McLain Ward Wins Saturday Feature at 33rd Annual Lake
Placid Horse Show
Lake Placid, NY June 29, 2002 McLain Ward
of Brewster, NY swept the top two places in the Whiteface Mountain
Speed Stake Saturday at the 33rd annual Lake Placid Horse Show. Ward
placed first in the North American League (NAL) Open Speed Division
event on Éclair and also placed second on Romeo.
Welles of Newtown, CT was the fourth of 28 entries to try the 10-jump,
one-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. He took the lead
by riding Hurricane to a fault-free ride in 48.237 seconds. Five
riders later, Ward, the top ranked rider on the U.S. Equestrian
Team (USET) Show Jumping Rider List and winner of last Sundays
$50,000 Rolex USET Show Jumping Championship, moved Welles out of
the lead by riding Romeo to a clean ride in 47.172 seconds.
was the only one of the remaining entries to beat that score when
he rode Éclair to a clean ride in 46.939 seconds to secure
the top two places in the class and solidify his position atop the
NAL Open Speed Division standings. Welles and Hurricane finished
Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL, currently ranked number two to
Ward on the USET Show Jumping List, actually beat Wards winning
time when she finished in 45.829 seconds on Camille. However, a
rail down at the second-to-last fence added four penalty seconds
to their time and dropped them to fifth place.
North American League (NAL) offers year-long series in six divisions
Childrens Hunter, Adult Hunter, Childrens Jumper,
Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper and Open Jumper. The Series includes classes
held at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada.
Finals for all divisions are held at the Pennsylvania National Horse
Show in Harrisburg, PA, in October.
Lake Placid Horse Show concludes Sunday with the $50,000 Budweiser
Grandprix of Lake Placid Presented by Jaguar/Land Rover for the
Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy. The Grandprix will be preceded
by the Juliam Farm Leadline Class for riders up to age seven. After
off-days on Monday and Tuesday, the 25th annual I Love New York
Horse Show opens at the North Elba Showgrounds and runs July 3-7.
The highlight of the I Love New York Horse Show is the $50,000 I
Love New York Grandprix on Saturday, July 6.
more than 1300 horses and the nations best show jumping riders
are at the Lake Placid Horse Show competing for $360,000 prize money.
In addition to the two AGA Grandprix Series events and North American
League (NAL) classes, the schedule also includes Adult/Children's
Jumper events and Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic series
events for junior riders and amateur/owner riders. There are also
numerous hunter and equitation divisions including World Championship
Hunter Rider Classes and Hunter Classics.
Lake Placid Horse Shows are made possible through the generosity
of many supporters and sponsors. Sponsors for the 2002 Lake Placid
and I Love New York Horse Shows include A&M Beverages, Inc.,
Adirondack Rustic, American Grandprix Association, Anonymous, Ariat,
Brandy Parfums, Inc., Budweiser/Anheuser-Busch, Inc., C.M. Hadfields
Saddlery, Inc., Jane F. Clark, Lisa A. H. Cudahy, Der-Dau Custom
Made Boots, David Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Enterprise Rent-A-Car,
Golden Arrow Hotel, Hilton Lake Placid Resort, Jaguar, Juliam Farm,
Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau, Lake Placid Lodge,
Land Rover, Lonesome Landing, M & M Mars, McDonalds, Millers
Harness Company, Mirror Lake Inn, Moss Communications, Nicolas
Family Restaurants, On a Fence Designs and Rentals, ORDA-Whiteface
Mountain, the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group, Inc., Pin Oak Farm, Price
Chopper, Red Kap Sales, Inc./Citgo, Salamander Farm, Sand Castle
Farm, Sidelines, Supracor, The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, The
Country Saddler, Ltd., The Hooker Family, The Phelps School, The
Phillips Family, Town of North Elba Park District, Trelawny Farm,
Turtle Lane Farm, Unusual Silver, Wild Horse Winery, and WPTZ News
Lake Placid horse shows feature four rings of action with competition
running from 8:00 a.m. to late afternoon, Wednesday through Sunday
each week. Admission to the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse
Shows is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children
under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at
the gate. Guided walking tours of the Lake Placid Horse Shows are
available at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday through Friday, for just $1.00.
Tours leave from the Lake Placid Horse Show retail booth.
more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association
at (518) 523-9625 or visit the web site at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.