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The 2017 American Gold Cup

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Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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18-year-old Lucy Deslauriers beat our her father and 47 others to win the $86,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier presented by Windsor Show Stables on her mother Lisa Deslaureirs' Hester. Photo The Book LLC

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Mario Deslauriers galloped home to a 5th place finish on Wishing Well Farm's Bardolino 2 in the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping New York. Photo: The Book LLC

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Maybe next year for McLain Ward and Doulbe H Farm's HH Callas, the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York is one oof the few competitions McLain Ward has never won and his year he has to settle for a second place finish. Photo: The Book LLC

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Devin Ryan, winner of the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping New York CSI4*-W. Photo: The Book LLC

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Beezie Madden finished 2nd in the $86,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier presented by Windsor Show Stables aboard Breitling LS the entry of Abigail Wexner. Photo: The Book LLC

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The VIP Jockey Club. Photo The Book LLC

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The view of the Grand Prix Field at Old Salem Farm from the 2nd floor of the VIP Jockey Club. Photo: The Book LLC.

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Hermès partner rider Nick Dello Joio. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Families turned out in beautiful attire. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Elegant shopping at the Hermès pop-up boutique. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Guests gather with Flo Fulton (right). Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Stylish settings in the VIP tent. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Personal style in the VIP tent. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Stylish settings in the VIP tent. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Elegant shopping at the Hermès pop-up boutique. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Timeless Hermès silk scarves. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Each exquisite Hermès saddle is handcrafted. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Sydney Shulman rode to first place in the $35,000 Hermès Sellier Cup, a 1.45 meter Open Jumper class. Photo Owen Hoffmann

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Families turned out in beautiful attire. Photo: Owen Hoffmann

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Jack Hardin Towell Jr finish 3rd on Evergate Stables' New York in the $35,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake. Photo: The Book LLC

Hermès supports equestrian sport at the highest level at the 2017 American Gold Cup

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.