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Jumping for joy

Horse shows return to Lake Placid for two weeks

June 29, 2017
By ANTONIO OLIVERO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - On the first Tuesday afternoon of the Lake Placid Horse Show, June 27, Lori Martin and her team of family, friends and colleagues worked within the beehive that is the primary administrative building at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds.

Seated at her desk behind an organized maze of meticulously decorated goodie bags, The Lake Placid Horse Show Association director and her team put the final preparations on this year's two-week schedule, the largest in a decade.

At the other end of the bustling building, David Orlando, the man in charge of the show's stables and feed, handed out parking passes and feed slips to the endless stream of riders checking in for the week. Swiveling his chair and clicking on his Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, Orlando said there are more than 1,500 currently up for this week's horse show, which effectively kicked off Wednesday with a full slate of more than 40 events at the North Elba Show Grounds.

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Alexandra Worthington rides Outshine Tuesday, June 27 at the Lake Placid Horse Show.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

Taking time to chat in between her final preparations, Martin said she is unsure why numbers are up this year. But she thinks it has something to do with how Lake Placid's concurrent events, such as CAN/AM Hockey, on a summer weekend like this is manifesting in families deciding to come here to take part in multiple events.

"We thought we were going to be down because there are so many competing shows," Martin said Tuesday, June 27. "But I think it goes back to the same thing we always say: Lake Placid sells itself.

"Our numbers are really big, which we are all really excited about. One of my riders has three children going to CAN/AM. The girls are riding, and the boys are going to hockey camp."

Aside from seeing all the returning faces to town from the event's competitors, spectators and members of its family-like management company, the one thing Martin is particularly excited about this year, actually melds two sports dear to the heart of Lake Placid: hockey and show jumping.

For a few years, Martin said she has worked to secure a new Boston Bruins-themed jump from members of the family that owns the popular National Hockey League franchise. This year, a pair of hockey jersey-clad bears flank that new jump, which is located halfway down the Turf and Field Club VIP pavilion at the heart of the grounds.

"And that's exciting," Martin said. "They are sponsors of the shows, and they ride in the shows. Their jump is just awesome. It has been added to our inventory this year. I was so excited, because we are such a big hockey town."

Martin - the wife of local hockey coach and North Elba Park District Manager Butch Martin, who was also seen helping out in the horse show office this week - also said two tents have been added this year for the increase in number of horses. The class schedule is pretty much the same as years past, and the show has gained and lost a typical number of sponsors.

As for how the grounds have held up after a long winter, wet spring and soggy start to summer, Martin said the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field has held up "miraculously," while the all-weather footing fields are good to go and will host events as long as there is no thunder and lightning.

This year's shows are presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC and sponsored by Bainbridge Farm, and will run from June 27 through July 2 (Lake Placid Horse Show) and July 4 through 9 (I Love New York Horse Show).

The events will offer more than 100 classes of competition each week for riders at all levels, from children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic medalists. Action begins at 8 a.m. each show day with classes running simultaneously in four separate rings until about 5 p.m.

Admission to the horse shows is $2 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.

For a behind-the-scenes look at the shows, one-hour guided walking tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. Groups meet at the retail booth.

For more information, call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or visit online at



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