Lake Placid Horse Shows Begin Week 2
Hunters Kick Off I Love New York Horse Show
The I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 2023 Lake Placid Horse Shows (LPHS) Sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC, and Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, began Tuesday with Hunter competition. Awarding more than $600,000 in prize money, the show continues through July 9 highlighted by 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 3’3” Green Hunters. Taking top honors in the first class was Play Boy RAA, owned by Andee Holland and shown by Jimmy Torano, winner of Sunday’s $75,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix Presented by Alliant Private Client. Placing second was Royale AM, owned by Katie Robinson and shown by John French. The two horses reversed places in the second class with French and Royale AM taking first and Torano and Play Boy RAA placing second.
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 2 features the longstanding tradition of the horse show’s highly popular Doggie Costume Contest Sponsored by Man and Beast on Saturday at noon.
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.
There are endless activities to do away from the horse show while in the Lake Placid region, making it the ideal vacation spot for families coming to the horse shows. Outdoor activities include kayaking, tubing, hiking, fishing, boating, cycling, paddling, rock climbing, swimming, golf and so much more. The quaint town of Lake Placid also has a great variety of shops and a plethora of restaurants. The Fourth of July celebrations are famous in Lake Placid with a parade down Main Street followed by electrifying fireworks over Mirror Lake.