Lake Placid, NY – October 31, 2013 – Exciting changes are in store for the upcoming 45th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, the most significant of which is the addition of a third week of competition!
Started in 1970 as a one-week, one-ring horse show, the Lake Placid Horse Show added a second week, the I Love New York Horse Show, in 1978. It has since grown into one of the country's most prominent hunter-jumper competitions, earning the moniker, "The Best Two Weeks of a Horseman's Summer!" That will now change as starting next summer, Lake Placid for the first time will feature three weeks of horse show competition.
“For years we have been hearing our exhibitors tell us how much they love being in Lake Placid and how they wish they could stay longer,” said Richard M. Feldman, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association. “Adding a third week provides more opportunity for them to compete in a world-class horse show and, perhaps more importantly, more time to enjoy the unrivaled vacation setting they all love so much. From this point on, Lake Placid is now going to be the best THREE weeks of a horseman’s summer!”
Located in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid's nationally regarded horse show series presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC hosts all levels of competition ranging from young children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic medalists. Competition runs in four rings simultaneously and all three weeks are USEF ‘AA’ rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers.
The Lake Placid Horse Show will take place June 24-29, highlighted by the $75,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday, June 29. The I Love New York Horse Show will take place July 1-6, highlighted by the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, along with the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. The inaugural Adirondack Horse Show will take place July 8-13, highlighted by the $100,000 Adirondack Grand Prix on Saturday, July 12.
Ed Weibrecht, owner of the Mirror Lake Inn, a long-time sponsor of the Lake Placid Horse Shows, and Vice Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association, thinks this is great news not only for horse show exhibitors, but also for the Village of Lake Placid. “Adding a third week of competition will definitely be an economic home run for the area,” said Weibrecht.
In addition to the new third week of competition, the Board of Directors of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association has also announced that it will install new footing in all dirt rings including both Hunter Rings, the Jumper Annex, and all warm-up rings! The horse shows' famed all-grass Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field will remain the same.
Because the weather in Lake Placid limits the season, the installation of the new footing will begin the day after the 2014 horse shows end. That will allow enough time for everything to be done properly and to ensure that the new footing is ready for the opening of the 2015 Lake Placid Horse Shows.
“We work all year long to put together our world-class horse shows with a schedule that is attractive for our exhibitors and also for our spectators and sponsors,” said Feldman. “The addition of a third week of competition will provide more riding opportunities for our competitors and also more entertainment for our spectators. The best way to ensure that our rings and our footing remain top quality throughout the horse shows is by putting in this new footing that is absolutely second to none!"
“On behalf of the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau, I extend congratulations to the Lake Placid Horse Show Association for being awarded the rights to a third consecutive week of show jumping competition," said James McKenna, President of the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau and Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism.
"The local business community now has an opportunity to cooperatively support the growth of that third week with memberships in the Horse Show Association and by developing value-added promotions that will entice event attendees to extend their stay for the full three weeks. We will augment the already-significant economic boost resulting from the Horse Show events as we all work together to grow this third week."
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 on line at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.