Robert Lee Wins USHJA International Hunter Derby at I Love New York Horse Show

Sunday, July 6, 2014
Posted by Classic Communication



Robert Lee and El Grecco (c) The Book LLC
Robert Lee and El Grecco (c) The Book LLC
Lake Placid, New York--Robert Lee of Old Saybrook, CT, rode El Grecco, owned by Brook Run Farm LLC, to the win in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition Saturday at the 2014 I Love New York Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables. Lee, 23, and his former junior and amateur jumper topped both rounds, receiving a score of 184.00 from judges John Roper and Linda Andrisani for round one and a score of 205.00 from judges Scott Fitton and Mike Rosser for round two. His total of 389.00 points for his two rides in the all grass Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field over the course designed by Steve Stephens and Bobby Murphy made him the clear winner. "He's a great jumper and I just try to stay out of his way and let him do his thing," Lee said. "He loves jumping on grass and he really likes this big field here."

Jimmy Torano and Poolside received a score of 369.50 to place second and third place went to David Oliynyk and Generous with a score of 369.00.

"He and I have been together since 2009 and he really is such a great horse," Lee continued about his former jumper. "I showed him in some hunter classes in Florida and then made a more permanent move to the hunters in the last two months. We won the Derby at Saratoga and were high performance hunter champions both weeks here. I would have to say that he really likes his new career."

The I Love New York Horse Show, the second of three consecutive horse shows at the North Elba Show Grounds, concludes Sunday and is then followed by the inaugural Adirondack Horse Show, July 9-13.

Highlighting Sunday's action is the $75,000 I Love New York Grand Prix Presented by Sea Shore Stables, as well as the $10,000 Pepsi Beverages Company High Junior Jumper Classic, $10,000 Whiteface Lodge High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, and $5,000 Mirror Lake Inn Adult Jumper Classics.

Robert Lee and El Grecco receiving their awards (c) The Book LLC
Robert Lee and El Grecco receiving their awards (c) The Book LLC
Also on Sunday, the horse show hosts its 22nd Annual Doggie Costume Contest. All people with leashed dogs in costume are admitted to the horse show free of charge. Everyone is invited to participate, whether they are part of the horse show or not. The whole town is welcome!

Contestants will take center stage at 12:00 noon in a special ring set up near the horse show's Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. The contest's co-sponsors, Animal Planet and The Brown Dog Café & Wine Bar, will present awards including the Lulu Perpetual Trophy for the funniest costume. Categories include Best in Show 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with two Honorable Mentions. There is no entry fee, and all contestants receive a special bag of doggie treats!

The Doggie Costume Contest is followed by the Beval Saddlery, Ltd. Parade of Champions at 1:30 pm and the Grand Prix at 2:00.

A generous thank you to this year's sponsors including: 17 Hands Gallery; Adirondack Flying Service; Adirondack Life; Adirondacks 4-Season Guide; Animal Planet; Anonymous; Kevin Babington; Bainbridge Farms, LLC; Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc.; Beval Saddlery, Ltd.; Bridleplates; Brook Ledge, Inc.; Debbie & Jim Burrows; C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery, Inc.; Carr-Hughes Productions; Casella Waste Management; Jane Forbes Clark; CMJ Sporthorse; Community Bank, NA; Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, Lake Placid; Dartbrook Rustic Goods; David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks; Deeridge Farms; Der-Dau Custom Made Boots; Devoucoux, Inc.; Eastern Hay & Grain; Equifit, Inc.; Equestrian Services International, LLC (ESI); FarmVet Inc.; Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort; Hampton Inn; Hannaford Supermarkets; Hendricks Gin; James Harpel; High Peaks Cyclery; High Peaks Resort; Hollow Brook Wealth Management, LLC; The Hooker Family; Horse Watch; Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC; Hunt LTD; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Jamaica Tent Company; Juliam Farm; Lake Placid CVB; Lake Placid Lodge; Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites; Kate Levy & Family; Dan Lufkin; Michael Morrissey Enterprises, LLC; Mirror Lake Inn/The Cottage Café; Mountain Horse; North Star; Northwoods Inn; On A Fence Designs; ORDA - Whiteface Mountain; Pepsi Beverages Company; Price Chopper; Purina Animal Nutrition; Quiet Hill Farm; KJ Robinson; Ruthie's Run; Sage Hill Farm; Sand Castle Farm; Santa's Workshop; Michael Schultz; Sea Shore Stables, LLC; Sidelines; Dennis Sisco & Alexine Lesko; Storm Ridge Capital; Stretton Enterprises, Inc.; The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar; The Clothes Horse; The Tack Shelter; The Whiteface Lodge; The Wild Center; Town of North Elba Park District; Village of Lake Placid; Woodlea Farms; WPTZ News Channel 5; WNBZ Home of the Morning News & Rock 105. Special event sponsors include: Hannaford Supermarkets (Horse Club Junior Day & Walking Tours); Beval Saddlery, LTD (Golf Tournament); Animal Planet and The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar (Doggie Costume Contest); Horse Watch (Short Stirrup Clinics); Juliam Farm (Leadline Class); Santa's Workshop (Leadline Class); C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery (Parade of Champions); Beval Saddlery, LTD (Parade of Champions); The Clothes Horse (Parade of Champions).

Show jumping fans unable to make it to the Lake Placid Horse Shows are still able to watch the competition. HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is offering free live webcasts of all classes in the horse show's Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. The live webcasts, produced by ShowNet, are available free of charge at

Video clips of competition in all rings, as well as schedules and live scoring, are available at

Admission to the Lake Placid Horse Shows 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 and admission is half price with a Price Chopper Advantage Card. Tickets are available at the gate. The horse shows are located at the North Elba Show Grounds, 5514 Cascade Road (Route 73) in Lake Placid, directly across from the ski jumps.

Further information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or online at

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