North Salem, N.Y. – Sept. 17, 2017 – The 2017 American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm came to an end on Sunday as some of the world’s top international show jumping athletes competed for the coveted American Gold Cup trophy in the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York CSI4*-W. The United States claimed the top prize for the second year in a row as Devin Ryan secured the victory aboard the 8-year-old KWPN gelding Eddie Blue.
The top 39 athletes from Friday’s $86,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier CSI4*-W, presented by Windsor Show Stables, came forward to compete on the Grand Prix Field in Sunday’s grand finale over two challenging tracks designed by Alan Wade and Nigel Jess.
The large first round course utilized the field’s natural slopes and hills to test athletes over a series of 14 obstacles, where a majority of faults were collected through the Longines triple combination (oxer-oxer-vertical). Five combinations advanced to the jump-off after producing clear efforts in the first round.
Brianne Goutal (USA) kicked off the tie-breaking round with Remarkable Farms LLC’s Nice De Prissey. The pair won the 2013 American Gold Cup together but concluded Sunday’s competition on 4 faults in 40.12 seconds, which would garner them fourth place in the final standings.
Canada’s Mario Deslauriers and Bardolina, owned by Wishing Well Farm, LLC, experienced an unfortunate parting of ways at the third element of the eight-fence jump-off, resulting in an elimination. Both horse and athlete received a round of applause for their efforts after immediately getting back on their feet and reuniting.
Just coming off their recent win in the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament’s $75,000 Agero Grand Prix at the end of August, Ryan and Eddie Blue, owned by LL Show Jumpers, LLC, claimed the first clear performance of the jump-off. They blazed around the short course in 37.75 seconds, knowing world number three ranked show jumping rider and New York native McLain Ward (USA) would be following him in the order-of-go.
Ward and HH Callas, owned by Double H Farm, took their turn on the Grand Prix Field next, also finishing clear but one second behind Ryan in 38.34 seconds. Jack Towell and Evergate Stables LLC’s Lucifer V were the final challengers of Sunday’s main event. They posted the fastest 4-fault effort in 39.51 seconds for third place, while Ward took home second place honors.
The American Gold Cup is one of only seven events that comprise the East Coast division of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. Top equestrian athletes compete in the league at events all across North America in order to qualify for the prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final to be held in Paris, France, April 10–15, 2018.
Prior to Sunday’s grand prix, the M. Michael Meller Style of Riding Award was presented to the USA’s Heather Caristo-Williams, who exhibited an outstanding combination of horsemanship, skill and presentation while competing at the 2017 American Gold Cup. In addition, Sandra Ruiz received the Old Salem Farm Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, which was created by Old Salem Farm head trainer Frank Madden as a way to recognize members of the U.S. hunter/jumper community for their selfless contributions to the sport they love.
Re-live all of the action from Sunday’s grand prix at the American Gold Cup with NBC Sports Network’s broadcast of the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York CSI4*-W on Friday, Sept. 22, at 11 p.m.!
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Devin Ryan – $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York CSI4*-W winner
On Eddie Blue:
“I have a great horse and I knew it was a great field out there. I was probably the least experienced of all those riders in the jump-off. I’ve been watching them all season trying to learn from them. I just went out there today and rode my plan. Eddie is a great horse. I’ve had him since he was 4 years old and I’ve known since he was 5 years old that he would be able to jump all the big classes. He’s a very brave horse and a field like this suits him. He has a lot of stride and scope so there is time to organize him. Because the field fit the horse, I thought this was a great place to step him up.”
On qualifying for the 2018 World Cup Finals in Paris:
“That’s my plan. I went up to Bromont and it didn’t quite work out the way I wanted it to and I didn’t get any points. I came here for step two and then I go to Washington and Kentucky so we’ll see what happens. After that I will have a better idea. It takes a few more points than today to make it to World Cup [Finals].”
On his plan for Eddie Blue:
“This horse has no experience indoors. I am going to take him to Washington and Kentucky as a second horse just to get his feet wet indoors and see how he does and how he reacts to that atmosphere. If he reacts great at Washington, which is a much smaller ring, we might use him in Kentucky. We’ll just have to see. My goal was to get one World Cup class out of him at an open venue.”
McLain Ward – Second place
On finishing second on Sunday:
“My father won this class 31 years ago, which I am very aware of. I have been trying to win this class for a long time and I’ve been second a lot, but it eludes me. I was thrilled with the mare today. She has been really good. She was third at the Hampton Classic. Devin is a very fast rider. He’s always going forward and the horse has a very big stride. I knew I couldn’t do the same numbers so I knew it had to be a very good round to win. In hindsight, you see an inch here or an inch there but you also risk having a jump down. I did the best round I thought I could do but [Devin] was a little better today. That’s the sport and hopefully I can get this win before I retire.”
On HH Callas:
“I’ve had her since February. She’s a pretty temperamental mare so it’s taken me a little while to figure her out, but I think she is getting more consistent. The last few weeks we’ve had a lot of clear rounds and some great performances at Spruce Meadows. We still have a ways to go before we are as consistent as we’d like to be, but for sure we are on the right path and I am very pleased with her.”
On the American Gold Cup:
“Thank you to Michael [Morrissey] and everyone here at Old Salem Farm. We all love the American Gold Cup and it’s had many different forms. I think it has found its way home here. This is my hometown and I am very proud to have this event here.”
Jack Towell – Third place
On finishing third on Sunday:
“I was disappointed with myself. My horse jumped very well and I should have taken more of a shot. I was too slow, and if I didn’t have the rail I still would have been too slow. I think I should have left out in the first two lines. It wasn’t my horse’s fault, I just wasn’t on it from the start.”
Alan Wade – Course designer
On the results from Sunday’s class:
“I was very happy. It’s a tricky enough field. There are a lot of slopes and undulations and the grass is very fragile at times. We wanted a fresh track for every round and every jump-off. I would like to thank my crew and my assistants. They worked very hard all week and I think we saw very good sport today.”
Michael Morrissey – American Gold Cup event manager
On the 2017 American Gold Cup:
“I think it was a beautiful event. The caliber of competition was way up there. Old Salem Farm is such a beautiful venue, and the team I have behind me is second to none in the country.”
$216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York CSI4*-W:
Place / Horse / Rider / Country / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time
1. Eddie Blue / Devin Ryan / USA / LL Show Jumpers, LLC / 0 / 82.65 / 0 / 37.75
2. HH Callas / McLain Ward / USA / Double H Farm / 0 / 81.50 / 0 / 38.34
3. Lucifer V / Jack Towell / USA / Evergate Stables LLC / 0 / 80.23 / 4 / 39.51
4. Nice De Prissey / Brianne Goutal / USA / Remarkable Farms LLC / 0 / 81.73 / 4 / 40.12
5. Bardolina / Mario Deslauriers / CAN / Wishing Well Farm LLC / 0 / 82.53 / EL
6. Terceira / Paul O’Shea / IRL / Hampton Farms LLC / 1 / 83.56
7. Breitling LS / Beezie Madden / USA / Abigail Wexner / 4 / 77.12
8. Carrabis Z / Richie Moloney / IRL / Equinimity LLC / 4 / 78.84
9. Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili / Kristen Vanderveen / USA / Bull Run Jumpers Five LLC / 4 / 80.14
10. Main Road / Shane Sweetnam / IRL / Sweet Oak Farm / 4 / 80.68
11. Hester / Lucy Deslauriers / USA / Lisa Deslauriers / 4 / 80.69
12. Venue D’Fees Des Hazalles / Eve Jobs / USA / Eve Jobs / 4 / 80.77
Brian Moggre Closes out American Gold Cup with $25,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic Victory
Preceding Sunday’s $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York CSI4*-W, the Grand Prix Field kicked off with the $25,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic where 16-year-old Brian Moggre of Flower Mound, Texas, and Condero 3 took home top honors and the championship tricolor. The 12-year-old gelding, owned by DDM Equestrian, LLC, was the only horse to jump double-clear and produced the fastest jump-off time against six other horse-and-rider combinations. Katie Tyler rode her own Shet Du Thot to second place in the classic, while Madison Goetzmann and her own Prestigious finished in third place.
FROM THE WINNER’S CIRCLE
Brian Moggre – $25,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic winner
On Condero 3:
“I rode [Condero 3] a little bit this winter and started riding him more before Devon. We were fourth in the classic there and he’s won a few grand prix events throughout the year. We took him to Upperville and won the High classic there and were team gold at [the Adequan/FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships]. I love him so much; he’s perfect.”
On Sunday’s peformances:
“I was very, very nervous. I really trust my horse and knew he would do well. I was really hoping for the champion ribbon because he has been great this week. I wanted to go in and give my horse a good round. The course looked technical enough and was big. I walked it a few times to make sure everything looked and felt right. Once I started warming up I knew he was ready to go. I had to decide to do him or my other horse and I am really happy I decided to do him.”
On his plan for the jump-off:
“I was in it to win it. He has such a big step and he’s so good about just marching up there and clearing the jumps. The rest of the course I just needed to be tidy and quick. I knew there was no room for a breath or someone else would just slip right in.”
$25,000 SJHOF High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic:
Place / Horse / Rider / Owner / R1 Faults / Time / R2 Faults / Time
1. Condero 3 / Brian Moggre / DDM Equestrian, LLC / 0 / 71.43 / 0 / 34.04
2. Shet Du Thot / Katie Tyler / Katie Tyler / 0 / 67.16 / 4 / 35.12
3. Prestigious / Madison Goetzmann / Madison Goetzmann / 0 / 73.52 / 4 / 36.07
4. Huckleberry / Coco Fath / Hillside Farm LLC / 0 / 70.47 / 4 / 38.32
5. River Roc / Jamie Walker / Sharon Schmidt / 0 / 74.99 / 4 / 41.59
6. Tizimin LS / Megan McDermott / Megan McDermott / 0 / 69.64 / 8 / 34.10
7. Helene VE / Alexandra Pielet / Co-Pielet, LLC / 4 / 66.43
8. Qantar Des Etisses / Taylor St. Jacques / Taylor St. Jacques / 4 / 67.52
9. Son Quaprice Valette / Oliver Ritter / Oliver Ritter / 4 / 68.96
10. Durosa W / McKayla Langmeier / Linda Langmeier / 4 / 69.87
11. Charlie / Samantha Kasowitz / Fair Play Farm / 4 / 70.38
12. Baloppi / Lacey Gilbertson / Seabrook LLC / 4 / 70.56