Summer in the Adirondacks offers serene mountain vistas and tranquil lakes to visitors, but for two weeks there is also exciting, world-class equestrian competition.
The 44th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows return to the village of Lake Placid, June 25 to July 7, with non-stop equestrian action. The nationally regarded two-week horse show series, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, hosts all levels of competition ranging from young children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic medalists, all competing for over $535,000 in prizes. The shows also offer a wide-range of family-friendly activities, from the perennial favorite Doggie Costume Contest to the Equine Window Decorating Contest, making the whole Village of Lake Placid a part of the shows!
"We work all year long to put together our world-class horse shows with a full schedule of activities," said Richard M. Feldman, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association. "We pride ourselves on making improvements each year to continue to attract the absolute best to Lake Placid. We invite everyone to come see why our horse shows have developed a worldwide reputation for excellence and family fun!"
The 2013 Lake?Placid Horse Shows will run June 25 to July 7 at the North Elba Showgrounds.
(Enterprise file photo — Lou Reuter)
The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows attract the nation's top hunter-jumper horses and riders to the Adirondacks. Horse show competition begins at 8 a.m. each day (except Monday, July 1), and runs in four rings simultaneously.
Highlighting the schedule are the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday afternoon, June 30 and the $100,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon, July 6. Both presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC. These are the pinnacle of show jumping competition and are guaranteed to be action packed events with even bigger prize money this year as the horse shows are offering a $100,000 Grand Prix for the first time ever!
Another highlighted competition is the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Eastern Hay & Grain and Purina Animal Nutrition. This exciting event, held in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field on Sunday, July 7, features jumps that resemble natural obstacles seen in the hunt field with a variety of challenges including stone walls, hedges, logs, banks and ditches.
Returning again is the horse show's vendor area which for decades has featured some of the best shopping in the Adirondacks. The vendor area features a variety of equine related shops, local Adirondack products, artists, clothing and apparel, real estate, photography, and scrumptious food in addition to the official Lake Placid Horse Shows merchandise booth!
Also returning are perennial show favorites such as the annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by Animal Planet, The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, and A Placid Life/Jake Placid Doghouse. The Doggie Costume Contest features a line-up of dogs dressed up in hilarious costumes and is a favorite event of both exhibitors and spectators, all of whom are invited to participate. Contestants have the opportunity to strut their stuff in a special ring set up near the horse show's Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. Awards, including the Lulu Perpetual Trophy for the funniest costume, are presented to the day's "top dogs." Every canine contestant goes home with a bag of treats and every spectator goes home having had a wonderful time.
Another favorite is the horse show's Equestrian Window Decorating Contest, where local Lake Placid businesses compete to see who can decorate their shop window in the best equestrian theme. With many of the village's shops taking part, and some intense competition among past winners, a stroll down Main Street gives everyone a real horse show feel!
"A large part of what makes our horse shows unique are the Village and the people of Lake Placid," said Feldman. "The Window Decorating Contest has become one of our most treasured annual events because of the enthusiasm that many of our local businesses put into it each year. Their themed displays connect visitors and residents to the Lake Placid Horse Shows and help get the whole town into the horse show spirit."
A generous thank you to this year's horse show sponsors including: A Placid Life, Abba Vet Supply, Adirondack Flying Service, Adirondack Life, Animal Planet, Anonymous, Arbor Hill Farm (The Boggio Family), Ariat, Bainbridge Companies, LLC, Beacon Hill Farm (w/ Stonehedge Farm), Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc., Debbie & Jim Burrows, C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery, Inc., Cape Air, Carr-Hughes Productions, Casella Waste Management, Champlain Valley Equipment, Jane Forbes Clark, Clifton Park Rental Center, CMJ Sporthorse, Community Bank NA, Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Deeridge Farms, Der-Dau Custom Made Boots, Devoucoux, Inc., Eastern Hay & Grain, Equifit, Inc., Equine Insurance Services/Great American, FarmVet, Inc., Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Hannaford Supermarkets, James Harpel, High Peaks Resort, Hollow Brook Wealth Management, LLC, Horse Watch, Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC, J Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jamaica Tent Company, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC., Jetway Private Air, Juliam Farm, KJ Robinson, Lake Placid CVB, Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites, Levy Family, Dan & Cynthia Lufkin, Michael Morrissey Enterprises LLC, Mirror Lake Inn / The Cottage Cafe, Mountain Horse, North Star, On A Fence Designs, ORDA - Whiteface Mountain, Parlanti USA, Pepsico, P.F. Farm, Price Chopper, Purina Animal Nutrition, Quiet Hill Farm, Ruthie's Run, Sand Castle Farm, Saratoga Eagle, Michael Schultz, Sea Shore Stables LLC, Sidelines, Dennis Sisco & Alexine Lesko, Storm Ridge Capital, Stretton Enterprises, Inc., The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, The Hooker Family, The Levy Family The Tack Shelter, The Wild Center, Time Warner Cable, Woodlea Farms, WPTZ News Channel 5, and Y-106.3 FM. Special event sponsors include: Hannaford Supermarkets (Horse Club Junior Day); Beval Ltd. (Golf Tournament); Animal Planet, The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, A Placid Life/Jake Placid Doghouse (Doggie Costume Contest); Horse Watch (Short Stirrup Clinics); and Juliam Farm (Lead Line Class).
Admission to the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows is just $2 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate. The horse shows are located at the North Elba Show Grounds, 5514 Cascade Road (Route 73) in Lake Placid, directly across from the ski jumps.
Further information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or online at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.