Overview of the American Gold Cup
The American Gold Cup is entering the 47th year of competition and continues to be one of the most prestigious horse shows in the world of international show jumping. Annually, the show attracts the world's elite equestrian riders, as well as eager spectators ready to witness an exciting and athletic outing by both horse and rider.
This will be the seventh year that the American Gold Cup will be hosted at the historic Old Salem Farm. The 85,000-sq. foot barn is built upon a 120 acres, and has been home to an extensive list of world-class trainers and riders. The original barn, then known as Salem View Farms, was built in 1964 by a group of retired policemen. Frank Amendola along with his investors, wanted Salem View Farms to be a profitable training facility and show business. To ensure the farm's success, they consulted renowned trainer and rider, George Morris. Morris had just turned professional and recalls his time at Salem View Farms as a significant point in the start of his training career. The facility did not generate the profits that the investors had hoped for, and the property sold in 1967. Salem View Farm was renamed The Hill by new owner, Dr. Albert Keston. The barn then fell into disrepair with the new property owner over the course of fourteen years. This caused the farm to then be sold to actor Paul Newman and wife Joanne Woodward. Under yet another new ownership, the farm underwent a makeover. After investing an enormous amount of money into the property, the stable went on the market again and eventually sold for 2.1 million dollars. Hedge-fund manager Paul Greenwood gave the farm its current name, Old Salem. Greenwood was ready to take Old Salem to the next level. Under his ownership, The New York Times called Old Salem, "the grandest stable for show horses in the country." Old Salem then changed ownership yet again, to current owner Kamran Hakim. Kamran Hakim, a real-estate investor, invested money into renovating the farm to make it pristine and well organized. Now the farm hosts up to twenty-six shows a year, including the American Gold Cup.
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Out of forty horses and riders, last year's Gold Cup winner was Kent Farrington aboard his horse Gazelle. Kent Farrington and Charlie Jacobs were the only two competitors to go clear in the first jumping round. In the jump off, Jacobs' 10-year-old mare Cassinja S. pulled a rail. This left Farrington with the opportunity to win with a clear round. Farrington not only won the prize money, but gained ranking points within the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North America League. Tune in Sunday, September 17th, to see the some of the world's elite riders competing for the coveted prize money and ranking points for the FEI World Cup.