Ward collects Open Jumper Stake

McLain Ward rides Cerise to victory in Friday’s 1.40m Open Jumper Stake during the I Love New York Horse Show at the North Elba Show Grounds in Lake Placid. (Provided photo — The Book LLC)

LAKE PLACID — Two-time Olympic gold medalist McLain Ward won the $20,000 Deeridge Farms 1.40m Open Jumper Stake Friday at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 49th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows.

Eight of 24 entries reached the jump-off by riding clean over the 12-jump, 15-effort first-round course designed by Michael Vaillancourt. Seven of the eight then went clean over the seven-jump jump-off course with Ward, the 2017 FEI World Cup champion and currently the world’s No. 2-ranked rider, taking home the win with the fastest time of 32.812 seconds aboard Cerise.

Less than two-tenths of a second away from first place was Laura Chapot and Out of Ireland, who won Wednesday’s featured class. They finished with a time of 32.964 seconds.

Kevin Babington, Irish Olympic veteran and winner of last Sunday’s $75,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix, took home third aboard Call Me Ruth with a time of 33.801 seconds followed by Chapot in fourth place aboard Shooting Star with a time of 34.072 seconds.

Earlier Friday morning, Laura Chapot and Umberto, winner of Tuesday’s featured class, took home the win in the $1,500 Milagro Tequila 1.35m Jumper Class. Chapot was one of 13 to go clean in the one-round class and she earned the win by having the fastest time of 52.665 seconds. Second place went to Tom Foley aboard Barney Rubble with a time of 53.399 seconds and Chapot also took third aboard Cybel II with a time of 54.011 seconds.

Laura Chapot and Umberto ride cleanly in the 1.35m Jumper Class event Friday at the North Elba Show Grounds. (Provided photo — The Book LLC)

The I Love New York Horse Show continues today and Sunday at the North Elba Show Grounds. Highlights include the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix on Saturday and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday.

Returning on Saturday for its 25th year is the horse show’s annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by the Lake Placid Lodge. Everyone with a leashed dog in costume is admitted to the horse show free of charge and invited to participate in the contest which is also free. The competition takes place at noon near The Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Prizes are awarded for the best costumes and all contest participants receive free doggie treats.

Admission to the horse show is $5 this weekend. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.

All Lake Placid Horse Show action can be seen live on the Lake Placid Horse Show website at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com. The webcasts, sponsored by ShowNet, include all four rings. The Grand Prix webcasts are presented by Marshall & Sterling.

Additional information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.

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