The 44th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows returned to the village of Lake Placid June 25 and provide non-stop equestrian action until Tuesday, July 7. 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 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.
Admission to the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows is $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.