It was another spectacular week of competition at the 2017 American Gold Cup CSI-4*W, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York. The Gold Cup is one of North America’s premier show-jumping events and North American Riders Group’s (NARG) highest ranked horse show in the United States. This prestigious competition attracted leading international competitors including Hermès partner riders Daniel Bluman (Israel) and Nick Dello Joio (USA).
The name of Hermès has been associated with the finest accoutrements for horse and rider since 1837, and the company has shown an unwavering commitment in supporting equestrian sport at the highest levels. The American Gold Cup attracts a diverse crowd of elite equestrian athletes, discerning horse owners, excited fans, and aspiring riders. As in years past, this five-day event hosted an exclusive Hermès equestrian boutique, which offered a complete selection of high-performance and elegant fittings for the horse, the rider, and the stable.
On Saturday, September 16, Hermès presented the $35,000 Hermès Sellier Cup, a 1.45-meter Open Jumper class that demanded a marriage of both precision and pace—exhilarating for both competitors and spectators alike. Stylish visitors to the Hermès VIP tent (many beautifully turned out in their own Hermès fittings) sipped champagne and enjoyed a selection of creative hors d’ouevres as they watched U.S. rider Sydney Shulman and eight-year-old Villamoura end the riveting competition with a first-place finish. Sixty-five horse and rider teams attacked the 12-obstacle course set by Ireland’s Alan Wade and Nigel Jess, with only three riding clear.
Visitors to the Gold Cup were treated to a variety of entertainments to keep them amused between rounds. The youngest visitors took part in the face painting and pony rides, while some world class shopping along boutique row offered spectators the opportunity to outfit themselves in the latest high-tech riding apparel and sleek riding boots as well as a wide variety of clothing and jewelry. Everything from saddlery and tack to supplements and barn supplies was also on offer, as well as handcrafted equestrian-themed objets’d’art. A plethora of informal dining options were available to fuel the crowd all afternoon under a warm, late summer sun.
The five-day event wrapped up on Sunday, September 17, with the highly anticipated FEI Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York CSI4*-W. Devin Ryan of the U.S. rode to victory in the jump off against four other pairs.