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Hometown Horsemen Return from National and International Success to Defend Titles at Jump for the Children Nov. 3-8, 2015

September 23, 2015 By: Editor Category: General

Fernando by Anwar Esquivel

Fernando Cardenas Jr. and Quincy Car – photo by Anwar Esquivel

The 2014 Jump for the Children Horse Show saw all three of its major classes—worth $70,000 in prize money—won by hometown favorites. All three of those horsemen will return to defend their titles at the 2015 USEF Premier–rated horse show, which benefits Duke Children’s Hospital.

The 2014 $10,000 Welcome Stake was won by New Hill equine veterinarian Dr. Fernando Cardenas Jr. on his family-bred stallion—and local favorite in his own right—Quincy Car. Longtime Moore County resident Harold Chopping and Camaro, owned by Caroline Russell Howe, won the $10,000 USJHA International Hunter Derby. And Kyle Timm on Apex Equestrian Center’s Platinum won the $50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix.

All three teams have seen big success on the national and international stage since the 2014 show!

Cardenas, Welcome Stake winner, will come to the November show fresh from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, where he represented Colombia. Cardenas and Quincy Car finished 5th with team Colombia in team show jumping and tied for 11th in individual competition. These results qualify him and Quincy Car for the show jumping competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Camaro by Shawn McMillen

Harold Chopping and Camaro – photo by Shawn McMillen

Hunter Derby winner Chopping and Camaro finished 5th out of 64 horses at the $500,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on Sept. 6, 2015, in Saugerties, NY. In the unique competition format, 3 rounds were held over a 3-day period; scores from the first 2 rounds were combined and the top 25 moved on to the third day with a clean slate. Chopping also shows 2 young jumpers that he expects to compete in the Duke Children’s Grand Prix—9-year-old Basje and 7-year-old Contefino 6.

Grand Prix winners, Timm and Platinum, have gone on to their most successful season to date, including a big win at the Tryon (NC) Equestrian Center 1.50m international grand prix in July 2015. But, Timm admits, Platinum’s schedule has been built around defending her Jump for the Children title. He also plans to show several jumpers in the other Jump for the Children jumper’s classes.

It promises to be an exciting and intense week of competition at the Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex in Raleigh, NC. Spectators are welcome, and admission is free except for the grand prix Saturday night. Don’t miss a minute of the fun!

What: USEF Heritage Premier–rated hunter and show jumping competition 
Where: Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex, 4601 Trinity Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
When: Tues.–Sun., Nov. 3–8, 2015, starting at 8:00 a.m. each day

Admission to the show is free, except for the $50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix on Saturday night. Visit www.jumpforthechildren.org for more information on tickets, daily schedules, and more.

Highlights:
$10,000 Welcome Jumper Stake
Thurs. Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor ~ Dover Saddlery
Admission: Free

Duke Children’s Kid Fun and Stick Horse Race
Fri. Nov. 6, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

$10,000 USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) International Hunter Derby
Fri. Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor ~ Dr Betsee Parker & Huntland
Admission: Free

$50,000 Duke Children’s Hospital Grand Prix
   Sat. Nov. 7, 7:45 p.m.
Watch the best riders on the East Coast compete for $50,000 in prize money in international-caliber showing jumping.
   Admission: $10 per person, children under 10 free
Box office opens at 4:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the horse show benefit Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC.

USEF and USPEA Partner to Create International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence

September 16, 2015 By: Editor Category: General

Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani perform their Individual Test at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship & Selection Trial. Photo by Susan Stickle, SusanJStickle.com

Rebecca Hart and Schroeter’s Romani perform their Individual Test at the 2014 USEF Para-Equestrian Dressage National Championship & Selection Trial. Photo by Susan Stickle, SusanJStickle.com

Lexington, Ky. – The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is pleased to announce its partnership with the United States Para-Equestrian Association (USPEA) to establish International Para-Equestrian Dressage Centers of Excellence (COE). COEs will serve as the foundation to attract new athletes to para-equestrian dressage and develop athletes and coaches for competition at the international level, including the Paralympic Games. There are many excellent centers around the U.S. that offer those with disabilities the opportunity to train and compete. The aim of COEs is to give those that want the thrill of international competition a pathway and an opportunity to learn about the sport of para-equestrian dressage. Owners of existing equestrian training facilities interested in growing the para-equestrian dressage sport are encouraged to submit their venue for consideration. Applications for this prestigious designation will be accepted August 21 – November 15, 2015.

Our goal with COEs is to increase the pool and ability of eligible para-equestrian athletes in the United States by enhancing the quality, consistency, and volume of education and training available to develop high-performance athletes for greater success in international competition. The USPEA will be a great asset to us as we go through the selection process and refine the plan for these COEs to succeed. If we want to win medals on the international stage we have to grow the sport in the U.S. and also grow the number of owners and sponsors supporting the sport. There are many enjoying the benefits of riding and we want to reach out to them and show them how, with hard work and dedication, they might be winning medals at future Paralympic and World Equestrian Games,” said Will Connell, USEF Director of Sport.

In order to identify more para-equestrian dressage athletes and coaches, the USEF and USPEA will work together to promote the COE concept to organizations who offer equestrian opportunities to athletes with disabilities. The USEF and USPEA will develop a para-equestrian coaching network and coach certification process across the U.S., as well as sport programs and services.

“Through these efforts we will bring in more athletes and more training centers to the sport. Hopefully those that run dressage centers will realize that para-equestrian dressage and dressage require very similar facilities and coaching support,” said Hope Hand, President of the USPEA.

A selection committee will review each submission and may conduct a site visit or interview with the leading facilities. The designation of the first COEs will be announced no later than January 3, 2016. Further information about COEs, the application, and selection process can be found at www.usef.org or by emailing Laureen Johnson, USEF Director, Para-Equestrian & Vaulting at lkjohnson@usef.org.

Jump for the Children Horse Show benefiting Duke Children’s Hospital

September 14, 2015 By: Editor Category: General

HOMETOWN HORSEMEN RETURN FROM NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS TO DEFEND TITLES AT JUMP FOR THE CHILDREN, NOV. 3–8, 2015

The 2014 Jump for the Children Horse Show saw all three of its major classes—worth $70,000 in prize money—won by hometown favorites. All three of those horsemen will return to defend their titles at the 2015 USEF Premier–rated horse show, which benefits Duke Children’s Hospital.

The 2014 $10,000 Welcome Stake was won by New Hill equine veterinarian Dr. Fernando Cardenas Jr. on his family-bred stallion—and local favorite in his own right—Quincy Car. Longtime Moore County resident Harold Chopping and Camaro, owned by Caroline Russell Howe, won the $10,000 USJHA International Hunter Derby. And Kyle Timm on Apex Equestrian Center’s Platinum won the $50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix.

Kyle Timm

Kyle Timm, photo courtesy of Jump for the Children

All three teams have seen big success on the national and international stage since the 2014 show!

Cardenas, Welcome Stake winner, will come to the November show fresh from the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, where he represented Colombia. Cardenas and Quincy Car finished 5th with team Colombia in team show jumping and tied for 11th in individual competition. These results qualify him and Quincy Car for the show jumping competition at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Hunter Derby winner Chopping and Camaro finished 5th out of 64 horses at the $500,000 Devoucoux Hunter Prix on Sept. 6, 2015, in Saugerties, NY. In the unique competition format, 3 rounds were held over a 3-day period; scores from the first 2 rounds were combined and the top 25 moved on to the third day with a clean slate. Chopping also shows 2 young jumpers that he expects to compete in the Duke Children’s Grand Prix—9-year-old Basje and 7-year-old Contefino 6.

Grand Prix winners, Timm and Platinum, have gone on to their most successful season to date, including a big win at the Tryon (NC) Equestrian Center 1.50m international grand prix in July 2015. But, Timm admits, Platinum’s schedule has been built around defending her Jump for the Children title. He also plans to show several jumpers in the other Jump for the Children jumper’s classes.

It promises to be an exciting and intense week of competition at the Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex in Raleigh, NC. Spectators are welcome, and admission is free except for the grand prix Saturday night. Don’t miss a minute of the fun!

What: USEF Heritage Premier–rated hunter and show jumping competition
Where: Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex, 4601 Trinity Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
When: Tues.–Sun., Nov. 3–8, 2015, starting at 8:00 a.m. each day

Admission to the show is free, except for the $50,000 Duke Children’s Grand Prix on Saturday night. Visit www.jumpforthechildren.org for more information on tickets, daily schedules, and more.

Highlights:
$10,000 Welcome Jumper Stake
Thurs. Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor ~ Dover Saddlery
Admission: Free

Duke Children’s Stick Horse Race
Nov. 6, 6:15 p.m.
Admission: Free

$10,000 USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association) International Hunter Derby
Fri. Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor ~ Dr Betsee Parker & Huntland
Admission: Free

$50,000 Duke Children’s Hospital Grand Prix
Sat. Nov. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Watch the best riders on the East Coast compete for $50,000 in prize money in international-caliber showing jumping.
Admission: $10 per person, children under 10 free
Box office opens at 4:00 p.m.

Proceeds from the horse show benefit Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC.

$215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York Airs Monday Night on NBC Sports Network

September 12, 2015 By: Editor Category: General

North Salem, NY – Sept. 12, 2015 – Those who won’t experience the American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm first hand and see the world’s most accomplished equestrians compete during the $215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York, they will have as second chance to see the exciting event. On Monday, Sept.14 on NBC Sports Network will air the event at 7 p.m. EDT. Fans of show jumping will enjoy this rare U.S. prime time 90-minute broadcast.
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The coveted event is the first of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League and boasts a minimum of $2.4 million prize money across the series featuring the best Jumping athletes from North America and around the world.

All the high flying action will be captured in its entirety for broadcast on NBC Sports Network for the third consecutive year. Set your DVR or tune in Monday at 7 p.m. EST for the full 90-minute expanded broadcast.

Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Kraut and Andretti S.

Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Kraut and Andretti S.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children over 12 years of age. Tickets for seniors are $15.

Wednesday through Friday the American Gold Cup competition is free to the public.

Tickets may be purchased online up to the day before the event, for tickets and for more information please visit www.theamericangoldcup.com or www.stadiumjumping.com

About the American Gold Cup
Held over five days, the American Gold Cup brings together a diverse crowd of elite equestrian athletes, discerning horse owners, excited fans and young hopefuls waiting to catch a glimpse of their idols set amongst a fanfare of family-friendly activities, competitions, shopping, entertainment and celebrity sightings.

In addition to the competition ring, the international show jumping event features high-end shopping located along Old Salem Farm’s boutique row. From top-notch equestrian tack and equipment to fashion, jewelry, antiques, art and much more, the scenic outdoor boutiques offer show-goers the perfect opportunity to get some shopping in while taking a break from the competition action.
Old Salem Farm, located an hour north of New York City, boasts a state-of-the-art stabling facility, an historic pristine grass Grand Prix field and outstanding competition and schooling arenas, all of which are surrounded by one of the world’s most charming and picturesque competition venue settings. For the past four years, the North American Riders Group (NARG) has recognized the Old Salem Farm competitions on their NARG Top 25 List. For more information on Old Salem Farm, including its yearlong competition schedule, prize lists, clinics, boarding, lessons and training, visit www.oldsalemfarm.net.

45th Annual American Gold Cup Fast Facts: 

What:
Featuring the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York

When:
Sept. 9-13, 2015Where:
Old Salem Farm, 190 June Road, North Salem, New York

Highlights:
Thursday, Sept. 10
$35,000 Welcome Class CSI 4* Table A against the clock
Friday, Sept. 11
$85,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York Qualifier Table A with a jump-off
(40 best riders qualify for Sunday’s Grand Prix)
Saturday, Sept. 12
$35,000 Hermès Sellier Speed Derby CSI 4* Article 239 C
$85,000 Fidelity Investments® Classic CSI 4*  Table A with a jump-off
Region 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship
Sunday, Sept. 13
$215,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping New York
Hours:
Wednesday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Friday
Saturday and Sunday Family Entertainment begins at 11 a.m. including pony rides, face painting and shopping on Boutique Row featuring Hermès, Danbury Porsche. Other shops feature custom riding apparel, antiques, jewelry, pet clothing, pet accessories, portrait artists, clothing and home accents.
Tickets:
Weekdays: Admission is free to the public
Saturday and Sunday: Admission is $20 per person, $15 per child 4-12 years and seniors 65+, children 3 and under are free.
Jockey Club VIP Tables:
High-top tables of four or six or tables of eight.
For reservations call
(941) 744-5465 or email info@stadiumjumping.com
Parking:
Available on the grounds and overflow parking with shuttles.Directions:
From Interstate 84 or Interstate 287: Take interstate 684 to exit 8 (Hardscrabble Road), turn right. Old Salem Farm is on the right.

Information:
Before Show – (800) 237-8924
During Show – (914) 669-5610 ext 201
Stable office – (941) 744-5465
Prize List Advertising – (941) 744-5465
Vendor Boutique – Matt Morrissey (941) 915-3457
Website: http://www.theamericangoldcup.com/

Charity Partners:
JustWorld International
http://www.justworldinternational.org/ASPCA
http://www.aspca.org/

Hotels:
Official Hotel of the American Gold Cup
Danbury Crown Plaza
http://www.cpdanbury.com/
(877) 270-1393
Ridgefield, Connecticut
West Lane Inn (203) 438-7323
Brewster, New York 5-10 min
Heidi’s Motel (845) 279-8011
Mount Kisco, New York 5-10 min
Holiday Inn (914) 241-2600
Danbury, Connecticut 10-20 min from grounds
Hilton Gardens (203) 205-2000
Comfort Inn (203) 205-0800
Danbury Plaza (203) 795-0600
Ethan Allen (203) 774-1776
Spring Hill Suites (203) 744-7333
Residence Inn (203) 797-1256