Lake Placid, New York-June 27, 2014-Jeff Welles of Newtown, CT, won the $30,000 Brook Ledge, Inc. Open Jumper Classic Friday at the 45th annual Lake Placid Horse Show, Presented by Sea Shore Stables.
Riding Prem Dollar Boy, owned by Mary-Kate Olsen, Welles was one of 13 entries from the starting field of 38 to qualify for the jump-off by completing the 14-jump, first-round course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. fault-free. Todd Minikus was the first to try the 8-jump tiebreaker at the North Elba Show Grounds and he set the mark to beat with a clean ride in 44.590 seconds on Babalou 41.
Minikus’s lead held up through 5 rounds till Welles moved into the lead with a clean ride in 42.099 seconds. None of the remaining entries could catch Welles, who in 2006 became just the fourth rider to sweep Lake Placid’s two Grand Prix events in one year. Minikus’s time held up for second and third went to Callan Solem of Chester Springs, PA who finished the jump-off clean in 47.401 seconds on VDL Torlando.
Other feature class winners on Friday included Linda Langmeier on Rafino in the Dartbrook Rustic Goods 1.35m Speed Class and Laura Chapot on Bradberry in the Hampton Inn 1.40m Speed Class.
The 45th annual Lake Placid Horse Show continues through Sunday 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 features many of the nation’s best 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 over $750,000 in prizes. The horse show begins at 8:00 AM daily with classes running all day in 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 and are sure to be exciting as each horse and rider combination vies for top prize money.
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.
Upcoming highlights of the Lake Placid Horse Show include:
Saturday, June 28 – Crowne Plaza Resort NAL & WIHS Adult Jumper Classics; the Wild Center Low Junior Jumper Classic; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Amateur Owner Jumper Classic; Sidelines 1.35m; Various Hunter and Jumper Classes.
Sunday, June 29 – Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid, Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC; Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort Junior Jumper Classic; Mirror Lake Inn Amateur Owner Jumper Classic; Santa’s Workshop Leadline; C.M. Hadfield’s Parade of Champions; MME Adult Amateur & Children’s Hunter Classics; Hunter & Equitation Classes.
A generous thank you to this year’s sponsors including: 17 Hands Gallery; Adirondack Flying Service; Adirondack Life; Adirondacks 4-Season Guide; Animal Planet; Anonymous; Kevin Babington; Bainbridge Farms, LLC; Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc.; Beval Saddlery, Ltd.; Bridleplates; Brook Ledge, Inc.; Debbie & Jim Burrows; C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery, Inc.; Carr-Hughes Productions; Casella Waste Management; Jane Forbes Clark; CMJ Sporthorse; Community Bank, NA; Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, Lake Placid; Dartbrook Rustic Goods; David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks; Deeridge Farms; Der-Dau Custom Made Boots; Devoucoux, Inc.; Eastern Hay & Grain; Equifit, Inc.; Equestrian Services International, LLC (ESI); FarmVet Inc.; Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort; Hampton Inn; Hannaford Supermarkets; Hendricks Gin; James Harpel; High Peaks Cyclery; High Peaks Resort; Hollow Brook Wealth Management, LLC; The Hooker Family; Horse Watch; Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC; Hunt LTD; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Jamaica Tent Company; Juliam Farm; Lake Placid CVB; Lake Placid Lodge; Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites; Kate Levy & Family; Dan Lufkin; Michael Morrissey Enterprises, LLC; Mirror Lake Inn/The Cottage Café; Mountain Horse; North Star; Northwoods Inn; On A Fence Designs; ORDA – Whiteface Mountain; Pepsi Beverages Company; Price Chopper; Purina Animal Nutrition; Quiet Hill Farm; KJ Robinson; Ruthie’s Run; Sage Hill Farm; Sand Castle Farm; Santa’s Workshop; Michael Schultz; Sea Shore Stables, LLC; Sidelines; Dennis Sisco & Alexine Lesko; Storm Ridge Capital; Stretton Enterprises, Inc.; The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar; The Clothes Horse; The Tack Shelter; The Whiteface Lodge; The Wild Center; Town of North Elba Park District; Village of Lake Placid; Woodlea Farms; WPTZ News Channel 5; WNBZ Home of the Morning News & Rock 105. Special event sponsors include: Hannaford Supermarkets (Horse Club Junior Day & Walking Tours); Beval Saddlery, LTD (Golf Tournament); Animal Planet and The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar (Doggie Costume Contest); Horse Watch (Short Stirrup Clinics); Juliam Farm (Leadline Class); Santa’s Workshop (Leadline Class); C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery (Parade of Champions); Beval Saddlery, LTD (Parade of Champions); The Clothes Horse (Parade of Champions).
Show jumping fans unable to make it to the Lake Placid Horse Shows are still able to watch the competition. HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is offering free live webcasts of all classes in the horse show’s Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. The live webcasts, produced by ShowNet, are available free of charge at www.hrtv.com.
Video clips of competition in all rings, as well as schedules and live scoring, are available at www.ShowNet.biz.
Admission to the Lake Placid Horse Shows is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 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.
The horse show’s vendor area offers some of the Adirondacks’ best shopping. The vendor area has an array of equine related shops, local Adirondack products, artists, clothing, real estate, photography, and delicious food in addition to the official Lake Placid Horse Show merchandise booth.
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 online at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.