Throughout the year, winners of the divisions at Gold Cup events receive a trailer-load of prizes including: a box of Adequan, $500 in cash, Mountain Horse SCS3 boots, two tubes of UlcerGard, two pairs of Nunn Finer American Style boots, a three-month supply of Wellpride, two bags of Nutrena feed, Back on Track pillow wraps and polo wraps. Second place finishers win Nunn Finer brushing boots and a Back on Track saddle pad, and third place also takes home Nunn Finer brushing boots and a Back on Track pillow wraps. Not to be left empty-handed, fourth place finishers get a Back on Track saddle pad for their efforts. The only difference in prizes is that the Intermediate division receives a Mountain Horse Cirrus jacket instead of Mountain Horse boots.
Both winners were delighted with the wonderful prizes from our generous sponsors. “Oh my gosh, all the prizes are amazing! Adequan is awesome and SUCCEED is a really great product, too,” said Brannigan.
Smith was amazed at the wonderful prizes offered to the winners, and was especially thankful because she uses many of these products on a daily basis with her horse.
“I can't stress enough how grateful I am to all of the wonderful sponsors of the Gold Cup Series, whose products and services have helped to really build this Series and create a ‘race for the Cup.’ I have been using Adequan for years and can always use more of it! I also have only used Nutrena products in terms of graining my horse, so receiving rewards from Nutrena is definitely appreciated, as is Ulcergard, which Corky is a large fan of. As a competitor, you need prizes like these to be competitive, and the Series is that much more special when its sponsors are so generous. I plan to use these products and the prize money to offset the costs of competing on the East Coast, and I hope to get back there next year with the financial help of the Series.”
It came down to the very last event (Twin Rivers) to see who would be crowned Advanced Gold Cup winner, and though Smith won the overall Series, Allison Springer and her talented Irish Sport Horse Arthur came in second place with 495 points. Springer, of Marshall, Virginia, had a great season aboard this talented young gelding, placing 3rd at both the CIC3*W at Red Hills in March and The Fork in April. She then went on to compete at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (not a Gold Cup event!), and earned more Gold Cup points for her second place finish at Maui Jim CIC3* this summer. Springer took the rest of the summer to gain international experience, heading to Europe to compete at Blenheim Horse Trials, which were unfortunately rained out after dressage. She also competed against some of the top riders in the world at the World Cup Finals in Deauville, France in September.
Jennie Brannigan ran away with the lead early on in the season in the Intermediate Gold Cup division, but another West Coaster claimed the Reserve Championship title – Julie Ann Boyer of Agua Dulce, California and her mare Rumor Hazit, who earned 275 points. Boyer, a full time police officer in Los Angeles, has come a long way with her talented mare earning top placings at nearly every event they entered this year. They earned Gold Cup points for a second place finish at Galway Downs CIC2* in March and their win at Twin Rivers CIC2* in September.
This December, at the 2008 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention in New Orleans, LA, a grand prize Gold Cup trophy and an additional supply of Adequan will be awarded to the rider from each division with the most points at the end of the year. In addition, the Gold Cup champion at the Advanced level receives a check from the USEA for $6,000 along with a $2,000 gift certificate from World Equestrian Brands and the Intermediate champion receives a check for $4,000 along with a $1,000 gift certificate from World Equestrian Brands. The second placed rider at Advanced wins a $3,500 Bit of Britain gift certificate and their Intermediate counterpart wins a $2,500 Bit of Britain gift certificate.
The Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series is made possible through the support of its many sponsors: Title: Adequan; Legacy: Nunn Finer, Nutrena, and World Equestrian Brands; Contributing: Cover-All, UlcerGard, and Wellpride; and Patron: Back on Track, Broadstone Equine Insurance Agency, Mountain Horse, and Succeed.
For more information on the Gold Cup Series or USEA sponsorship, contact Project Manager and Director of Sponsor Sales Jan Zwak at email@example.com.