Lake Placid, New York—June 26, 2012— Competition opened Tuesday at the 2012 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC. The two-week long horse show series, which features the 43rd annual Lake Placid Horse Show, June 26 – July 1, and the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show, July 3 -8, attracts many of the nation's top riders to its North Elba Showgrounds. Once again, Olympic veterans, past Lake Placid Grand Prix champions and international show jumping stars headline the shows’ entries.
Among those entered to compete are Olympic veterans Nona Garson, Anne Kursinski and Margie Engle and past Lake Placid Grand Prix Champions Laura Chapot, Charlie Jacobs, Darragh Kenny, Mark Leone, Todd Minikus and Jimmy Torano, as well as other top show jumping stars such as Georgina Bloomberg, Candice King and Callan Solem.
Highlighting the horse shows is the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday, July 1, and the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC., on Saturday, July 7. Following the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, the Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence is awarded to the rider who has won the most combined prize money in Lake Placid’s two Grand Prix.
"The Lake Placid Horse Shows have a proud history of hosting Olympic veterans and many of the nation's best riders," said Richard M. Feldman, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association. "Once again, we welcome all our riders to Lake Placid, and hope that everybody will join us for what is guaranteed to be the two best weeks of a horseman’s summer!"
Returning again this year is the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay and Purina Mills, on Sunday, July 8, in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. The Derby adds a fun and unique spin on traditional hunter classes as Derby participants compete over a course of jumps designed to simulate natural obstacles set in the horse show's large grass Grand Prix field.
Competition highlights for the 43rd annual Lake Placid Horse Show include:
Tuesday, June 26 – Opening Day; Hunter Warm-Up Classes; Pre-Green Working Hunter Classes; Schooling Jumper Classes; Window Decorating Contest Begins
Wednesday, June 27 – 1.35m Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites Jumper Class; Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; 1.45m Whiteface Mountain Open Jumper Stake; 1.30m Saratoga Eagle Jumper Class, Bainbridge Companies’ Hunter Classes
Thursday, June 28 – Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; 1.30m WPTZ News Channel 5 Jumper Class; The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper Classes; 1.45m Beacon Hill Horse Transportation Open Jumper Class; 1.40m High Peaks Resort Open Jumper Class, Bainbridge Companies’ Hunter Classes
Friday, June 29 – 1.35m ADK Flying Svc Jumper Class; Devoucoux Inc. Open Jumper Classic, Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Classes; 1.40m J.Lohr Vineyards & Wines Open Jumper Stake, Ariat Adult Medal Hunter Class, USEF Pony Classes
Saturday, June 30 – Crowne Plaza Resort North American League (NAL) Adult Amateur Jumper Classics; Adirondack Life Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Sidelines Low Junior Jumper Classic; 1.35m Jamaica Tent class; The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper Classes
Sunday, July 1 – $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix of Lake Placid, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.; Pepsi Beverages Company Junior Jumper Classic; FarmVet High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Juliam Farm Lead Line Class; C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery Parade of Champions; Price Chopper NAL and WIHS Children’s Jumper Classics; Horse Show Services NAL Adult Amateur Hunter Classics
Competition highlights for 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show include:
Tuesday, July 3 – Hunter Warm-Up Classes; Pre-Green Working Hunter Classes; Schooling Jumper Classes
Wednesday, July 4 – 1.35m Janney Montgomery Scott LLC Jumper Class; 1.45m Lake Placid CVB Open Stake; 1.30m WPTZ News Channel 5 Class; The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper Classes; Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class
Thursday, July 5 – 1.40m J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Open Speed Stake; USA ANIMO Open Jumper Classic; The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper Class; 1.35m Lake Placid Lodge Jumper Class; Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class
Friday, July 6 – 1.45 Hollow Brook Associates, LLC. Open Jumper Class; Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; 1.35m Jamaica Tent Jumper Class; The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper Class, Ariat Adult Medal Hunter Class
Saturday, July 7 - $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC., Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort Junior Jumper Classic; Champlain Valley Equipment Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; Woodlea Farms Parade of Champions; Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship; 1.30m Saratoga Eagle Jumper Class; 20th Annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by The Brown Dog Café & Wine Bar, the Foster Family, A Placid Life/Jake Placid Doghouse and Animal Planet
Sunday, July 8 –$15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Mills; The Levy Family Low Junior Jumper Classic; Mirror Lake Inn WIHS Adult Jumper Classics; P.F. Farm NAL & WIHS Children’s Jumper Classics; Y106.3 Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic
For those interested in what goes on behind the scenes at the Lake Placid Horse Shows, guided walking tours, sponsored by The Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel and Suites, are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week starting at 11:30 am. The cost is just $1.00 per person. Tours depart from the Lake Placid Horse Show Retail Booth.
The 2012 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Show sponsors include: A Placid Life, Adirondack Flying Service, Adirondack Life, Adirondack Store, Alessandro Albanese, Animal Planet, Anonymous, Arbor Hill Farm (The Boggio Family), Bainbridge Companies, LLC, Beacon Hill Farm, Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc., Cape Air, Carr-Hughes Productions, Casella Waste Management, Jane Forbes Clark, Clifton Park Rental Center, C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery, Inc., Community Bank, N.A., Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Deeridge Farms, Der Dau Custom Made Boots, Devoucoux, Inc, Eastern Hay, Equifit, Inc., FarmVet, Inc., Fox Run, Ltd., Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Hannaford Supermarkets, James Harpel, Hollow Brook Associates, LLC High Peaks Resort, Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC, Horse Show Services, Horse Watch, Intercat, Inc., J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jamaica Tent Company, Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, Juliam Farm, Kistler Buildings, Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites, Meadow Grove Farm, Mirror Lake Inn, Mountain Horse, Bobby & Melissa Murphy, On A Fence Designs, ORDA - Whiteface Mountain, P. F. Farm, Parlanti USA, Pepsi Beverages Company, Price Chopper, Purina Mills, Quiet Hill Farm, ROOST - LP-Essex County Visitors Bureau, Ruthie's Run, Sam Edelman Shoes, Sand Castle Farm, Saratoga Eagle, Lora & Michael Schultz, Sea Shore Stables, LLC., Sidelines, SmartPak, Storm Ridge Capital, LLC, Stretton Enterprises, Inc., The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, The Cottage Café, The Hooker Family, The Levy Family, The Spa @ The Mirror Lake Inn, The Tack Shelter, The Whiteface Lodge, Time Warner Cable, Town of North Elba Park District, USA Animo, Woodlea Farms, WPTZ News Channel 5 and Y-106.3.
Admission to the horse shows is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free and discounts are offered to groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at the gate. Show your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card and get 50% off.
For more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at (518) 523-9625 or visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.