Get Ready for Even More Prize Money at 50th American Gold Cup Thanks to FEI Class Addition

Traverse City, Mich. – Aug. 6, 2020 – Traverse City Horse Shows is pleased to report that a new FEI class has been added to the schedule for the American Gold Cup, presented by CaptiveOne Advisors LLC, thanks to the incredible support of exhibitors eager for the event. Instead of the $1,000 1.40m CSI2* class Saturday, Sept. 5, the management team has decided to up the ante by replacing it with the $36,600 Speed Classic CSI2* on Thursday, Sept. 3, in order to offer jumper riders yet another shot at ample prize money, pending FEI approval.

Three back-to-back weeks of fall dates will begin at Flintfields Horse Park with the Traverse City Fall Horse Show, presented by Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, from Aug. 26 – 30. Celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary, the American Gold Cup will be hosted over two weeks for the first time ever, with the initial CSI2* week featuring the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament (SOJT), presented by The Davis McCullough Foundation. Now in its 9th year, the SOJT has been recognized by the North American Riders Group many times as one of the country’s finest jumper shows. The second week of the competition, boasting a CSI4* distinction, will take place Sept. 9 – 13, concluding 11 weeks of equestrian action in Traverse City.

Riders will have a shot at more prize money thanks to the new Thursday class.
The highlight events for the Sept. 2 – 6 week of the American Gold Cup, featuring the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament, will now include:


  • CSI2* rating
  • AA rated Hunters, Level 6 Jumpers and Equitation
  • $25,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby
  • $36,600 Speed Classic CSI2*
  • $36,600 SOJT Welcome Stake CSI2*, presented by GGT Footing
  • $75,000 SOJT Grand Prix CSI2*, presented by Agero
  • $25,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby


Jumper riders of all levels that are not competing in FEI contests will still have plenty of opportunities to collect prize money in classes such as the $15,000 SJHF High Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic, $10,000 Medium Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, $5,000 1.25m Kevin Babington Benefit Classic presented by Tequestrian Farm, $2,500 East Wind Farms Children’s Jumper Classic, and many more. Over the course of all three fall weeks, more than $700,000 will be up for grabs in the FEI jumpers while $230,000 will be available in the National jumpers.


Individuals interested in VIP tables can now reserve their spot in the elegant VIP space that offers premier viewing of both the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel International Ring and the Jumper Annex. VIP Club members can expect a private, socially-distanced table of six seats, as well as breakfast, lunch and drinks every day of the show, Wednesday to Sunday.A popular summer destination for equestrians and non-equestrians alike, Traverse City lodging and accommodations are expected to be reserved quickly. Make sure to book housing early to ensure you get your perfect lodging!

Flintfields Horse Park will host three weeks of fall dates.
The team at Traverse City Horse Shows (TCHS) has proudly partnered with Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, the Official Resort and Fun Partners, as well as Traverse City Tourism to make your visit to north Michigan as enjoyable as possible. Both the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and Turtle Creek Hotel & Casino are conveniently located just a few miles from Flintfields Horse Park, making for an easy commute to and from the horse show.


TCHS also works with a number of Community Partner Hotels, listed below, in order to expand options for visitors. Each of the hotels is offering a special rate using code “AGC” for the fall season. Please call each hotel directly to make reservations.


The Traverse City Tourism team is available to help both individuals and large groups. For individual accommodations, please visit For large group accommodations of six guests or more, please call or email Sarah Barnard with Traverse City Tourism at 231-995-3912 or .
For exhibitors planning a lengthier stay, home rentals are an ideal and cost-effective option for visiting the Traverse City area. Winterwood Property Management (WPM) is the official home rental agency for TCHS and can take care of you. If you are an exhibitor looking for a home away from home, allow WPM to make the most of your visit to the area by finding the perfect rental for your needs. Please call Stephen or Tiffany at Winterwood Property Management at (231) 342-4686 or email to learn more.
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