Written by: FEI
Client: American Gold Cup http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/
Release Date: 2015-03-18
North Salem, NY – March 19, 2015 - - Stadium Jumping, Inc., the organizers of the American Gold Cup, one of North America’s premier show jumping events and NARG’s highest ranked horse show in the United States, announced today that the American Gold Cup has been selected as one of only seven events that will comprise the East Coast division of the all-new Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League.
The 2015 American Gold Cup CSI-W, returns again to the scenic Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. This prestigious show jumping classic is scheduled to run Sept. 9-13, 2015.
The new league was launched in Miami, Florida on Tuesday. The North American League kicks off in August 2015 across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The 14 events that will host legs of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping™ North American League were selected after a rigorous screening process from a long list of 25 applicants. Impressively, 11 of the events featured in the recently published North American Riders Group Top 25 rankings.
We are very excited to be included in this new league,” said Michael Morrissey, the President of Stadium Jumping, Inc. “It’s a great addition to our sport and should create a new level of excitement for show jumping in North America. The American Gold Cup, year after year, is one of the great equestrian events in the country. Being part of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League just adds to the excitement and importance of our event.”
The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping™ North American League will be showcased on a broad range of global platforms, from live TV broadcasts to streaming on digital outlets and mobile, focusing on the drama of equestrian sport with fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary-style coverage.
The North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.
A total of 14 athletes from the new North American league will qualify for next year’s prestigious Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final, which will take place in Gothenburg (SWE) on 23-28 March 2016. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.
Defending American Gold Cup champion Jessica Springsteen, an FEI Solidarity Ambassador, said at Monday’s launch, “We are part of an exceptional sport because we get to rely on a very special partner: the horse”, she said. “Our horses are so much more than an animal. They are hard-working talented athletes with their own personalities. It’s an awesome sport and I’m so excited to share my passion for it with you today.”
Beezie Madden, a two-time Olympic Gold medalist for the United States and the 2013 American Gold Cup champion added, “Longines’ motto is ‘elegance is an attitude.’ It’s true of their core business, but it also rings true for equestrian sport. Our sport is about elegance and the harmony we achieve with our horses is essential to success. Longines is the perfect partner for equestrian sport.”
“The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League is a massive boost to our sport and will dominate the headlines in 2015,” FEI 1st Vice-President and Chair of the FEI Jumping Committee John Madden said. “The new league is a huge opportunity for our athletes to shine on a North American stage and showcase top-level equestrian sport to fans across North America and the world. This league is also ideally suited to wide-ranging global brands that want to reach out to North American and international audiences, drawing very clear affinities with their own visions and values alongside Longines,” he said.
Longines, already title partner of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League and Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping China League is now looking forward to supporting the further growth of Jumping across North America as the official Title Partner and Watch of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. In addition, Longines will also provide a dedicated timekeeping team and data handling service for each of the 14 legs.
“We are proud to be partnering the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League”, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing said. “This association is part of our long-term commitment with the FEI as we are its Top Partner, but also the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League, Chinese League and, as of today, the North American League.”
For tickets to this year’s American Gold Cup please visit www.theamericangoldcup.com. New to the spectator experience, the American Gold Cup ticket platform enables fans to share ticket information through their social media accounts during the check out process to receive 15% off the ticket price. This offer only applies to pre-event ticket sales done online.
Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 years of age and under (children under 3 get in free) and $15 for seniors (over 65) and $15 for members of the United States military.
Wednesday through Friday the American Gold Cup competition is free to the public.
For those that might enjoy the experience of the American Gold Cup in especially grand style, we invite you to book your VIP table in the beautiful Jockey Club as soon as possible. Each year these tables sell quickly, so now is a great time to make your reservation and avoid being shut out.This popular venue allows you to enjoy a full-service, delicious catered gourmet cuisine and your choice of beverages, all with the best view of the Old Salem Farm Grand Prix Ring.
Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League calendar*
Bromont, QC (CAN) - International Bromont
New York, North Salem (USA)
Washington, DC (USA) - Washington International Horse Show
Lexington, KY (USA) – National Horse Show
Toronto, ON (CAN) – Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
Wellington, FL (USA)
Ocala, FL (USA) – Live Oak International
Langley, BC (CAN) – Thunderbird
Rancho Murieta, CA (USA) – Sacramento International Horse Show
Del Mar, CA (USA) – Del Mar International
Calgary, AB (CAN)
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Las Vegas National
Valle de Bravo (MEX)
Thermal, CA (USA) –HITS Thermal