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.netor 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.
Photos by The Book, LLC