Fall classic

A winning horse, ready for a victory gallop. Courtesy The Book LLC.

The American Gold Cup returns to Old Salem Farm in North Salem this month but with new, later dates and a new VIP club sponsor.

The event will take place Sept. 26 through 30, culminating with the $204,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping New York CSI4*-W on Sept. 30, in which riders, fresh from the FEI World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina, will compete for the Gold Cup. The 2018 iteration will also include the Hermès Sellier Cup and the Fidelity Investments Classic CSI4* on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The Gold Cup — which is one of seven events that make up the East Coast division of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League — returns to its regular mid-September schedule in 2019.

This year’s Gold Cup will also mark the debut of the Taylor Harris Club in the double-decker VIP hospitality tent. The club, which bowed at the National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky, has been a fixture on the equestrian hospitality scene since its founding in 2011. It’s presented by Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS), a longtime provider of equine insurance and supporter of the Gold Cup.

Says THIS President and Director Michael Taylor:  “I love this show-jumping event. It is in a prime location, is extremely well-run by the team at Morrissey Management Group and continues to hold a standard for prestige in the sport horse industry.”

The club won’t be all eats and bevies. On Sept. 28, there will be a special display by Hattie Banks, whose fine jewelry includes a small white- and black-diamond horseshoe-shaped pendant necklace. The company will also be sponsoring the Leading Lady Rider, with the winner receiving a piece of jewelry. Hermès returns with its vendor space in the bottom half of the double-decker tent. And Michell-Innes & Nash — a contemporary art gallery with two locations in Manhattan —will feature artwork in the Taylor Harris Club as well.

Other vendors that you will encounter while strolling Boutique Row include Heritage AKKA Legacy, an equestrian store for women; Exceptional Equestrian, offering more women’s fashion; Fab Finds by Sarah; Hunt Ltd., founded by longtime fashion industry insider and amateur rider Gretchen Hunt, who grew up in Fairfield County; Lascaux Equestrian; and Wild Horses, a clothing and accessories boutique.

Local vendors include Daigle & Travers Insurance and Vincent & Whittemore Real Estate, which handles many equestrian properties.

As always there will be family fun with face painting, pony rides and a Kids’ Corner by publisher Macaroni Kid.

Among the nonequestrian sponsors are Longines, the Swiss watch manufacturer, which has a long history of equestrian timekeeping; Audi Danbury; Danbury Porsche; NetJets, a private business jets company; and Douglas Elliman, the national real estate firm.

For more, visit theamericangoldcup.com.

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