LAKE PLACID - Ireland's Darragh Kenny and his horse Sandor De La Pomme made it a grand prix sweep in Lake Placid this year, as the pair combined to win Saturday's featured event at the I Love New York Horse Show.
They closed out the 43rd Lake Placid Horse Show by riding to victory in the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix on Sunday, July 1, and repeated the feat Saturday with another win in the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix on the next-to-the-last day of competition at the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show.
Kenny and Sandor De La Pomme were one of four horse-and-rider combinations who turned in clean rides in Saturday's opening round to advance to the jump-off. In one of the closest races in years in Lake Placid, Kenny and his mount went on to triumph by a fraction of a second. They turned in a winning time of 45.685 seconds, which was just a sliver ahead of Candice King and her horse Whistler, who were runner-up in 45.849 seconds.
Darragh Kenny and his horse Sandor De La Pomme, shown competing in the Horseware Ireland Grand Prix on July 1, also triumphed in Saturday’s $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix at the North Elba Show Grounds.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
King, of Wellington, Fla., also took third place aboard Kismet, finishing with the fastest time in the jump-off, 45.284 seconds, but they knocked down a rail to suffer four penalty points. Charlie Jacobs and Leap of Joy also reached the jump-off, where they placed fourth in 46.178 seconds with four faults.
Following the Grand Prix, the Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence was awarded to Kenny as the rider who won the most combined prize money in the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix during the Lake Placid Horse Show and the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix during the I Love New York Horse Show.
Colvin takes hunter derby
Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, Fla. rode Inclusive to victory in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Mills, Sunday morning at the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show. Colvin also placed third on Havana with second place going to Scott Stewart and Declaration, winner of the first Hunter Derby in Lake Placid in 2010.
Thirty-two horses competed in the Hunter Derby, held for the third year in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field at the North Elba Show Grounds. Bobby Murphy designed an Adirondack-themed course incorporating hiking trails, trout fishing, bears, owls, canoes, boats and Adirondack chairs. Riders had the option of choosing either the River Run Handy Trail or the Deeridge Handy Trail.
"Lake Placid is the best place for theme concepts," Murphy said. "We started it last year with the Olympic theme and it's something we wanted to continue this year. People come up here to vacation and have a good time and they're familiar with a lot of what we incorporated into the course.
"Most of our exhibitors have gone trail riding on the River Run down to Mr. Feldman's farm and many go hiking up the mountain trails," Murphy added. "We get great support from the local community in providing the materials for the course, and I really have to thank the crew who worked till 11 Saturday night building it."
In the first round, Colvin and Inclusive, owned by Betsee Parker of Middleburg, Va., topped the field with a score of 189 points from judges Phillip DeVita, Scott Hofstetter, Scott Williamson and Julie Winkle. Standing second with 184 points was Bring It On, owned by North Star and shown by Darragh Kenny of Ireland who won both Grand Prixs during the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows. Stewart and Declaration, owned by Fashion Farm, stood third with 182 while Colvin and Havana, owned by Dwight & Irwin, were fourth with 171.5.
Colvin and Havana topped the second round with 206 points, with Stewart and Declaration posting the second highest score of 200. Colvin and Inclusive scored 194, giving them an overall total of 383 for a one-point edge the over the 382 score of Stewart and Declaration.
"He really was great today and it was so much fun to be able to ride him in the Grand Prix field," said Colvin, who also won the horse show's Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship in the Grand Prix Field on Saturday."It's such a treat to be able to ride in that field. I just love it."
Colvin and Havana totaled 377.5 for the two rounds for a third-place finish with Kenny and Bring It On placing fourth with 356. Schaefer Raposa was fifth with 350 points on Poolside, owned by Southfields Farm.
Six Jumper Classics joined the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday in highlighting closing day action at the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show at the North Elba Show Grounds in Lake Placid.
While the Hunter Derby took center stage in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field, the horse show opened up its two hunter rings into a massive jumping arena for the six Classics.
Emerging victorious in the Classics were: Elizabeth Benson on Warsaw in The Levy Family Low Junior Jumper Classic, Emily Kinch on Victoria in the Y106.3 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Hannah Murrin on Land Dame in the Mirror Lake Inn WIHS Adult Jumper Classic (age 18-40), Randy Levesque on Lyla in the Mirror Lake Inn WIHS Adult Jumper Classic (over 40), Andre Mershad on Opera in the P.F. Farm NAL & WIHS Children's Jumper Classic (age 14 & under) and Maddie Sisco on Ensor in the P.F. Farm NAL & WIHS Children's Jumper Classic (age 15-17).