Gold in them thar (North Salem) hills

Still burning with Olympic fever? Members of the silver medal-winning American equestrian team will be part of an international field participating in the American Gold Cup, celebrating its fifth anniversary at its current location, Old Salem Farm in North Salem. Fans will have the opportunity to meet some of these competitors at an autograph signing following the final awards ceremony of the main event Sunday, the $216,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping New York.

The Gold Cup – which includes a number of events, featuring amateur and professional riders of all ages – also offers something for the whole family. On Saturday and Sunday, younger fans can enjoy face painting, a petting zoo and pony rides, courtesy of Pied Piper Petting Zoo and Pony Rides. Sunday will also feature such guests as the North Salem Troop #1 Boy Scout troop and Miss New York 2016, Sera Bucaj. Festivities include a live band, a dog act and the JustWorld International Horseless Horse Show, in which enthusiasts can compete on foot over a miniature course of jumps in a variety of different classes. Proceeds from the event benefit children in need around the world.

Plus on Sunday, the Wells Fargo Stagecoach horses and carriage will be on the grounds for an exhibition in the Grand Prix field – a must-see for lovers of all kinds of horse power.
A variety of culinary options will be available throughout the site, including The Clock Tower Grill at Old Salem Farm. This pop-up restaurant will be open Tuesday through Sunday in the upstairs viewing area. Reservations at the Old Salem Farm pop-up restaurant are encouraged and can be made by calling 203-512-1307. New for 2016 at Old Salem Farm is the addition of a second double-decker called the Gold Club. This hospitality tent is open to the public all week and will also include reserved tables with food and beverage service. More information is available by contacting Chelsea Dwinell at

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