Internationally Renowned Lake Placid, NY Horse Shows
Come experience two of the nation's most prominent equestrian events and watch as world class riders and horses vie for more than $550,000 in prize money and awards in championship Hunter and Jumper competitions.
The action begins at 8 a.m. each show day, with classes running simultaneously in five separate rings until approximately 5 p.m.
Horse show jumping
Show jumping or 'stadium jumping' is an English riding event. It is a relatively new sport, originating sometime in the mid-18th century. Some shows feature dressage and equitation, however the Lake Placid Horse Shows feature only hunter and show jumping in both adult and junior divisions. Some of the youngest jumpers are seemingly too small for even a pony. They start competing at a very young age in show jumping circles. It's amazing to watch these tiny little jumpers and see how well they perform in competition! Your kids will love watching these events, although be forewarned of the desire to own his or her own pony that ensues.
Over 1,000 horses visit the Adirondacks
The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows bring nearly 1,000 horses to Lake Placid for three weeks at the end of June each year. A veritable city of tents is erected early in June in anticipation of the events. The brightly striped tents house the millions of dollars worth of horses their owners bring to these shows annually. A behind the scenes tour of the show grounds allow an insider look at the stalls and tack rooms each farm maintains as 'home' for the duration. Walking tours are given at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the three weeks of the shows. There is a minimal $1 cost for the tours of the stables and more. The grounds are abuzz with golf carts and Welsh Corgi dogs. These little dogs seem to be the breed of choice at farms in the show jumping world and they're right at home at the show grounds, many of them roaming around visiting with everyone.
Lake Placid is a favorite on the show jumping circuit. Its intimate atmosphere and clean mountain air are much appreciated by attendees, where they feel as though they are on vacation, unlike many of the other venues in large cities around the country. One will see top international competitors jumping here in Lake Placid. In a year prior to Olympic competition it's likely you'll see some of the same competitors here that end up on Olympic teams the following summer. Often, they will even compete here the same year, prior to the Olympics later in the summer. It's no doubt, our show attracts some of the finest jumpers in the equestrian world and it's not to be missed if you're here in the region during the shows.
Admission to the horse shows
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate, as there is plenty of general seating available. If you are interested in VIP seating, that should be booked earlier and that information can be found on the Lake Placid Horse Show's website.
- Weekday - $3
- Weekend - $5
- Children under 12 are admitted free.
- Discounts for groups of 20 or more are available.
Lake Placid Horse Show lodging
If you're competing or visiting Lake Placid to enjoy the event, make a reservation at one of the premier hotels, resorts, inns and barbecues in the Adirondacks. Each offer a unique experience, and many fill very quickly, so book a reservation early!
Visit the Lake Placid Horse Show Association for more information and details.