LAKE?PLACID - Darragh Kenny of Ireland and 14-year-old Victoria Colvin of Loxahatchee, Fla. were stars of the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show, which concluded Sunday, July 8.
Kenny rode Sandor De La Pomme to victory in the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix and Colvin won both the Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Mills.
Coming on the heels of his win the previous week in the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix of Lake Placid, Kenny became only the fifth rider to sweep both of Lake Placid's grand prix in the same year. He joined Leslie Burr Howard (1985 and 1989), Debbie Dolan-Sweeney (1995), Margie Goldstein Engle (2001) and Jeffery Welles (2006) as the only riders to accomplish the feat.
Darragh Kenny and his horse Sandor De La Pomme, shown competing in the Horseware Ireland Grand Prix on July 1, also triumphed in the Woodlea Farms Grand Prix at the North Elba Show Grounds on July 7.
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Kenny was one of only four entries of 28 in the field to reach the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 15-jump first-round course at the North Elba Show Grounds designed by Olaf Peterson, Jr. of Germany. Kenny was the second to return for the nine-jump tiebreaker and rode fault-free again, finishing in 45.685 seconds to take the win.
Candice King of Wellington, Fla. placed second on Whistler with a clean jump-off ride in 45.849 seconds. Third place also went to King who had four jump-off faults and a time of 45.284 seconds on her other horse, Kismet. Fourth went to Charlie Jacobs of Boston, who had four faults and time of 46.178 seconds on Leap Of Joy.
"The course was the winner today," Kenny said. "It was a good course but with no room for error. When I saw Candice have that last rail I knew that even though I'd have to be fast, I wanted to be careful to go clean first."
Following the grand prix, the Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence was awarded to Kenny as the rider winning the most combined prize money in the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix during the Lake Placid Horse Show and the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix during the I Love New York Horse Show.
Prior to the grand prix, Schaefer Raposa rode Wilco to victory over a 23-horse field in the $10,000 Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort High Junior Jumper Classic and Kelly Soleau rode Centre Ice to the win over a 29-horse field in the $10,000 Champlain Valley Equipment High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.
Both Classics are member events of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series.
Also on Saturday, July 7 Victoria Colvin won the Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship which was held in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. The Championship is open to those who placed first or second in the Pessoa/USEF Medal, ASPCA/NHS Maclay, Platinum Performance USEF Talent Search, National PHA or WIHS equitation classes at the two Lake Placid shows.
The following morning, Colvin was back in the winner's circle again after riding Inclusive to victory in the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. Colvin also placed third on Havana with second place going to Scott Stewart and Declaration, winner of the first Hunter Derby in Lake Placid in 2010.
Thirty-two horses competed in the Hunter Derby, held for the third year in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. Bobby Murphy designed an Adirondack-themed course incorporating hiking trails, trout fishing, bears, owls, canoes, boats and Adirondack chairs. Riders had the option of choosing either the River Run Handy Trail or the Deeridge Handy Trail.
"Lake Placid is the best place for theme concepts," Murphy said. "We started it last year with the Olympic theme and it's something we wanted to continue this year. People come up here to vacation and have a good time and they're familiar with a lot of what we incorporated into the course.
"Most of our exhibitors have gone trail riding on the River Run down to Mr. Feldman's farm and many go hiking up the mountain trails. We get great support from the local community in providing the materials for the course and I really have to thank the crew who worked till 11 o'clock Saturday night building it."
In the first round, Colvin and Inclusive, owned by Betsee Parker of Middleburg, Va., topped the field with a score of 189 points from judges Phillip DeVita, Scott Hofstetter, Scott Williamson and Julie Winkle. Standing second with 184 points was Bring It On, owned by North Star and shown by Kenny. Stewart and Declaration, owned by Fashion Farm, stood third with 182 while Colvin and Havana, owned by Dwight & Irwin, were fourth with 171.5.
Colvin and Havana topped the second round with 206 points, with Stewart and Declaration posting the second highest score of 200. Colvin and Inclusive scored 194, giving them an overall total of 383 for a one-point edge the over the 382 score of Stewart and Declaration.
"He really was great today and it was so much fun to be able to ride him in the Grand Prix field," Colvin said. "It's such a treat to be able to ride in that field. I just love it."
Colvin and Havana totaled 377.5 for the two rounds for a third place finish with Kenny and Bring It On placing fourth with 356. Schaefer Raposa was fifth with 350 points on Poolside, owned by Southfields Farm.
Other feature class winners during the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show included:
Thursday, July 5
Candice King on Whistler in the $30,000 USA ANIMO Open Jumper Classic; King on Amigo in the 1.35m Lake Placid Lodge Jumper Class; Laura Chapot on Zealous in the 1.40m J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Open Speed Stake and Schaeffer Raposa on Gideon in the Beacon Hill Farm Junior Jumper Class.
Friday, July 6
Laura Chapot on Umberto in the 1.45 Hollow Brook Associates, LLC. Open Jumper Class; Chapot on Bradberry in the 1.40m Lake Placid Lodge Speed Class; Hillary Simpson on Arkansas in the 1.35m Jamaica Tent Jumper Class and Callie Smith on Upstaire in the Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class.
Saturday, July 7
Emily Kinch on Landora II in the 1.30m Saratoga Eagle Jumper Class and Lili Hymowitz on Trillville in the Clifton Park Rental Center Pony Hunter Classic.
Sunday, July 8
Elizabeth Benson on Warsaw in The Levy Family Low Junior Jumper Classic; Hannah Murrin on Land Dame in the Mirror Lake Inn WIHS Adult Jumper Classic (age 18-40) and Randy Levesque on Lyla in the Mirror Lake Inn WIHS Adult Jumper Classic (over 40), highlighting the Storm Ridge Capital Adult Jumper Division.
Andre Mershad on Opera in the P.F. Farm NAL & WIHS Children's Jumper Classic (age 14 & under) and Maddie Sisco on Ensor in the P.F. Farm NAL & WIHS Children's Jumper Classic (age 15-17), highlighting The Hooker Family Children's Jumper Division; and Emily Kinch on Victoria in the Y106.3 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic.
The Fenwick Equestrian Parade of Champions honored those winning championships over the course of the I Love New York Horse Show including Cornerstone, the Grand Hunter Champion owned by Westerly Farm and shown by Holly Orlando; Tigger, the High Performance Hunter Champion owned by Jane Forbes Clark and shown by Jimmy Toon; Valentine, Grand Champion of the Bainbridge Co. Amateur-Owner Hunter Division, owned and shown by Jaime Auletto; and Romance, Grand Champion of the Lora and Michael Schultz Adult Hunter Division, owned and shown by Lisa Wentworth.
The I Love New York Horse Show also featured its 20th Annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by The Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar, the Foster Family, A Placid Life/Jake Placid Doghouse and Animal Planet. The award for Best Overall entry, as well as Best Local entry, went to Cosmo, an 11-year-old, Skipperkee, and Rascal, a 2-year-old Sheltie, owned by the Buonanno and Freeman families of Bloomingdale. The costume was "Plan K-9 From Outer Space."
Second place and Best Horse Show entry was a group of dogs owned by horse show exhibitors from Florida, Connecticut, Ohio and New York whose costume was "Puppy Love." Third place went to Chaparro, a 5-year-old Terrier owned by Arcadia Farms in Yorktown Heights, NY whose costume was a "Black Bear." The Lulu Award for the funniest costume went to Sammy, a 12-year-old Lab/Coonhound cross, and Jessie, a 5-year-old Australian Shepherd, owned by Rachelle of Bedminster, NJ, whose costume was a "Chicken & Egg."
The horse show also hosted its annual Kids Day sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, and its annual Window Decorating Contest which was won by the Bookstore Plus.
The horse also held its Tack Room contest and the winner was North Run who received two tickets for round-trip flights between Saranac Lake and Boston compliments of Cape Air.
For more information, call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 523-9625 or visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.