LAKE PLACID - Michael Hughes won the Lake Placid Lodge 1.30meter Speed Class on Wednesday, the first jumper class of the 2014 Lake Placid Horse Show.
Hughes, of Allendale, New Jersey, topped a field of 36 horses and won the one-round class by turning in the fastest fault-free ride, finishing in 66.306 seconds on Winchester, owned by Christina Fried. Placing second was David Tromp, of Saugerties, who finished clean in 66.867 seconds on Alice in Wonderland. Third went to Julie Welles of W. Simsbury, Connecticut, who finished clean in 67.374 seconds on U2U.
Following the completion of the morning class, rains forced cancellation of the remainder of the day's schedule. Some of the canceled classes are being rescheduled for later in the week. The revised schedule is available on the horse show's website at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.
Lindsay Levine of Wellington, Florida. walks her horse Glen after heavy rain halted competition at the Lake Placid Horse Show on Wednesday.
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The 45th annual Lake Placid Horse Show runs through Sunday at the North Elba Show Grounds and is followed by the 37th annual I Love New York Horse Show, July 1-6, and the inaugural Adirondack Horse Show July 9-13.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows draw a wide range of riders, including Olympic veterans and international show jumping stars. The three-week horse show series hosts all levels of competition, from those just beginning their riding careers on ponies all the way up to grand prix competitors, vying for more than $535,000 in prize money. The horse show kicks off each morning at 8 a.m., with classes running all day in all four rings.
Highlights of the three weeks of horse show competition include the $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid, the $75,000 I Love New York Grand Prix and the $100,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, all presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC. The grand prix classes are the highest level of show jumping competition.
Another featured class is the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby, presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition. This event, taking place on Saturday, July 5, sees the hunters take on the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Ring and showcases jumps that resemble natural obstacles seen in a hunt field.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows can be seen live on HRTV and at www.hrtv.com.
Admission to the Lake Placid Horse Shows is $2 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more and admission is half price with a Price Chopper Advantage Card. Tickets are available at the gate. The horse shows are located at the North Elba Show Grounds, 5514 Cascade Road (Route 73) in Lake Placid, directly across from the ski jumps.
For a special, behind-the-scenes look at the horse shows, guided walking tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. for $1.
More information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 523-9625 or online at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.