Lake Placid, NY --. Olympic veteran Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL rode Reggae to victory in the Swedish Hill Winery Speed Stake Thursday at the 24th annual I Love New York Horse Show. Engle, who gained her 101st Grandprix win Wednesday in the $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid, was the eighth of 25 entries to try the 12-jump, one-round course at the North Elba Show Grounds. She took the lead in the North American League (NAL) series event by finishing without penalty in 64.123 seconds. None of the 17 remaining entries could match her time with the closest challenge coming from the day's final entry, Sarah Willeman of Hamilton, MA. Willeman also completed the course fault free and her time of 70.004 seconds was good for second place.
The I Love New York Horse Show runs through Sunday. The main event will be Saturday when it hosts the $50,000 Supracor I Love New York Grandprix, a member event of the American Grandprix Association national series. That competition will feature many of the same horses and riders that competed in the $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid. The Supracor Grandprix is slated to start at 2:00 p.m.
Earlier in the day will be the $20,000 Mirror Lake Inn/Pin Oak Farm Amateur-Owner Grandprix, a member event of the National Horse Sports Foundation/Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series. Following this class, A&M Beverages and the Lake Placid Horse Show Association will pay tribute to the late Jimmy Quinn, a long-time supporter of the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows. During the class, A&M Beverages will host family and friends of Jimmy Quinn in a reception in the horse shows' new Hall of Fame Club. Afterwards, the horse show will award the third annual Jimmy Quinn Award to the leading amateur-owner rider of the two weeks of the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows.
At 12:00 noon on Saturday, canines take center stage at the I Love New York Horse Show in the horse show's ninth annual Doggie Costume Contest. All people with leashed dogs in costume are admitted to the horse show at no charge. Contestants strut their stuff in a special ring set up near the Spectator Viewing Area, next to the grand prix arena. Lonesome Landing of Saranac Lake and The Brown Dog Deli of Lake Placid, costume contest co-sponsors, will present awards to the "top dogs" and all entrants will receive treats.
The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows are made possible through the generosity of many supporters and sponsors. Sponsors for the 2001 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows include A&M Beverages, Inc., American Grandprix Association, Brandy Parfums, Inc., Budweiser, C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery, Inc., CellularOne, Jane F. Clark, Cosequin/Nutramax Labs, Lisa A. H. Cudahy, Der-Dau Custom Made Boots, David Fowler Carpentry, Golden Arrow Hotel, Juliam Farm, Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors' Bureau, Lake Placid Lodge, Lonesome Landing, Miller's Harness Company, Mirror Lake Inn, Moss Communications, Nicola's Family Restaurants, ORDA-Whiteface Mountain, Pepsi-Cola Keeseville Bottling Company, Pin Oak Farm, Price Chopper, Red Kap Sales, Inc., Sand Castle Farm, LLC, Supracor, Swedish Hill Winery, The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, The Hooker Family, The Phelps School, The Philips Family, Town of North Elba Park District, Trelawny Farm, Turtle Lane Farm, and WPTZ News Channel 5.
Admission to the horse show is $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate. A guided walking tour of the horse show grounds is available Friday morning at 11:30 am. The cost is just $1.00 in addition to the cost of admission.
Adelphia Cable is showing I Love New York Horse Show competition live as it happens on cable channel 22. The live telecast runs all day long for the remainder of the horse show. For more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at (518) 523-9625 or visit the web site at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com