Wins Third Consecutive $50,000 Hermès I Love New York Grand
Prix, To Highlight I Love New York Horse Show
Placid Horse Shows Complete Most Successful Year Ever
Placid, NYJuly 9, 2003 The 2003 Lake Placid Horse
Shows were the most successful in their 34-year history. The success
of the 34th annual Lake Placid Horse Show and 26th annual I Love
New York Horse Show were evident in several regards including
number of entries, weather, and celebrity turnout. Rock superstar
Bruce Springsteen, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actress
Glenn Close and CNNs Lou Dobbs were all on hand to see their
success of this years horse shows was unprecedented,
said Lake Placid Horse Show Association Chairman Richard M. Feldman.
The financial support we received from sponsors, the number
of entries, the amount of revenue generated on the local economy
by the 4,000 exhibitors we brought to town were all at record
levels. There were more smiles on the faces of everyone at the
show than ever before. This was definitely the most gratifying
of my 15 years on the Board.
Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL won the $50,000 Hermès
I Love New York Grand Prix for an unprecedented third consecutive
year during the 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show, July 2
6, 2003 the second of this years Lake Placid Horse
win was the 114th of her career, adding to her U.S. record. The
Sydney Olympic veteran and seven-time American Grandprix Association
(AGA) Rider of the Year rode Hidden Creeks Jones to one
of eight fault-free rides turned in by the starting field of 31
over the 16-jump, first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds.
AGA Rider of the Year McLain Ward of Brewster, NY took the lead
halfway through the tiebreaking jump-off when he finished the
eight-jump, tiebreaker course fault-free in 41.030 seconds on
the 7-year-old, Belgian-bred mare, Sapphire, the youngest horse
in the competition. Two rides later, Engle moved Ward out of the
lead when she rode her 12-year-old, Dutch-bred gelding to a clean
ride in 40.169 seconds to claim her sixth Grand Prix win at Lake
Placid, second to the record seven won by two-time Olympic medalist
Leslie Burr Howard of Westport, CT.
place went to four-time Olympian Anne Kursinski of Flemington,
NJ who finished with a fault-free jump-off ride in 42.924 seconds
on Great Point.
the $50,000 Hermès I Love New York Grand Prix, McLain Ward,
who won $22,000 for his 2nd place finishes in both the $50,000
Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid and $50,000 Hermès
I Love New York Grand Prix, was awarded the Richard and Diana
Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence. The trophy
is presented to the rider who competed in both grand prix events
at the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows and won the
most combined prize money.
Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series
Love New York horse show action also included two Show Jumping
Hall of Fame Jumper Classic series events for junior riders and
amateur/owner riders. Katrina Woods of Bronxville, NY, won the
Salamander Farm High Junior Jumper Classic riding her Susdal.
Louis Jacobs of East Aurora, NY, topped the field aboard Santa
Cruz in the Golden Arrow Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Points
earned in these two Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series
events help determine which junior and amateur/owner riders will
qualify to compete in the 2003 National Horse Show in Wellington,
School Open Stake
in the week, Ward kicked off the opening day of the I Love New
York Horse Show with a victory in The Phelps School Open Stake.
The class saw 13 of 33 entries qualify for the tiebreaking jump-off
by riding without penalty over the 14-jump first-round course.
The first of those 13 to ride penalty-free over the seven-jump
tiebreaker course was Kursinski who took a temporary lead when
she finished the jump-off in 39.030 seconds on Sincere.
Leone of Greenwich, CT, Kursinskis 1996 Silver Medal Olympic
teammate, moved her out of the lead when he finished the jump-off
fault-free in 38.451 seconds. His lead held until Ward mastered
the Pierre Jolicoeur-designed course in 37.234 fault-free seconds.
The final three entries in the jump-off failed to top Wards
time, giving him the win. Leones time held for second place
and Kursinski finished third.
next day, Kursinski earned the top prize by posting the only fault-free
ride in the Pin Oak Farm Open Jumper Welcome Stake on Great Point.
Nineteen other riders scored penalties as they rode the challenging
15-jump course. Two-time Olympian Lisa Jacquin of Collegeville,
PA placed second by finishing with the fastest four-fault ride,
81.753 seconds, on Justice.
that day, Engle took the top two places in the Lake Placid Resort
North American League (NAL) Speed Stake. She won the class by
finishing the 12-jump course with a time of 69.016 seconds on
Hidden Creeks Charlie Brown. She also placed second with
a time of 71.385 seconds on Camille.
days final entry, Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ,
actually beat Engles two leading times, finishing in 68.458
seconds on Copper Twist, but a rail down at fence 6 added four
penalty seconds and dropped her to third place with an adjusted
score of 72.458 seconds. The Lake Placid Resort NAL Speed Stake
is a member event of the North American League and points earned
in the class count toward qualifying for the NAL Championship
at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA in October.
Ward won the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Speed Challenge and Engle won
the Nicolas Restaurants Open Jump-off, the featured classes
on July 4.
Ward was one of only three entries from the field of 19 in the
Speed Challenge to finish the 14-jump, one-round course at the
North Elba Showgrounds without penalty. His time of 67.657 seconds
on Peter was the days fastest, giving him the win. Second
place went to Chapot who finished in 69.554 seconds on Sprite
and Candice King of Wellington, FL was third with a time of 77.569
seconds on Casadora.
In the Nicolas Restaurants Open Jump-off, Engle claimed
the top two positions on Julius and Nobility respectively. The
Sydney Olympic veteran had the fastest jump-off time of 29.053
seconds on Julius and the second fastest time of 30.554 seconds
on Nobility. Kursinski finished third with a jump-off time of
31.074 seconds on Sincere.
I Love New York Horse Show closed on Sunday, July 6 with two WIHS
classes. Cindy McGrath won the Price Chopper Adult Amateur Jumper
Classic and Hillary Dobbs won the WIHS Childrens Jumper
was one of eight entries from the field of 56 to reach the tiebreaking
jump-off by riding without penalty over the 16-jump, first-round
course. She then rode Euro Pass to the fastest fault-free ride
over the seven-jump jump-off course, finishing with a time of
32.979 seconds to claim the win.
of Sussex, NJ, topped a field of 44 entries to win her class on
Lucky Four. The daughter of CNNs Lou Dobbs was one of 10
to reach the jump-off with a fault-free first-round ride. She
completed the jump-off fault-free in 32.118 seconds to take the
of these Classics are member events of the WIHS Championship series
and count as bonus points towards the Championships to be held
at the Washington International Horse Show in October.
I Love New York Horse Show also featured the crowd-pleasing 11th
annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by The Brown Dog Cafe
and Wine Bar of Lake Placid and by Lonesome Landing of Saranac
Lake. Top dog this year was "Dottie & Dandy," who
was dressed up and paraded as Voyage through Neverland by owners
Heather and Charlie Hooker.
horse show fan-favorite was the 16th Annual Horse Show Window
Decorating Contest, a fun-spirited competition held in conjunction
with the annual Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows. The
contest provides an artistic treat to visitors and strollers in
Lake Placid during the two weeks of the horse shows.
Adirondack Trading Company won the Lake Placid Horse Show Associations
Window Decorating Contest for the third consecutive year. Placing
second in this years contest was The Market. Reflections
Antiques took third place. Receiving honorable mention were The
Bookstore Plus and The Bear Haus.
of the 2003 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows included
A&M Beverages, Inc., Adirondack Life, American Grandprix Association,
Anonymous, Ariat International, Inc., Bayer Legend, Brandy Parfums,
Inc., Budweiser/Anheuser Busch, Inc., C.M. Hadfields Saddlery,
Inc., David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Der Dau Custom Made
Boots & Shoes, Enterprise rent-a-car, Fox Run Ltd., Golden
Arrow Hotel, Hermès, Hilton Lake Placid Resort, Jane Forbes
Clark, Juliam Farm, Kiehls Since 1851, Lake Placid Resort,
Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau, Lisa A. H. Cudahy,
Lonesome Landing, M&M Mars, Mirror Lake Inn/The Cottage, McDonalds
of Lake Placid, Moss Communications, Nicolas Family Restaurants,
Barbara Nugent and Michael Bitterman, On a Fence Designs and Rentals,
ORDA-Whiteface Mountain, The Country Saddler, The Pepsi Bottling
Group, Inc., Pin Oak Farm, Price Chopper, Red Kap Sales, Inc./CITGO,
Salamander Farm, Sand Castle Farm/The Dammerman Family, Shamrock
Ventures LLC, Sidelines, The Brown Dog Café & Wine
Bar, The Hooker Family, The Levy Family, The Phelps School, The
Phillips Family, Town of North Elba Park District, Trelawny Farm,
Turtle Lane Farm, Unusual Silver, U.S. Olympic Spirit Stores,
Wild Horse Winery and WPTZ News Channel 5.
Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows will return in 2004,
running from June 30 through July 11.
more information, including full 2003 Lake Placid Horse Show results,
please visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.
or call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at (518) 523-9625.