North Salem, NY- On Sunday morning, the American Gold Cup at Old Salem Farm commenced with the $25,000 SJHOF Roberto Coin High Junior/Amateur-Owner Classic. Out of a field of 60 entries, only eight were able to jump clear around the Alan Wade-designed course in the Grand Prix Ring.
Tori Colvin was third to go and posted the first clear jump-off round with Cafino, owned by Take The High Road, LLC, in a time of 36.880 seconds. With five left to go, Colvin's time held up against the jump-off competition until Katherine Strauss and All In beat their time as the second to last horse and rider combination to enter the ring in 36.595 seconds, knocking Colvin into second place.
The junior in high school from New York City has owned All In (Ollie) for a year and a half had faith that the 10-year-old bay gelding could pull off the win. "I didn't get to see all of Tori's round," said Strauss. "I know she's an awesome rider; super fast on a fast horse with a big stride. I'm lucky because my horse also has a big stride and enough scope to do this, so I just knew I had to give it my best shot if I wanted to beat her. It was very close time, but I was lucky that it worked out in my favor.
Strauss switches between riding equitation, with Stacia Madden at Beacon Hill Show Stables, and jumpers with Beezie and John Madden where she also keeps Ollie at their farm in Cazenovia, New York. "Ollie's an awesome horse," said Strauss. "I'm so lucky to have him. He really performs great at venues like this because in a big field you can really get a good gallop. He has a huge stride and enough scope to cover for me if I really want to leave one out. We had a really great summer, so I felt confident coming here and starting off the fall season on a good foot.
"John and Beezie are the best of the best at jumpers," added Strauss. "I feel so fortunate to get to work with them. Stacia and the team at Beacon Hill have had lots of success in the equitation ring, so I just really wanted to focus on each one."
At the end of the day, Stadium Jumping's Michael Morrissey concluded, "I don't know how you could get a more picturesque, a more beautiful facility then Old Salem Farm. This is the American Gold Cup's home."
For further information on the 2015 American Gold Cup visit www.theamericangoldcup.com. To watch a broadcast of Sunday's competition tune in to NBC Monday, September 14 at 7 p.m. EST.