Lake Placid, NY -Paul O'Shea of Ireland rode NLF Newsflash to the win in the $100,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Prix Sunday to conclude the I Love New York Horse Show, the second of two weeks comprising the 47th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables LLC.
Four of 29 entries reached the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 15-jump course designed by Show Jumping Hall of Famer Steve Stephens. O'Shea claimed the win on his Irish Sport Horse when he completed the eight-jump tiebreaker course with the best score of four faults in a time of 38.187 seconds. David Raposa of Clinton, NY finished second on the Belgian Warmblood, S&L Sage with five faults and a time of 40.269.
"It was an unusual jump-off to be sure with the first two not finishing," said O'Shea. "I was fortunate to go last and I knew what I had to do. I wound up having the same rail down as David so I moved it a little faster to try to get the win. Flash is a great Irish horse. He has a fantastic mind and he can adapt to anything."
Finishing third on Quointreau Un Prince was Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, who also placed fifth and eighth on a pair of Irish Sport Horses, ISHD Dual Star and Thornhill Kate. U.S. Olympic veteran Peter Leone of Greenwich, CT, tied Chapot for third on the Danish Warmblood, Wayfarer. Because of rains on Saturday and Sunday morning, the class was held in the E.R. Mische Jumper Ring rather than the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field.
Additional information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available on line at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.