50th running of the Lake Placid Horse Show under way

Mikayla Sancho rides Balouvelvet over a jump Tuesday on the opening day of the Lake Placid Horse Show at the North Elba Show Grounds. (Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

LAKE PLACID — Celebrating 50 years of show jumping in Lake Placid, the 2019 Lake Placid Horse Shows opened Tuesday with a limited schedule of hunter and jumper competition at the North Elba Show Grounds. The Lake Placid Horse Show runs through Sunday and is followed by the I Love New York Horse Show, July 2-7.

The US Equestrian Federation has designated the Lake Placid Horse Shows as a “USEF Heritage Competition,” an honor reserved for an elite group of exceptional shows.

Offering $560,000 prize money, the Lake Placid Horse Shows feature four show rings with more than 100 classes of competition each week. Action begins at 8 a.m. daily and runs until approximately 5 p.m. Each show is USEF Premier rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers.

Admission to the horse show is $2 on weekdays and $5 on weekend days. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are offered for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available for purchase at the entrance gate. It is not necessary to purchase tickets in advance. There is ample general seating available.

Behind the scenes, guided walking tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. The tour groups meet at the Lake Placid Horse Shows retail booth, and tours last approximately one hour.

The first week’s highlights include:

Wednesday, June 26

$1,500 Lake Placid Lodge 1.30m Jumper Class; $2,000 Adirondack Life 1.35m Jumper Class; $5,000 NBC 5 1.40m Jumper Class; WIHS Equitation Jumper Phase; WIHS Equitation Hunter Phase; Platinum Performance Show Jumping Talent Search 3*; the National PHA Equitation Class; Various Hunter & Jumper Classes

Thursday, June 27

$2,000 Hampton Inn 1.35m Jumper Class; NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay; Dover USEF Hunter Seat Medal; NCEA Junior Hunt Seat Medal; Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3″ Medal; Various Hunter & Jumper Classes

Friday, June 28

$2,000 Pepsi Beverages Co. 1.35m Jumper Class; $5,000 Dartbrook Rustic Goods 1.40m Jumper Class; $30,000 Voltaire Design Jumper Classic (2 p.m.); USEF Adult Equitation; Ariat Adult Medal; Marshall & Sterling U.S. Pony Medal – Small, Medium, Large; Various Hunter & Jumper Classes

Saturday, June 29

$20,000 CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Open Stake; $7,500 High Peaks Resort Low Junior Jumper Classic; $7,500 Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; $5,000 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Adult Amateur Jumper Classic; THIS National Children’s Medal; $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby presented by Lukens Horse Transportation; WIHS Pony Equitation; Various Hunter & Jumper Classes

Sunday, June 30

$5,000 The Wild Center Children’s Jumper Classic; $10,000 Mirror Lake Inn Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Juliam Farm Lead Line Class (1 p.m.); Saratoga Horseworks Parade of Champions (1:30 p.m.); $100,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix (2 p.m.); $1,000 MMG Adult Amateur Hunter Classic; $1,000 MMG Children’s Hunter Classic; Various Hunter, Jumper, & Equitation Classes

Additional information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows, Sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC, and Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or by visiting www.lakeplacidhorseshows.com.