LAKE PLACID - Competition opened Tuesday at the 2012 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows. The two-week long horse show series, which features the 43rd annual Lake Placid Horse Show from June 26 to July 1 and the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show from July 3 to 8, attracts many of the nation's top riders to the North Elba Show Grounds.
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, 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.
Admission to the horse shows is $2 on weekdays and $5 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 percent off.
For more information, call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 523-9625 or visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.