Lake Placid Horse Shows Are Underway
The 2023 Lake Placid Horse Shows (LPHS) Sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC, and Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, began Tuesday. Awarding more than $600,000 in prize money, the shows continue through July 9, highlighted by the $75,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix Presented by Alliant Private Client on Sunday, July 2; the $75,000 Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Presented by Kadley Farms on Saturday, July 8; and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Regional Championship North on Sunday, July 9.
Celebrating 54 years of equestrian tradition, LPHS hosts competitions for riders of all levels and ages ranging from young children on polished ponies, to glistening hunters, to Olympic veterans aboard their grand prix mounts. Competition at the North Elba Showgrounds is held in four spectacular show rings – the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field, the E.R. Mische Jumper Ring, the EquiJet Main Hunter Ring, and the Kovacs Williams Hunter Ring.
Tuesday’s competition featured two sections of the 3’3” Performance Working Hunters. Taking top honors in the A Section of the first round with a score of 88 points was MTM Plus One, owned by Robinson Ridge, LLC, and shown by John French, while the winner of the B Section with a score of 84 points was Con Koronas, owned by Amelia Biase and shown by Winn Alden. In the Handy, the A Section was won with a score of 85 points by Curtius, owned by Abigail Zuckerman and shown by Raven Weinlein, and the B Section was won with a score of 84 points by End Game WS, owned by Sheree Holliday and shown by Vanessa Roman.
A USEF Heritage Competition, the LPHS shows are part of the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Awards Program and feature classes that are part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, North American League (NAL) and Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) series. Week 1 features the JustWorld International Horseless Horse Show on Saturday and the Juliam Farm Leadline Class on Sunday, while Week 2 features the longstanding tradition of the horse show’s highly popular Doggie Costume Contest Sponsored by Man and Beast.
The LPHS also offers superb shopping in the boutique vendor area. Local Adirondack artists, products, clothing and apparel are featured, as well as real estate, photography, a variety of equine-related shops, a booth with official Lake Placid Horse Shows commemorative sportswear and merchandise, and an assortment of dining options with culinary delights. Many special events also take place throughout the horse shows that are entertaining for the whole family.