McArdle & Shulman Top Opening Day of American Gold Cup CSI4*-W

USA’s Abigail McArdle and Chuck Berry 8. ph: The Book LLC

The 47th installment of the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W kicked off on Wednesday, September, 13, 2017 at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY. In the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.40m Jumper CSI4*, USA’s Abigail McArdle and the ten-year-old Hanoverian gelding Chuck Berry 8 (Chacco-Blue x Watzmann) bested a field of 78 international horse and rider combinations to claim the first FEI win of the week.

On the course designed by Ireland’s Alan Wade, USA’s Amber Harte and the nine-year-old Holsteiner mare Austria 2 held the lead for the majority of the one-round speed class with time of 58.80s.

McArdle and Chuck Berry 8, who recently won the $40,000 Great Lakes Classic CSI3* at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival in August, tackled the course as the 52nd pair in the order-of-go, taking over the top spot on the leaderboard with a time of 57.43s.

“We got [Chuck Berry 8] towards the end of [The Winter Equestrian Festival] in Florida from Germany. I’ve seen a huge change in him from Florida,” said McArdle. “I think our breakthrough was at Upperville and we’ve just been going up and up since then. I planned to go out there and win it today and he really executed that perfectly for me. He’s very quirky, but we love him to death. He’s beautiful on the ground but he’s hot. He has a lot of personality so that’s been really fun to get to know. In Germany, he was so hot they said they never rode him on the flat, they just lunged him and then he would go in the ring. When we got him there was a lot to work on. He wasn’t used to having someone on his back working him every day. Now he’s really stepping up his game.”

Harte, who finished in an eventual 2nd place with Austria 2, had one more chance to reclaim the lead with her second mount Cafino. The pair stopped the timers in 58.97s, with Harte closing out the podium placings with both a 2nd and 3rd place finish.

The full results can be viewed here.

Sydney Shulman Finishes 1st & 3rd in $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Jumper

Sydney Shulman & Villamoura at the 2017 American Gold Cup CSI4*-W. ph: The Book LLC

Preceding the $8,000 Douglas Elliman 1.40m Jumper CSI4*, USA’s Sydney Shulman captured two of the three podium placings in the $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Jumpers at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W.

Fifty-nine athletes competed on the course designed by Ireland’s Alan Wade, with 14 moving on to the shortened jump off track. Shulman first entered the ring aboard the 9-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding Curby Du Seigneur ( Dore van t Zorgvliet x Ogano Sitte), gaining the initial lead with a speedy time of 29.667s.

USA’s Jimmy Torano soon followed with the 14-year-old Zangersheide gelding Sans Soucis Z, overtaking the lead with a time of 29.596s. Shulman outdid both herself and Torano by producing the leading time of the competition with the 8-year-old Selle Francais mare Villamoura (Diamant De Semilly x Kasina), finishing in 1st with a time of 28.269s. The duo most recently found success at the Kentucky Summer Horse Show series in the 1.35m and 1.40m divisions, where she also won the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic with Curby du Seigneur.

Torano and Sans Soucis finished in 2nd place.

Thursday’s competition at the American Gold Cup will highlight the $35,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake CSI4* on the Grand Prix Field at 2 p.m

For the full results, visit this link.

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