Oh Glorious Gold Cup
Once the highlight of the Chagrin Valley Horse Show in Ohio, the American Gold Cup was a tradition on the grand prix calendar. With several location changes over the years, the event didn’t regain its glory until landing in New York at Old Salem Farm. Our hats are off to Stadium Jumping and Old Salem for combining tradition with a world class venue. The American Gold Cup earns the 2014 NARG #1 in the United States Horse Show Award.
It is notable that the top three scores in the NARG Top 25 each maintain beautiful grass fields for show jumping. Old Salem prepared the field correctly this year, which made a world of difference. It helped that Mother Nature was kind making it a perfect fall day. Old Salem’s sand rings are also excellent.
The course design and jumps were superb. Prize money increased, which is always appreciated. Top that off with great hospitality, where not only was there no entry fee for the grand prix but all FEI riders were given two armbands to the exquisite two story Jockey Club.
With four world ranking classes, the American Gold Cup also earned ten bonus points this year. NARG suggested adding back in the Speed Derby for a touch of variety in the schedule which will be added to the 2015 schedule.
The event was live on Shownet, USEF Network and FEI TV plus an NBC Sports broadcast. The facility was packed on grand prix day, which led to some parking issues for spectators which management which were quickly addressed. A nice problem to have.
In this third year of the American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm, the improvements and prestige were all in place. An excellent North American product, NARG is proud to see this event regain its success and feels confident that the teams behind the effort will keep the Gold Cup banner waving high.
NORTH AMERICAN RIDERS GROUP | TOP 25 OF 2013