LAKE PLACID-The excitement of the Intercat, Inc. Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows is set to return to the Lake Placid, with the Lake Placid Horse Show running from June 28 through July 3 and the I Love New York Horse Show running from July 5 until July 10.
The shows feature every level of competition from children under 7 competing in the Juliam Farm Lead Line class to Olympic veterans competing in two Grand Prix - the pinnacle of show jumping competition.
Highlighting the two weeks of world-class competition are the $75,000 Mirror Lake Inn Grand Prix of Lake Placid, presented by Intercat, Inc., which returns on Sunday, July 3; and the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, presented by Intercat, Inc., which returns on Saturday, July 9.
These Grand Prix events at the Lake Placid Horse Shows regularly attract many of the nation's top riders such as Olympic veterans Margie Engle, Joe Fargis, Nona Garson, Lisa Jacquin, Anne Kursinski, Peter Leone and Chris Kappler.
Following the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, the Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence is awarded to the rider who has won the most combined prize money in Lake Placid's two Grand Prix.
Also returning is the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay and Purina Mills, on Sunday, July 10, in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. The Derby, which was an instant favorite when it made its debut at last year's horse show, adds a fun and unique spin on traditional hunter classes as Derby participants compete over a course of jumps designed to simulate natural obstacles set in the horse show's large grass Grand Prix field.
In addition to its pristine Grand Prix Field, there are many aspects of the Lake Placid Horse Shows that make them a rider's dream come true. With its first-class horse show facilities, internationally respected management, nearly half a million dollars in prize money and long-standing horse show traditions, the Intercat, Inc. Lake Placid Horse Shows remain among of the nation's most beloved equestrian events. In addition to the non-stop equestrian action, shows also offer a full schedule of family activities, many of which have become popular horse show traditions. Whether you're a family full of horse lovers, or just looking for a fun way to spend a summer afternoon, you are certain to find something you'll love that will keep you and your family coming back year after year.
One such tradition is the 19th annual Horse Club Junior Day sponsored by Animal Planet on Friday, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This day is open to all Pony Clubs, 4H Groups and Riding Clubs and focuses on learning about and having fun with horses in a safe environment. The cost is $5 per participant, chaperones excluded. Lunch is provided for each participant. If chaperones would like to eat lunch as well, please include an extra $4 to cover the cost. Space is limited to 100 participants, so have your group's leader sign up today!
The horse show's top dogs will strut their stuff in a special ring set up near the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field during the 19th annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by The Brown Dog Caf & Wine Bar and A Placid Life/Jake Placid Doghouse on Saturday, July 9 at noon. Awards, including the Lulu Perpetual Trophy for the funniest costume, are presented to the "top dogs." All people with leashed dogs in costume are admitted to the horse show free of charge on this day.
For guests who are interested in what goes on behind the scenes at the Lake Placid Horse Shows, guided walking tours are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week starting at 11:30 am. The cost of the tour is $1.00 per person. Tours depart from the Lake Placid Horse Show Retail Booth.
For more information, visit the horse shows website at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.