American Gold Cup and HITS Million Saugerties Offer Competitor Convenience and Top-Level Competition

Written by: Allyson Lagiovane
Client: American Gold Cup
Release Date: 2016-07-26

The American Gold Cup is celebrating its fifth year of competition this year at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. The historic show will take place September 14-18, featuring the $216,000 CSI 4* Longines FEI World Cup on Sunday, September 18. Competitors will gather from around the world to compete in one of America’s most popular events.

The American Gold Cup has also been selected to host the Region 1 & 2 ASPCA Maclay Championship for the third year in a row, held Saturday, September 17.

Beezie Madden and Simon win last year's HITS $1 Million Grand Prix
Beezie Madden and Simon win last year’s HITS $1 Million Grand Prix

New York will also play host to another popular show jumping event in the fall, the HITS Championship held September 7-11 in Saugerties, NY. The HITS Championship will feature the grand finale of the season, the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix FEI CSI 5* and will take place on Sunday, September 11. The HITS Championship awards over $2 million in prize money throughout the weekend, dubbed the “Richest Weekend in Show Jumping.”

The American Gold Cup and the HITS Championship will be held back to back in September, and are conveniently located just an hour away from each other. Exhibitors are encouraged to take advantage of both events to participate in two of the highest quality competitions of the season.

HITS President and CEO Thomas Struzzieri said, “With two premium events, the American Gold Cup and the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, so close in both proximity and scheduling, high performance riders will benefit from the convenience that HITS-on-the-Hudson and Old Salem Farm provide.”

Management from both events will be communicating with one another to ensure a smooth transition between the two venues for horses and riders, and can help with any special requests. Both HITS and Morrissey Management will be diligent in their efforts to support competitors at both events.

“We are planning a great show at this year’s American Gold Cup, as well as working closely with HITS to create a seamless transition between our two events,” continued American Gold Cup Manager Michael Morrissey. “This is a unique opportunity for riders to participate in two top-notch events within a short drive of each other. We are looking forward to working together with the HITS team.”

Struzzieri added, “HITS and Old Salem will be working together to assist riders in making their plans, including coordinating quarantine if necessary, as well as communicating arrival arrangements with Old Salem management to make the transition from Saugerties to North Salem as smooth as possible.”

For further information or for tickets to this year’s American Gold Cup, visit the American Gold Cup website at

For further information on the HITS Championship or for tickets to this year’s Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix CSI-5*, visit the HITS Horse Shows website or call the HITS corporate office at 845.246.8833.

About the American Gold Cup
Held over five days, the American Gold Cup brings together a diverse crowd of elite equestrian athletes, discerning horse owners, excited fans and young hopefuls waiting to catch a glimpse of their idols set amongst a fanfare of family-friendly activities, competitions, shopping, entertainment and celebrity sightings.

In addition to the competition ring, the international show jumping event features high-end shopping located along Old Salem Farm’s boutique row. From top-notch equestrian tack and equipment to fashion, jewelry, antiques, art and much more, the scenic outdoor boutiques offer show-goers the perfect opportunity to get some shopping in while taking a break from the competition action.

Old Salem Farm, located an hour north of New York City, boasts a state-of-the-art stabling facility, an historic pristine grass Grand Prix field and outstanding competition and schooling arenas, all of which are surrounded by one of the world’s most charming and picturesque competition venue settings. For the past four years, the North American Riders Group (NARG) has recognized the Old Salem Farm competitions on their NARG Top 25 List. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its yearlong competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit

About the HITS Saugerties Summer Series
The HITS Saugerties Show Series welcomes equestrians for eight weeks of shows, $3 million in prize money, bi-weekly Grand Prix, qualifiers for the HITS Championship, USEF Premier and National-Rated Hunters, 5* and 6* Jumpers, and the new LEGEND VIP Club. From Short Stirrup to Grand Prix, HITS Saugerties offers something for everyone, as equestrian stars of tomorrow compete alongside showjumping legends of today!

The majestic Catskill Mountains provide a sweeping backdrop to this exciting series, which has made its home at HITS-on-the-Hudson since 2004. In the fall, the HITS Championship caps the HITS Saugerties Series with hunter and jumper finals and the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, now an FEI CSI-5* class.

For our vendors, we offer a great place to display products, passion and workmanship for all to see.  If you are an exhibitor and enthusiast, our vendor courtyard offers a place to take a breather, look around and pick up anything you may need from necessities to pleasure items. For more vendor information, please visit


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