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What You Need To Know: The 2023 American Gold Cup 

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The 2023 American Gold Cup kicked off on Wednesday at Flintfields Horse Park in Williamsburg, Michigan, marking the final week of competition at the Traverse City Horse Shows. Equestrians from children in braids to Olympic champions have gathered at the 130-acre venue, just outside of Traverse City, Michigan. Five-star competitors are vying for the $480,860 American Gold Cup on Sunday, including Ireland’s Shane Sweetnam, who took the top prize last year. 

It’s also a Major League Show Jumping event, so be ready to cheer on your favorite team on Saturday.

Shane Sweetnam won the 2022 American Gold Cup with James Kann Cruz (pictured). This year, he’ll be back to defend the title with Out Of The Blue SCF. Andrew Ryback Photography Photo

While admission is free during the week, general admission on Saturday and Sunday is $15, and Traverse City Horse Shows donates 100% of its ticket proceeds to nonprofits; this week’s charity is Accelerate The Care, a group devoted to supporting the Alzheimer’s community. At a raffle and classic car show during the American Gold Cup, the charity will be raffling off a 1967 Ford Mustang.

Whether your boots are on the ground at Flintfields, or you’re glued to the livestream at home, there’s plenty of great riding to watch across eight rings. 

When: Sept. 13-17 

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Don’t Miss: 

  • Friday, Sept. 15: $105,00 Cabana Coast Grand Prix Qualifier CSI5*
  • Saturday, Sept. 16: The ASPCA Maclay Region 4 Championship, $56,220 CSI2* Grand Prix, and $295,930 Premier Equestrian MLSJ Team Event CSI5*
  • Sunday, Sept. 17: The $50,000 3’ Non-Pro Traverse City Hunter Derby, $100,000 3’ Pro Traverse City Hunter Derby, and $480,860 American Gold Cup CSI5*

How To Follow Along: Viewers can access the free livestream to watch live coverage. 

Important Links: Rider entries / Show schedule / General admission tickets

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