If you're looking for a great way to spend some time outdoors while in the Adirondacks this summer, then visit the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.
The two-week long horse show series returns to the North Elba show grounds, June 26 to July 8, and is one of the most highly regarded stops on the nation's hunter-jumper circuit. Riders from across the country compete at all levels from children under the age of 7 in the Juliam Farm Lead Line class to Olympic veterans competing in the horse show's two Grand Prix events.
The highlights of this year's Lake Placid Horse Shows include the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix of Lake Placid, on Sunday, July 1 and the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, on Saturday, July 7. The Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence is awarded to the rider who has won the most combined prize money in the two Grand Prix.
"The Lake Placid Horse Shows offer something for everyone," said Richard M. Feldman, chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association. "Whether you're an avid equestrian or a first time horse show visitor, you'll find something you love at the Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC."
Not only are there activities for the horse lovers, but also a fun filled schedule of events for everybody to enjoy. Always a crowd favorite is the 20th annual Doggie Costume Class, which will return on Saturday, July 7 at noon. Sponsored by The Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar and A Placid Life/Jake Placid Doghouse, the Doggie Costume Class features horse show canines decked out in their most comic costumes as they parade around a special ring set up near the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field. Awards, including the Lulu Perpetual Trophy for the funniest costume, are presented to "top dogs." All people with leashed dogs in costume are admitted to the horse show at no charge on this day.
Each summer, Lake Placid village businesses welcome the horse shows back to town with the annual Equestrian Window Decorating contest. The Contest, which returns for its 25th year, features a variety of equine inspired window fronts, and is a favorite of horse show goers, shoppers and strollers alike.
The 20th Annual Horse Club Junior Day, sponsored by Animal Planet returns on Friday, July 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This day is open to all Pony Clubs, 4H Groups and Riding Clubs and focuses on learning about and having fun with horses in a safe environment. The cost is $5 per participant, chaperones excluded. Lunch will be provided for each participant. If chaperones would like to eat lunch as well, please include an extra $4 to cover the cost. Space is limited to 100 participants, so have your group's leader sign up today!
For guests who are interested in what goes on behind the scenes at the Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, guided walking tours sponsored by the Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel ond Suites are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week starting at 11:30 a.m. The cost of the tour is just $1 per person. Tours depart from the Lake Placid Horse Show Retail Booth.
Vendors can be located all around the horse show grounds. A variety of food is available, as well as tack shops and last minute gifts for family and friends. Don't miss your chance to explore the North Elba Showgrounds and be part of these action-packed events.
Admission to the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows is $2 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free and discounts are offered to groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at the gate. Show your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card, and your admission fee is 50 percent off.
For more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.