Could the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final come to the United States in 2015? Organizers of the American Gold Cup hope so. Officials at Stadium Jumping, Inc., the company that runs the American Gold Cup, have submitted a bid to the Fédération Equestre Internationale to host the Nations Cup Final next year.
“Our primary goal is to create and promote the best show jumping events the U.S. has to offer,” said Alan Bietsch of Old Salem Farm, where the American Gold Cup has been held for two years. “The Nations Cup Final offers the best competition in the world, and we would like to host the best. It is an opportunity to showcase what U.S. show jumping events have to offer and the caliber of venue that Old Salem Farm is.”
The American Gold Cup, scheduled for Sept. 10-14 this year, hosts a $200,000 World Cup qualifier at the Old Salem Farm venue in North Salem, N.Y. The historic and prestigious American Gold Cup started in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1970 and was held in Tampa, Fla., Devon, Pa., and Cleveland before moving to Old Salem in 2012. The inaugural edition of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final was held in Sept. 2013 at the Ral Club de Polo in Barcelona, Spain, and that location was selected for this year’s Final as well.
“The experience and knowledge of the Stadium Jumping management team paired with the exceptional venue of Old Salem Farm creates a perfect situation and a unique opportunity to produce an event of the highest caliber and a championship in the United States,” said Bietsch.”It is our hope to show the world how great show jumping events in the U.S. can be and potentially open the door for hosting more competitors, teams, and future championships in the United States.
The FEI will announce the allocation of the 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final in June at their spring bureau meeting.