NY venue in bid for Nations Cup Jumping finals

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New York’s Old Salem Farm equestrian venue has announced its bid to host both the 2017 and 2018 FEI Nations Cup Jumping Finals.

The 2014-2015 Nations Cup Jumping Final will be held in Barcelona, Spain, this coming fall. This global event is the pinnacle of annual team show jumping competition, where countries compete under their nation’s flag for top honors.

“The FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final presents the world’s best in international team competition. We are confident that Old Salem Farm offers a home suitable for that caliber of competition,” said Alan Bietsch, Old Salem Farm Manager.

Old Salem Farm, based in Westchester County’s North Salem, New York, currently also hosts the $200,000 Longines FEI World Cup New York, part of the recently created Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League starting this season.

“The more attention we draw to North American venues, events and talent, the stronger our sport will become both in this country and abroad. Old Salem Farm is ready to help make that happen and looks forward to the positive impact an event like this Final will bring to our community,” Bietsch said,

The historic FEI Nations Cup Jumping series was given a new, more global format in 2013 after a four-year sponsorship deal led it to be renamed the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping series. Under the new rules, the world has been divided into six regions for the purpose of qualifying teams for a world Final. The six regions are Europe (Divisions 1 and 2), North and Central America & Caribbean, South America, Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

Leading US showjumper Beezie Madden in action at Old Salem Farm.
Leading US showjumper Beezie Madden in action at Old Salem Farm.

The FEI Nations Cup Final would bring 18 nations from around the world, adding to the already existing prestige of Old Salem Farm and bolster significant economic impact for Westchester County and surrounding areas.

Old Salem Farm will host the new Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League, which was announced earlier this month, with the Longines FEI World Cup New York one of the first qualifying events during The American Gold Cup on September 13.

“This is an exciting time for American Show Jumping, and we have always prided ourselves in being at the heart of the sport in this country,” Bietsch said. “Joining the Longines FEI World Cup North American League alongside other impressive US venues is an honor that we are eager to embrace.”

This May, Old Salem Farm will host their annual two-week Spring Horse Shows, which boast more than 130 hunter and jumper classes each week and awards nearly $500,000 in prize money. The 2015 series will kick off May 3 with the Welcome Horse Show and Day, then continue with horse show competition on May 5-17, bringing together top competitors, including Olympic show jumpers, from all corners of North America and beyond.

Old Salem Farm is located an hour north of New York City, and was rated one of the best equestrian competition venues in North America by the North American Riders Group in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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