“Frosty” Flies to $35,000 Trelawny Farm Welcome Stake CSI4* Win at American Gold Cup
The second day of the American Gold Cup highlighted the $35,000 Trelawny Farm Welcome Stake CSI4* to conclude Thursday’s competition in the Annex Ring at Old Salem Farm. Taking home her second win of the week thus far was the United States’ Kristen Vanderveen, who raced to the top of the leaderboard with Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili.
The speed class tested some of show jumping’s top athletes and horses over course designer Alan Wade’s 12-obstacle course set at 1.45m in height, which saw 23 produce clear efforts. Ninth in the ring out of 72 starters was Olympic veteran Margie Engle aboard Gladewinds Partners LLC’s Dicas. They crossed the finish line in 55.61 seconds to overtake early clear pathfinders and Wednesday’s winners of the $10,000 1.45m Jumper CSI4* class, presented by Morrissey Management Group, Shane Sweetnam and Cyklon 1083.
For the majority of the class, Engle held her lead until Vanderveen entered the ring with Bull Run’s Faustino De Tili, owned by Bull Run Jumpers Six LLC, as 55th in the order. “I actually haven’t been able to show Frosty in a speed [class] lately. It’s where he shines and he loves it. Being a stallion, I think it’s important to keep him happy so I was quite excited coming into it. I had a horse go before him that I’m prepping for the grand prix so it was nice to get in there, go once around and see what everything was like. It gave me the ability to push it a little bit extra on Frosty,” said Vanderveen. “I did see Margie [Engle]’s round—she was brilliant. She did basically the plan that I had walked. My plan was a little bit different than I had walked and I ended up doing a few less strides in a few different places. I think that maybe gave me a little extra edge where I didn’t have to slow down in places that maybe she did.”
Fresh off her win in Wednesday’s $8,000 Danbury Porsche Audi 1.40m Jumper class with Bull Run’s Prince of Peace, Vanderveen piloted “Frosty,” the second of her two mounts in the class, to a blazing fast performance, stopping the timers a full three seconds ahead of Engle’s time in 52.81 seconds to move into the first place position, where she would ultimately stay.
At the end of the day, Engle settled for second place honors, while 18-year-old Madison Goetzmann and Prestigious claimed third place in 56.70 seconds.