Lake Placid, NY - Michael Hughes rode Sans Soucis Z to victory in the $30,000 Lake Placid Open Jumper Classic Friday at the 47th annual Lake Placid Horse Show, presented by Sea Shore Stables LLC.
In the first round, 15 of 35 entries rode fault-free over the 15-jump course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany. The first to return for the eight-jump tiebreaker was Andrew Kocher on Uppie De Lis and he set the mark to beat with a clean round in 42.782 seconds.
Two rides later Hughes and Sans Soucis Z took over the lead with a clean ride in 42.207 seconds. None of the remaining 13 entries could beat Hughes's score, although Catherine Tyree did finish in a faster time of 40.569 seconds on Enjoy Louis. However a rail down at the second-to-last fence gave her a score of four faults and a sixth-place finish. Kocher's score on Uppie De Lis held up for second place and third place went to Paul O'Shea who finished clean in 43.405 seconds on Primo Calypso.
"Going so early in the jump-off and knowing that I had some really fast horses and riders going after me, I didn't think my time would hold up," Hughes said. "Soucis is a big slow horse and I really didn't think our time was going to be enough to win but I'm very happy with the way it worked out."
The Lake Placid Horse Show runs through Sunday at the North Elba Showgrounds, highlighted by the $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday afternoon. The I Love New York Horse Show follows, July 5-10, featuring the $100,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Pix on Saturday, July 9. Admission to the horse show is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.
For more information visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com