Lake Placid, New York - June 27, 2012 - Darragh Kenny of Ireland won the 1.45m Whiteface Mountain Open Jumper Stake on Wednesday at the 43rd annual Lake Placid Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.
Debbie Stephens of Palmetto, FL was the first rider to try the 13-jump first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds and she rode Swagger to a fault-free ride, one of six ultimately turned in. She then rode fault-free again over the seven-jump, jump-off course finishing in 36.508 seconds. Two rides later, Kenny returned to the ring on Sandor De La Pomme and his time of 34.749 seconds moved Stephens out of the lead and proved good enough for the win.
Stephens placed second and Michael Dorman of Jamison, PA finished third with a jump-off time of 38.623 seconds on Seventh Fee.
Other winners on Wednesday included Kaitlin Campbell on Grand Pleasure in the 1.35m Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites Jumper Class; Benjamin Simpkins on Chopin Z in the Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; Charlotte Jacobs on Kachina in the Junior Jumper class; and Luis Larrazabal on G&C Leroy, Darragh Kenny on Winchester and Kenny again on Cyrina Z in the three sections of the 1.30m Saratoga Eagle Jumper Class.
The Lake Placid Horse Show continues through Sunday when it culminates with the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix of Lake Placid. It is followed by the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show, July 3-8, which is highlighted by the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC., on Saturday, July 7. 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.
Upcoming highlights of the 43rd annual Lake Placid Horse Show include:
- Thursday, June 28 – Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; 1.30m WPTZ News Channel 5 Jumper Class; The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper Classes; 1.45m Beacon Hill Horse Transportation Open Jumper Class; 1.40m High Peaks Resort Open Jumper Class, Bainbridge Companies’ Hunter Classes
- Friday, June 29 – 1.35m ADK Flying Svc Jumper Class; Devoucoux Inc. Open Jumper Classic, Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Classes; 1.40m J.Lohr Vineyards & Wines Open Jumper Stake, Ariat Adult Medal Hunter Class, USEF Pony Classes
- Saturday, June 30 – Crowne Plaza Resort North American League (NAL) Adult Amateur Jumper Classics; Adirondack Life Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Sidelines Low Junior Jumper Classic; 1.35m Jamaica Tent class; The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper Classes
- Sunday, July 1 – $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix of Lake Placid, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.; Pepsi Beverages Company Junior Jumper Classic; FarmVet High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Juliam Farm Lead Line Class; C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery Parade of Champions; Price Chopper NAL and WIHS Children’s Jumper Classics; Horse Show Services NAL Adult Amateur Hunter Classics
For those interested in what goes on behind the scenes at the Lake Placid Horse Shows, guided walking tours, sponsored by The Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel and Suites, are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week starting at 11:30 am. The cost is just $1.00 per person. Tours depart from the Lake Placid Horse Show Retail Booth.
The 2012 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Show sponsors include: A Placid Life, Adirondack Flying Service, Adirondack Life, Adirondack Store, Alessandro Albanese, Animal Planet, Anonymous, Arbor Hill Farm (The Boggio Family), Bainbridge Companies, LLC, Beacon Hill Farm, Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc., Cape Air, Carr-Hughes Productions, Casella Waste Management, Jane Forbes Clark, Clifton Park Rental Center, C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery, Inc., Community Bank, N.A., Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Deeridge Farms, Der Dau Custom Made Boots, Devoucoux, Inc, Eastern Hay, Equifit, Inc., FarmVet, Inc., Fox Run, Ltd., Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Hannaford Supermarkets, James Harpel, Hollow Brook Associates, LLC High Peaks Resort, Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC, Horse Show Services, Horse Watch, Intercat, Inc., J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jamaica Tent Company, Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, Juliam Farm, Kistler Buildings, Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites, Meadow Grove Farm, Mirror Lake Inn, Mountain Horse, Bobby & Melissa Murphy, On A Fence Designs, ORDA - Whiteface Mountain, P. F. Farm, Parlanti USA, Pepsi Beverages Company, Price Chopper, Purina Mills, Quiet Hill Farm, ROOST - LP-Essex County Visitors Bureau, Ruthie's Run, Sam Edelman Shoes, Sand Castle Farm, Saratoga Eagle, Lora & Michael Schultz, Sidelines, SmartPak, Storm Ridge Capital, LLC, Stretton Enterprises, Inc., The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, The Cottage Café, The Hooker Family, The Levy Family, The Spa @ The Mirror Lake Inn, The Tack Shelter, The Whiteface Lodge, Time Warner Cable, Town of North Elba Park District, USA Animo, Woodlea Farms, WPTZ News Channel 5 and Y-106.3.
Admission to the horse shows is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free and discounts are offered to groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at the gate. Show your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card and get 50% off.
Posted start orders, live results and video clips of all rounds of horse show competition are available on line at www.ShowNet.biz.
For more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at (518) 523-9625 or visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.
Photo: Darragh Kenny taken earlier this year.