrilled to have the opportunity to stand atop the podium with her today.

“She’s just taught me so much at this level like how to be competitive in big classes like this,” Springsteen said. “She taught me how to really fight for it and fight for the win.”

Kraut added, “She’s such an incredible rider, and she has such a great feeling. When she makes a mistake it’s normally so small and so random. [She and Vindicat W] know each other inside and out right now. They’ve been on such a good roll this whole summer and winter. I just leave it to her.”

Next, Springsteen and Kraut will travel to the Longines Los Angeles Masters with hopes of matching their huge success at American Gold Cup.

“It’s a beautiful facility. The grass field footing was absolutely fantastic,” Kraut said. “It’s really nice to come back to such a special horse show devoted only to jumpers which is really unique in America. We do it all summer in Europe, so this is like going to a European horse show in America. It’s great. I’m just so happy we came back [from Europe] for it.”

Now in its 44th year, the 2014 American Gold Cup was considered a huge success by all, including the event organizers, Stadium Jumping and Old Salem Farm.

“In a word it was perfect – the weather, the great crowd. It rained just enough last night to make the grand prix field footing perfect. It was a great class,” said Michael Morrissey, president of Stadium Jumping. “We are grateful to all our sponsors and to Westchester County for helping us get the word out there to help us get such a wonderful audience.”

For further information on the 2014 American Gold Cup visit www.theamericangoldcup.com. To watch a broadcast of today’s competition tune in to NBC on Sun., Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. EST.

45th Annual American Gold Cup Fast Facts

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

When:
September 10-14, 2014

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

Hours:
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday with the ASPCA Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon.

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.

Stabling:
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.

Parking:
Available on the grounds

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

Information:
Before Show – before 9/6/14: 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

Website – www.theamericangoldcup.com

Televised Broadcast:
The 2014 American Gold Cup Grand Prix will be broadcast on NBC Sports Sunday, September 21 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Tickets:

Weekdays: Admission is free to the public.
Saturday and Sunday: Admission is $20 per person, $15 per child 4-12 years and seniors 65+, children 3 and under are free.

Gates open at:
Wednesday – Saturday: 8 a.m.
Sunday: 12 noon

Tickets are on sale now and are available online at www.theamericangoldcup.com and at the gate. (Online ticket sales will be available June 1 – Sept. 1.)

Charity Partners:

JustWorld International
http://www.justworldinternational.org/

ASPCA
http://aspca.org/

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Matt Morrissey
941.915.3457
matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com

Connie Sawyer
518.461.6288
sawyer.equestrianevents@gmail.com

Advertising Opportunities:

Mary Silcox 800-237-8924
mary.silcox@stadiumjumping.com

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.

Hotels:
Official Hotel of the American Gold Cup
Danbury Crown Plaza
(877) 270 1393
Ridgefield, CT

West Lane Inn (203) 438-7323
Brewster, NY 5 – 10 min
Heidi’s Motel (845) 279-8011
Mt. Kisco, NY 5 – 10 min
Holiday Inn (914) 241-2600
Danbury, CT 10-20 min from grounds
Hilton Gardens (203) 205-2000
Comfort Inn (203) 205-0800
Danbury Plaza (203) 795-0600
Ethan Allen (203) 774-1776
Spring Hill Suites (203) 744-7333
Residence Inn (203) 797-1256

Management:
Stadium Jumping, Inc.
1301 Sixth Ave. West, Suite 406
Bradenton, FL 34205
Tel: (941) 744-5465 Fax: (941) 744-0874

Media Contact:
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