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Olympic Winner with Brewster Ties: North Salem Horse Show Venue is 'First Class'

The annual American Gold Cup is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the area and bring millions of dollars of revenue to the local economy.

The renowned equestrian event, the American Gold Cup, is coming to Northern Westchester for the second year in a row. The annual horse show will be held at Old Salem Farm in North Salem. 

It is expected to draw 10,000 visitors, 600 horses and bring $6 million in revenue to the local economy, County Executive Rob Astorino said.

The American Gold Cup, which will be broadcast by NBC, is scheduled to take place from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15. The competition serves as a qualifier for the World Cup finals.

"It's a true honor for the stable and for the owners, the Hakim family, to have the American Gold Cup here," Old Salem Farm's head trainer and American Gold Cup organizer Frank Madden said.

He said the sport of show jumping requires passion and everyone at Old Salem Farm is also passionate about hosting the American Gold Cup.

The iconic equestrian events will also feature two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward, who was born in Mt. Kisco but grew up in North Salem. On his website, Ward mentions a Brewster farm.

"This community not only wants to embrace events like this, but it’s where it belongs,” Ward said. "This venue is first class. We are thrilled to be here."

In 2012, the North American Riders Group voted both Old Salem Farm and the American Gold Cup as among the "Top 25" equestrian shows in North America. The farm recently underwent a $30 million renovation. 

The American Gold Cup has selected the ASPCA and JustWorld International, which helps to provide basic education, nutrition, health, hygiene and vocational programs for children all over the globe, as this year’s charitable partners.

"Many people don't know we were founded to protect horses," said Valerie Angeli, senior director of equine and special projects for the ASPCA, which was founded in 1866.

The American Gold Cup will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network on Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. 

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