Lake Placid, N.Y. – June 13, 2018 – The Lake Placid Horse Shows have played host to the country’s top horses and riders each summer in July for almost 50 years, attracting trainers and riders looking to participate in world-class hunter, jumper and equitation action while enjoying the breathtaking mountainous backdrop. This year, it was Charlotte Jacobs, who has been coming to the upstate New York show since she was a child, who rose to the occasion and claimed the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship title riding North Star Ventures’ Herodios V.
During the second week of competition, Jacobs and the 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood earned the championship tricolor ribbon in the Amateur-Owner Hunter 3’3″ 18-35 division. The pair was second undersaddle and swept both over-fences rounds on the first day of the division.
“We bought Hero when he was a foal and brought him along. We quickly realized he wasn’t going to be a jumper,” Jacobs explained. “I actually first sat on him when he was 4 years old and he has always been so pleasant to ride. He has such great balance and is really sweet. I started showing him as a 5-year-old and realized he had a lot of potential. After that, we continued to move him up and this year we decided to show him in the 3’3″ Amateur-Owner Hunter division to keep his pre-green. He has been great – he was champion at WEF and now at Lake Placid.”
Horses are a family affair for Jacobs, who shares her passion for equestrian sports with her parents, Lou and Joan Jacobs. Both of them are well-respected riders and operate their business, North Star Ventures, out of East Aurora, New York and Wellington, Florida. Charlotte’s uncle, Charlie Jacobs, is also an avid rider in the grand prix jumper ring and runs his CMJ Sport Horses operation based in Wellington, Florida. Charlotte’s aunt, Katie Jacobs-Robinson, is also a regular face in the Amateur-Owner Hunter division, and rides out of her family’s Deeridge Farms.
Having the opportunity to return to the Lake Placid Horse Shows and earn the Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship title this year was all the more special for Charlotte as she has been attending and competing at the famed show her whole life.
“Being Grand Amateur-Owner Hunter champion here was really great. Lake Placid is a huge family show for us. I’ve been going there ever since I was born,” Jacobs recalled. “I was thinking about it the other day and I think I’ve actually shown in almost every single division at the horse show, which is kind of unheard of.”
It is clear that Jacobs, a recent graduate of the University of Miami, has mastered the balancing act of riding as a serious amateur competitor with her career. She currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts, and travels to horse shows on the weekends.
“It’s definitely not an easy task. Living in Boston and showing up at horse shows and just riding without any practice is not easy, but I think it is something that I have developed over time during college. I had to sort of hop into horse shows and be ready to go. I try to stay fit outside of riding and that really helps me get right to the horse show and start riding without feeling sore the next day.”
Juggling an intense riding schedule with the rest of her personal life was something that Jacobs acclimated to at a young age, and with the support of trainers Max Amaya and Krista Freundlich she is able to maintain her success in the show ring.
During the first week of competition, North Star Ventures rider William Hickey took the reins on Herodios V in the Green Hunter 3’3″ division before Jacobs arrived to ride the second week during the I Love New York Horse Show.
“I came and showed him the second week, so to go there and win both classes the first two classes on the first day was really great,” Jacobs said. “Honestly, he’s pretty simple. Obviously, I have a little bit more of a jumper ride, but I try to remember back to my equitation days and just really keep it all very smooth and not try to mess with his mouth too much. Meanwhile, I try to keep everything connected because he is still a young horse.”
In addition to her success with Herodios V in the hunter ring, Jacobs also laid down solid trips on the grass field with one of her jumpers, Hi-Jack, a 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. The duo had two clear rounds in a competitive Low Amateur-Owner Jumper division.
Jacobs acknowledged that riding a variety of mounts in both the hunter and jumper rings, including young horses, has helped to improve her skills in the saddle.
“I think it’s definitely helped my riding a lot. It’s really making me a tougher and more consistent rider. It is also very humbling because one day your horse will jump a clean round and the next day they can spook at something. Anything can happen with young horses, really. You sort of have to build back up again. It’s been really fun.”
Jacobs is looking forward to continuing her winning ways this summer in the show ring as she adjusts to her life as a successful amateur rider. With the support of her family and her strong passion she shares with them, she will undoubtedly have success no matter which ring or division she tries her hand in.
The success for North Star Ventures also continued in the Young Jumper divisions, where Hickey piloted Hercules, I-Am-Unostar, Ina Ballet Du Rouet and ISA Perina F to clear rounds in the 5 and 6-year-old Young Jumpers.
North Star Ventures of East Aurora LLC represents the top show horses in the country including hunters and jumpers. North Star Ventures of East Aurora LLC is located in East Aurora, New York and shows all over the United States.