Lake Placid, NY - March 25, 2015 - The 46th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables LLC, will once again host three amazing weeks of top horse show competition this summer set against the beautiful backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains. New footing and increased prize money, combined with a world-class venue and perfect weather, made last year's Lake Placid, I Love New York and Adirondack Horse Shows a resounding success.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows debuted two big features last year - a third week of competition, the Adirondack Horse Show, featuring the $100,000 Adirondack Grand Prix, and brand new top-of-the-line footing in all rings. Both major additions received applause from the competitors, including the nation's top riders who regularly include the Lake Placid Horse Shows as a featured stop on their competition calendar.
"The new footing installed last year has settled and will be even better for the three weeks of competition this summer," said Richard M. Feldman, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association. "We're always excited to welcome back our horse show family and we know they will be very happy with our continued improvements."
The nation's best horses and riders compete in four show rings at the Lake Placid Horse Shows. More than 100 classes of competition are featured each week for all levels of riders ranging from young children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic medalists. All three weeks are USEF 'AA' rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers and offer over $750,000 in prize money.
The Lake Placid Horse Show will run June 23-28, highlighted by the $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday, June 28. The I Love New York Horse Show will follow, June 30 - July 5, highlighted by the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Eastern Hay & Grain and Purina Animal Nutrition, on Saturday, July 4, along with the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Prix on Sunday, July 5. The Adirondack Horse Show will conclude show jumping's three-week stay in the Adirondacks, July 7-11, highlighted by the $100,000 Woodlea Farms Adirondack Grand Prix on Friday, July 10. The Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence along with $2,000 will be awarded to the rider who has competed in and accumulated the most money from all three Grand Prix classes.
Whether you are a rider, supporter or spectator, there is something for everyone at the Lake Placid Horse Shows. There are many special events which have become favorite traditions. Coinciding with the start of the horse show is the 28th annual Equestrian Window Decorating Contest. The contest allows Lake Placid Village shop owners to get more involved with the horse show festivities as they embellish their store fronts with equestrian-inspired decorations. A very charming spectacle for everyone walking down Main Street!
The 23rd annual Horse Club Junior Day will take place on Friday, July 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm. This special event invites local Pony Clubbers, 4-H members and riding clubs to participate in a fun-filled day at the horse shows and continues a long-standing tradition of the Lake Placid Horse Shows giving back to the local community. The day includes activities such as a stable tour, course walk, farrier visit, and question-and-answer period. There will also be a raffle, giveaways, and an autograph session with a top Grand Prix rider. The cost to attend the event is $5.00 per participant and is on a first-come first-serve basis.
Lake Placid's traditional 4th of July Parade down Main Street followed by a dazzling fireworks display over Mirror Lake is a truly spectacular event not to be missed! Be sure to have your little rider signed up to ride on the Lake Placid Horse Show float!
The 23rd annual Doggie Costume Contest will take center stage in a special ring near the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field on Sunday, July 5. All people with leashed dogs in costume are admitted to the horse show free of charge, and the contest co-sponsors, Animal Planet and The Brown Dog Café & Wine Bar, will present the awards to this year's "top dogs." All canine contestants even get to take home their own 'doggie bag' filled with special doggie treats!
Some of the best shopping in the Adirondacks can be found in the horse show's 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 merchandise, and a variety of food.
There is a wide array of family activities to choose from in the Lake Placid region, making it the ideal vacation spot for families coming to the horse shows. Outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, boating, cycling, paddling, rock climbing and swimming. There is also a variety of shops and restaurants from which to choose.
Admission to the horse shows is $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekend days. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. For a behind the scenes look at the shows, guided walking tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 AM. The tours groups meet at the LPHS retail booth, and last approximately 1 hour.
Prize List and additional information on the Lake Placid Horse Show Series, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or visit online at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.