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Beezie Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo with the two-story Hermes club in the background

Margie Engle and Royce after their first round.

Tracy Fenney signs autographs after earning second place in the AGC

Michael Hughes and Curtis

Kent Farrington and Willow

Mclain Ward and Cadence

Shane Sweetnam and Solerina

Brianne Goutal and Nice De Prissey


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Hugely Successful 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W Wrap Up- September 11-15

Written by: Rebecca Walton and Carrie Wirth
Client: Aaron’s Catering of the Palm Beaches
Release Date: 2013-09-17

Brianne Goutal and Nice De Prissey Capture the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, Presented by Suncast

North Salem, NY – September 17, 2013 –  The organizers of  the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, Stadium Jumping and Old Salem Farm, took show jumping in the United States to a whole new level. Held on the picturesque grounds of Old Salem Farm in Old Salem, NY, the event drew a capacity, standing room only crowd to the final event, the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W. The crowd was engrossed and followed the action closely, sighing for downed rails and applauding clear efforts.

With the Hermès Club, the first two-story VIP tent in show jumping in the United States, the high-end boutiques and family events many equestrians compared the event to the great competitions of Europe, where show jumping is as popular as football.

Sunday – Brianne Goutal and Nice De Prissey Win the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, Presented by Suncast
On a perfect day in front of a sold-out crowd of over 4,000, 25-year-old Brianne Goutal added her name to the historic list of riders who have won the $200,000 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, Presented by Suncast. Thirty-six entries gathered at Old Salem Farm for the international jumping competition, but it was Goutal and her talented mount Nice De Prissey who scored the winning honors after executing a quick and accurate jump-off effort. Tracy Fenney and MTM Timon laid down the first faultless round for second place, while Beezie Madden’s speedy four-fault round over the short track earned third with Coral Reef Via Volo.

Ireland’s Alan Wade presented many tests on the Grand Prix Field for the athletes, including an open water, a skinny fence, a tall plank vertical, a vertical-oxer double combination, and an oxer-oxer-vertical triple combination. Ten of the original 36 starters advanced to the jump-off.

For the tiebreaker, competitors began over a new oxer-vertical bending line to a tall vertical and last two obstacles in the triple combination. Then they made a sharp roll back to a single over, bending to a tall vertical and finishing away from the gate over a wide oxer.

Tracy Fenney was the first in the ring during the opening round, and her faultless round meant she was the first in the ring for the tiebreaker with MTM Timon, owned by MTM Farm of Flower Mound, TX. The long-time partners were able to complete another perfect course, breaking the beam in 40.75 seconds to put the pressure on the remaining riders.

Brianne Goutal and Nice De Prissey, owned by Remarkable Farms LP of Royal Palm Beach, FL, were ready to answer the challenge when they stepped on to the Grand Prix Field next for the short course. Utilizing her mount’s large stride, Goutal was able to race quickly to each obstacle and leave each rail untouched. They sped through the finish line in 40.18 seconds to capture the early lead.

Although Beezie Madden’s mare Coral Reef Via Volo, owned by Coral Reef Ranch of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, is one of the smaller horses on the circuit, she has a large stride and Madden was able to leave out strides in lines to stay right on Goutal’s heels. Unfortunately, she laid on the gas to the final oxer and incurred four faults, and although her time of 39.65 seconds was faster, the reigning World Cup Champion had to settle for the third place award.

Charlie Jayne was just 2/10ths of a second slower than Madden with Chill R Z, owned by Maura Thatcher and Alex Jayne of Elgin, IL, and with an error at the vertical before the last fence their four-fault round would place fourth in a time of 39.86 seconds. With horses of a similar size and speed, Kent Farrington and Uceko, owned by RCG Farm of Ridgefield, CT, tied with Katie Dinan and Nougat Du Vallet, owned by Grant Road Partners of New York, NY, for the fifth place honors after they each lowered the height of a fence and broke the beam at 40.97 seconds to round out the top six finishers and seal Goutal’s victory.

Saturday- Michael Hughes Captures the ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Regional Championships
Each year, junior riders work diligently to earn points for the ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Regional Championships. The top competitors from Region 2 gathered at Old Salem Farm during the 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W to showcase their skills and qualify for the ASPCA Maclay Championships at the Alltech National Horse Show. After an over fences phase, a flat phase, and a test of the top four, it was Michael Hughes of Allendale, NJ, earning the win aboard Curtis, owned by North Run of Warren, VT.

Sixty-one entries competed in the first phase over fences for judge Ralph Caristo in the Indoor Arena at Old Salem Farm. The course began with an ‘S’-shaped bending line from a vertical to an oxer to a vertical. The competitors then continued to a direct vertical-oxer line before making a bending line from a single vertical to a vertical-oxer in-and-out. Riders then continued to another bending line and finished with a long approach to a single oxer on the diagonal.

After the over fences phase, riders were divided into four groups for the flat phase. Beginning on the left lead, they were asked to drop their irons and showcase a sitting trot, rising trot, and canter. They then were able to pick up their irons, reverse direction, and show the same gaits on the right lead.

At the end of the evening four riders were called back for the final test in reverse order: Victoria Colvin, Megan MacPherson, Michael Hughes, and Lillie Keenan. They had to begin with the ‘S’-shaped line, cantering the first vertical, counter cantering the oxer, and trotting the second vertical. They then hand galloped a single oxer on the diagonal before halting at the end of the ring and trotting back to the line.

Victoria Colvin went first with VIP Z, showcasing a beautiful hand gallop that helped her edge up into the third place position. Megan MacPherson was the first rider to land in the counter canter with Great Expectations, but a slower hand gallop garnered the fourth place award.

Michael Hughes was next with Curtis, and despite their new partnership they were ready to win. The duo landed in the counter canter before taking a sharp inside turn to the trot jump, and making a precise halt after hand galloping the oxer.

Lillie Keenan made the same inside turn with Clearway, and executed a very even trot jump, but Hughes’ brilliant test was enough for him to claim the lead while Keenan placed second.

Hughes only began showing Curtis at the Hampton Classic, where they won two classes, but the flat phase and test added a new element for the pair. Hughes trains with Missy Clark of North Run, who was very pleased with his first round of the day.

All of the top entries from the Regional Championship have qualified for the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship at the Alltech National Horse Show.

Saturday $50,000 Hermès Classic and Highlights
Kent Farrington was on fire, topping the $50,000 Hermès Classic with his talented mount Willow by besting a nine-horse jump-off with a double clear effort in 37.91 seconds. Forty-one of the country’s top equestrian athletes turned out for the event but it was Farrington who had all the answers to beat Ireland’s Darragh Kenny with Prof De La Roque and Argentina’s Max Amaya riding Cartier, finishing second and third, respectively.

Ireland’s Alan Wade built the challenging track on the Grand Prix Field, which included an oxer-vertical double combination, and difficult final line with an oxer to a vertical-vertical-oxer triple combination that finished with an uphill vertical. Only nine were able to complete the course without fault, although a tight time allowed had three riders finishing with a single time fault.

For the jump-off, the competitors began with the first oxer in the final line of the original course to the oxer of the triple combination, before jumping a single vertical with a bending line to the double combination. They finished over two new fences before galloping to a single airy vertical.

Only four of the returning athletes managed to complete a second faultless round, the first of which came from Kent Farrington and Willow, owned by Amalaya Investments of Houston, TX. The duo set the target by leaving a stride out to the double combination and galloping easily over the final vertical. They crossed the finish line in 37.91 seconds, which would prove uncatchable.

Darragh Kenny made a good effort to beat Farrington’s time aboard Prof De La Roque, owned by Postage Stamp Farm of Ridgefield, CT, and despite their sharp inside turns to the final obstacles, they fell just short of the leaders with a time of 38.49 seconds, which held up for second place.

Paige Johnson managed to post the next jump-off round without error riding Dakota, owned by Salamander Farm of The Plains, VA, but although they were able to leave all the rails intact, they broke the beam in 41.38 seconds for fourth place.

It was Max Amaya who slipped into the third place position with Cartier, owned by Stonehenge Stables of Ocean, NJ. They held the same pace as Johnson as they cleared the course, clocking in at 41.36 seconds, just 2/100ths of a second faster, stealing the yellow ribbon and sealing Farrington’s victory.

Earlier on Saturday, athletes had the opportunity to showcase their skills during the $25,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic. The Alan Wade course began at the far end of the Grand Prix field and tested riders with an oxer-vertical double combination and a vertical-oxer-vertical triple combination by the gate. Ten of the 49 starters were faultless over the track, and for the jump-off they began with a new oxer and vertical, followed by the first part of the double combination, and then a sharp bending line before rolling back over the final obstacles and finishing by the gate.

Lillie Keenan posted the first clear jump-off with Pumped Up Kicks, owned by Chansonette Farm of New York, NY, carefully leaving all of the fences intact. Although she had a handy time of 42.315 seconds, there were six entries remaining and the time would only hold up for third place.

Karen Polle of New York, NY, was next with her long-time partner What Ever. Despite this being the horse’s biggest class since returning from an injury, she proved she was ready to win. They made sharp turns and had a big gallop, easily winding their way through the course without error and breaking the beam at 40.663 seconds.

Frances Land of Alpharetta, GA, tried to catch Polle’s time with Vieanne, but for the second day in a row the pair had to settle for second place. They were also very quick and precise, but crossed the finish line in 41.934 seconds. The only other rider to finish the course without incurring any faults Erin Haas aboard As Di Chupito, owned by the North Face Farm of Chesea, MI. In an effort to leave all the rails in place they had a more conservative pace, finishing in 45.560, earning the fourth place ribbon and sealing’s Polle’s victory.

The first class on the Grand Prix Field on Saturday was the $10,000 Mitchell-Innes & Nash Fine Art Adult Amateur Classic. Patricia Hennessy of Kintnersville, PA, topped the nine-horse jump-off aboard Little Tom with a double clear effort in 27.328 seconds. Elizabeth Lamotte of West Grove, PA, followed her with Spit Fire in second with a time of 29.650 seconds, while Tiffany Field and London, owned by Hidden Brook Farm of Salt Point, NY, rounded out the top three by finishing in 31.844 seconds.

Meanwhile in the Jumper Ring, the day kicked off with the $5,000 NAL/WIHS Children’s Classic, where the victory went to Madison Charlton riding Petit Flipper for Ellen Mitchell of Bernardsville, NJ. Liana Cohen of New York, NY, and Zoomerang were two seconds short during the tiebreaker for second place, while Grace Foley of New York, NY, and Atlantus took home the third place award.

The $10,000 NAL Low Junior Jumper Classic was next, with just fractions separating the top two competitors. Madison Goetzmann of Westport, CT, set the pace aboard Veronieque during the jump-off, finishing in a clear 35.735 seconds for the win. Michael Hughes was right on her heels, clocking in at 35.926 seconds for the second place honors with Red Hot, owned by Dumnacross Farm of Allendale, NJ. The third place award went to Ali Tritschler riding Velinta Palo Blanco for Norfield Stables of Newtown, CT, and finishing in 36.035 seconds.

The final event was the $10,000 NAL Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, presented by Houlihan Lawrence, where a single second determined the placings of the top three finishers in the jump-off. The winning honors went to Francesca Bolfo of New York, NY, aboard U2, while Maria Costa of Wellington, FL, and Reno picked up the second place award. Kenzie Snyder of West Chester, PA, and Waterloo posted a double clear effort that was good enough for the third place prize.

Friday - $100,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier presented by Double H Farm & Windsor Show Stables and Highlights
Friday the 13th proved to be a lucky day for Beezie Madden, who stormed to victory on her veteran mount Coral Reef Via Volo during the $100,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier, presented by Double H Farm & Windsor Show Stables. Fifty-five entries showed on the Grand Prix Field at Old Salem Farm during the 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W, but only eight finished without fault to qualify for the jump-off, where Madden and Coral Reef Via Volo sped past the other double clears, Brianne Goutal and Nice De Prissey in second, and Margie Engle and Royce in third.

Alan Wade of Ireland built a solid track for Friday’s feature event, which tested riders with a pole over an open water fence, a skinny vertical off a sharp turn, and three double combinations, as well as multiple fences off of hills and long gallops. Mid-way through the competition, a rain shower passed through, and despite eight horse and rider combinations going clear during the first half, none were faultless during the second half of the class.

The eight athletes returning for the jump-off were all women, and for the short track they began over two new oxers to a single vertical. Then they showed over a vertical-oxer double combination to a single vertical, before rolling back over the skinny jump and galloping towards the gate for the final obstacles.

Birthday girl Brianne Goutal was the first to return for the short course riding Nice De Prissey for Remarkable Farms of Royal Palm Beach, FL. The duo was quick and precise, making easy work of the fences and galloping through the timers in 41.51 seconds to set the pace, which would hold up for second place.

Margie Engle was next riding Royce for Elm Rock Partners LLC of Bronxville, NY. Despite an ankle injury, Engle proved that she had all of the answers, leaving all the rails intact and crossing the finish line in 42.48 seconds for third place.

Katie Dinan of New York, NY, was next in the ring with her first of two qualified mounts, Nougat Du Vallet. They had a single error at the second new oxer for four faults in 40.40 seconds for fifth place, while Dinan’s second mount Glory Days had a single error in faster time of 40.01 seconds for fourth place.

Tracy Fenney with MTM Timon, owned by MTM Farm of Flower Mound, TX, and Molly Ashe Cawley on Carissimo, owned by Olivia Jack of Fairfield, CT, also had a single rail each, finishing sixth and seventh respectively. Although Leslie Howard and Tic-Tac, owned by Jane F. Clark of New York, NY, were perfect in the first round, they had 12 faults in the jump-off for eighth place.

The final clear competitor in the jump-off proved to be the best, demonstrating why she is currently ranked second in the world. Beezie Madden found the perfect distance to each obstacle with her Olympic mount Coral Reef Via Volo, owned by the Coral Reef Ranch of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, opening up the mare’s big stride to the first fences and easily galloping home through the last line. They blazed across the finish line in 41.09 seconds, beating Goutal by 5/10ths of a second to lead the lap of honor.

Earlier on Friday, competitors showcased their speed in the to $3,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class, presented by Bedford Magazine. Alan Wade utilized different natural options through the course, including cantering down the bank, jumping through the grob, and jumping on and off of the table. Riders could choose the easier options that did not include the natural obstacles, but it would cost them on the clock.

Thirty horse and rider combinations showed over the track, but only seven managed to do so without fault. The first clear effort came from Frances Land of Alpharetta, GA, and Vieanne, who wasted no time in the air as they galloped around the field in a time of 68.027 seconds.

Catherine Tyree of Chicago, IL, tried to catch Land with her first round, Udento VDL, and while they were able to leave all the rails intact, they crossed the finish line in 68.753 seconds, just 7/10ths of a second slower for an eventual fourth place finish. Tyree came even closer to Land’s time wither her second mount, Don’t Go, but was still just fractions away with a clear round in 68.753 seconds for the third place award.

Three riders finished over the 70-second mark, choosing a more conservative pace in an effort to leave all the fences untouched. Kira Kerkorian of Sagaponack, NY, clocked in at 72.970 seconds aboard Rashmo Z for fifth place, while Katherine Strauss and Angelstone Partners’ Fidel Van De Kouldries placed sixth with a time of 73.127 seconds. Lucy Deslauriers of New York, NY, had the slowest clear round, finishing in 74.547 seconds riding Hester for the seventh place honors.

The only rider that could top Land’s early clear with Vieanne came from the smallest package. The 8-year-old mare Itty Bitty and rider Kelly Soleau of Marlborough, CT, picked up a quick gallop to the first obstacle and never held back, bravely navigating the natural obstacles and shaving off valuable seconds through each turn. They broke the beam at 66.252 seconds, jumping straight to the top of the leader board, while Land and Vieanne settled for second place.

The first event on the Grand Prix Field on Friday was the $3,000 Roberto Coin 1.35m Open Jumper Speed class. Out of 53 starters, there were 16 clear rounds, so riders had to put on the gas to score a top ribbon. The winner was Ireland’s Darragh Kenny riding Top Gun IV, owned by Oakland Ventures of Ocala, FL, who used his mounts quick foot speed to finish in a handy 59.381 seconds without a single error. He was followed closely by Julie Welles riding Banana D’ive Z for North Star of East Aurora, NY, stopping the clock in a clear 61.716 seconds. Kyle Timm and Platinum, owned by the Apex Equestrian Center of Apex, NC, rounded out the top three with a faultless round in 62.760 seconds.

Thursday- $33,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake and Highlights
Passing thunderstorms did not deter the exciting action during the second day of the 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W. The international jumping competition featured the $33,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake, where McLain Ward of Brewster, NY bested 60 entries to capture the winning honors on the Grand Prix Field at Old Salem Farm. Earlier in the day, Michaels Hughes and Dromma topped a 19-horse jump-off during the $3,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper class, presented by Gotham North.

Alan Wade of Ireland set a challenging track for the opening round of the $33,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake, which utilized all of the Grand Prix Field and included three double combinations, as well as technical vertical-oxer-oxer line. Twenty-two of the original 60 staring entries qualified for the jump-off. For the short track, the competitors began with three fences set off of long distances, before galloping to an oxer off of a blind turn. They then made sharp rollback to a single vertical, before finishing over a vertical-oxer double combination to an airy vertical.

Wednesday’s winner of the 1.40m Open Jumpers, Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam, was the first to return for the tiebreaker, riding Cyklon 1083 for Spy Coast Farm of East Setauket, NY. They made it look easy, never touching a rail and breaking the beam at 34.90, setting the pace to beat.

Fellow Irishman Andrew Bourns had the next faultless round aboard New Boy De Logerie, but in an effort to leave the fences up their time of 39.68 would only be good enough for fourth. Although young rider Katie Dinan of New York, NY, had an untimely dismount from her first qualified jump-off mount, she returned with her second horse Couletto K James to complete the short course without error in 40.07 seconds for fifth place. Judy Garofalo Torres of Wellington, FL, was next with Quattro Queen, and they all left all the rails intact, tripping the timers at 41.33 seconds to round out the top six.

Quentin Judge and HH Wilco, owned by Double H Farm of Wellington, FL, added their names to the list of double clears with one of the faster rounds by making sharp inside turns with his experienced mount. They crossed the finish line in 37.82 seconds to take home the third place award.

The only competitor that could top Sweetnam came from the final faultless jump-off round. McLain Ward was on his home turf and proved he could not be beat with his talented mount Cadence, owned by Procedures Inc of Agoura, CA. The duo picked up a quick pace to first fence and never held back; making sharp inside turns to both of the single oxers before galloping home over the final line. Ward and Cadence captured the victory, relegating Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083 to second place.

Earlier on Thursday, athletes had the opportunity to showcase their skills during the $3,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers, presented by Gotham North. With 19 entries advancing to the jump-off, just fractions of a second separated the leaders. The first round course tested riders with two double combinations and many related distances as the fences wound their way through the spacious Grand Prix Field.  For the short track, competitors began with an oxer-vertical line to a double combination and another oxer. Finally, they made a sharp rollback to a fourth oxer before finishing with a big gallop over a single vertical.

Only the third athlete to enter the ring, Brittni Raflowitz wore a target on her back when she piloted Elios, owned by Maarten Huygens of Chester Springs, PA, to a faultless jump-off effort in 30.054 seconds after using a hard slice to the final fences.

Three riders came within tenths of a second to catching Raflowitz at the end of the class, causing the third place position to switch hands three times. Adrienne Sternlicht of Greenwich, CT, rounded out the top five aboard Quidam MB, posting a clear time of 30.988 seconds. She was eventually bested by Karen Polle of New York, NY, and What Ever, who clocked in at 30.781 seconds with all the rails intact. Polle and What Ever had to settle for fourth, as Erin Haas entered the ring next riding As Di Chupito for the North Face Farm of Chesea, MI. After advancing to the jump-off, they also made their way across the shortened track without error, breaking the beam at 30.659 seconds for third place.

The only competitor to best Raflowitz was 17-year-old Michael Hughes of Allendale, NJ, riding the 11-year-old mare Dromma for owner Vanessa Mannix of Calgary, Alberta. Leaving strides out and using the inside turn after the second line, Hughes and Dromma galloped easily over the obstacles and were the only duo to break the 30 second mark, dashing across the finish line in 29.433 seconds. They took home the winning honors, while Raflowitz claimed the second place prize.

Wednesday - $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Open Jumpers and Highlights
Thanks to phenomenal reviews from the American Gold Cup in 2012, a large number of entries created a section split for the day’s main event on the Grand Prix Field: the $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Open Jumper class. During the first section, it was Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam and Solerina who bested Todd Minikus and Uraguay by three seconds at the end of the class with a quick and clear jump-off. Alison Robitaille made a splash in Section B, competing in her first jump-off class since November with her veteran mount Cover Girl, who was just returning from injury, beating Meagan Nusz and Elias by a full second in the tiebreaker.

Ireland’s Alan Wade designed two tracks for the day’s feature class, each winding throughout the large field and including multiple bending lines as well a vertical-oxer double combination, and an oxer-vertical double combination. With over 40 competitors in each class, it came down to speed and accuracy in the jump-off. Fifteen horses showed over the short course in the first section, which began at the far end of the field and used the oxer-vertical double combination, as well as multiple places to slice fences and finished over an oxer towards the gate.

Todd Minikus was only the fourth athlete to compete aboard Uraguay, owned by Legacy Stables of Princeton, NJ, but he set the target early in the class. After a faultless round, they managed to mimic the clear effort during the jump-off, making inside turns and breaking the beam at 32.773 seconds.

Ten rounds later, Sarah Segal made a bid for the win with Ubris, owned by Chartwell of Flemington, NJ. Although they managed to leave all the fences in tact and leave a stride out to the last fence, their time of 34.273 fell just shy of the leader and they took home fourth place. Meagan Nusz of Houston, TX, was right on Segal’s heels, piloting Waomi to a clear time of 34.763 for the fifth place honors.

Roberto Teran missed Minikus’ time by just 2/10ths of a second riding Woklahoma for the Ark Partners of Wellington, FL. They also posted a clear round, but crossed the finish in line in 32.992 seconds for the third place award.

Shane Sweetnam was one of the final competitors to show in the first section, but his experienced mount Solerina was ready to win. They had a strong gallop to the first three fences, only steadying for the double combination before slicing the final vertical and leaving a stride out to the last oxer. The duo blazed across the finish line in 29.770 seconds, jumping straight to the top of the leader board and leading the victory gallop.

Owned by Spy Coast Farm and Sweet Oak Farm, Solerina is a 14-year-old Irish Sporthorse mare by Cruising that Sweetnam began riding last year. After winning the $50,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix, Solerina used a month of working at home to come out fresh and ready for a victory.

In the second section of the $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Open Jumper, fourteen horses advanced to the short course. This time the jump-off was held opposite of the in-gate, beginning with a sharp rollback from a single vertical to a single oxer, and finishing with a double combination to a final wide-oxer.

Only five athletes posted double clear efforts, the first coming from Lauren Tisbo of Wellington, FL, and Darconscheefkasteel Z. The pair stopped the timers at 31.227, which would be good enough for fourth place. Judy Garaofalo Torres of Wellington, FL, and Quattro Queen were the slowest of the double clears for fifth place.

Megan Nusz scored another top placing for Amalaya Investments, this time piloting Elias to a clear round in 31.084 seconds, which captured the second place honors. Hillary Simpson was just a fraction away from Nusz’s time with Chinwies BZ, owned by Palmyra Partners LLC of Southern Pines, NC. Their faultless round clocked in at 31.149 seconds for third place.

Alison Robitaille and Cover Girl produced the fast clear jump-off. Despite the class marking Cover Girl’s first jump-off after sustaining an injury in November, the mare proved that she was in top form.  Utilizing her mare’s large stride, Robitaille picked up a quick pace to first fence, slicing the rollback, and then quickly making it towards the next two fences.

This is Robitaille’s first return to Old Salem Farm since her days in the Junior Hunters, but after hearing rave reviews from last year’s event she was excited to show at the international jumping competition.

In the $2,500 1.35m Open Jumpers held in the Jumper Ring, winning honors were presented to Roberto Teran and ADC Chef, owned by Richview Farm of Nobleton, Ontario. The duo completed a clear short course in 34.156 seconds, while Charlie Jayne and Speedy Chicolina, owned by Anna Murphy of De Pere, WI, clocked in at 35425 seconds for the second place award. Candice King and VDL Dogan picked up the third place honors, leaving all the fences intact and breaking the bream at 36,499 seconds for owner Bellissimo LLC of Wellington, FL.

The first class of the day was the $2,000 1.30m Open Jumpers with 69 entries. Kent Farrington came out on top, piloting Monopoly to the winning honors for Salamander Farms of The Plains, VA. The pair’s clear effort broke the beam at 32.439 seconds, while Guillermo Williams’ time of 33.322 seconds with Marbella, owned by El Milagro of Dallas, TX, was good enough for second. Paul Halpern and Royal Flush, owned by Kathleen Kamine of Oldwick, NJ, rounded out the top three, completing a spotless jump-off in 34.523 seconds.

Rave Reviews and Huge Crowds for the 2013 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W
This marks the second year that the American Gold Cup has been held at Old Salem Farm, and the new home has proved to be a perfect match for the historical event.

Stadium Jumping created the American Gold Cup, and President Michael Morrissey commented, “This was spectacular. I think we’ve elevated the sport to where it needs to be. The crowd was wonderful. It has been a long time since we’ve had crowds like that. There is still room for a little improvement but I think this was a fantastic event at a fantastic facility. We won’t take a back seat to anybody.”

This year, Brianne Goutal’s name will be added to the list of winners for her incredible effort during this well-attended and well-produced international show jumping competition.

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