Kevin Babington on Shorapur
Lake Placid, NY – July 3, 2016 – Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington rode Shorapur to the only clean round to claim victory in the $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid to culminate the 47th annual Lake Placid Horse Show, presented by Sea Shore Stables LLC.
Thirty horses tried to master the 15-jump course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany and while several came close, none could until Babington, 22nd in the order, entered the ring on his 11-year-old, Hanoverian mare. Riding in his first Grand Prix since winning the Grand Prix at Devon on June 2 on his Irish Sport Horse, Mark Q, Babington turned the trick and waited to see if anyone could match his ride and force a jump-off.
“There were still some good ones after me so I was holding my breath,” he said, “and the truth is a few of them almost made it but they were a bit unlucky at the last fence.”
In fact three entries after Babington were clean until the last fence — Michael Hughes on Sans Soucis Z, Laura Chapot on ISHD Dual Star and Andrew Kocher on Ciana. “Dual Star has a big stride and I probably should have left one out coming to that last fence,” said Chapot who rode the Irish Sport Horse to the win in last year’s I Love New York Grand Prix at Lake Placid. “And Quointreau I think I overrode a little to the liverpool.”
Chapot placed second on Quointreau Un Prince with the fastest four-fault ride and was third on ISHD Dual Star. She also finished seventh on Thornhill Kate. Fourth place went to Catherine Tyree on Enjoy Louis, fifth to Cormac Hanley on Captain Caruso and sixth to Michael Hughes on Sans Soucis Z.
“The last line really was very difficult,” said Babington. “My mare is very careful and I knew I could put a little pressure on her and she came through beautifully for me. I’ve been riding in Devoucoux saddles for 10 years and I’m really happy to win their Grand Prix here in Lake Placid which has always been a very special horse show for me.”
The win without a jump-off marked only the second time that has happened in the Grand Prix of Lake Placid. It was done in 1999 by Molly Ashe on Resolute. It also happened in Lake Placid’s I Love New York Grand Prix in 2009 when Charlie Jacobs won on Secret Love.
Earlier in the day, Raleigh Hiler swept the top two places in the $5,000 The Wild Center Children’s Jumper Classic, a member event of the North American League (NAL) and Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Series. Hiler topped a field of 39 horses, seven of whom reached the jump-off, winning the class on Tinka’s Queen and placing second on Baldine. Third place went to Robert Matz on Venturesome.
In the $10,000 Mirror Lake Inn Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Addison Gierkink emerged victorious after a thrilling jump-off, winning the class on Denver Van’t Goemanshof. Eleven of 34 horses turned in clean first rounds to reach the jump-off in the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series event with five also going clean over the tiebreaker course. Gierkink was the last to go in the jump-off and she blazed over the course in 36.428 seconds to edge Callie Smith who finished in 36.560 seconds on Attention Et Z and Catherine Tyree who finished in 36.574 seconds on Don’t Go.
Action in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field also featured the Juliam Farm Lead Line Class and the C.M. Hadfield’s Parade of Champions which recognized horses and riders that won championships during the horse show.
In the Hunter ring, the Adult Amateur division was completed and emerging as Grand Adult Amateur Hunter champion was Quintus, ridden by Britta Lippert. Lippert clinched the Grand Championship with a second-place finish in the $1,000 MME Adult Amateur Hunter Classic. The Classic was won by Well Played ridden by Melissa Jacobs who emerged as Reserve Grand Champion.
The Children’s Hunter division culminated with the $1,000 MME Children’s Hunter Classic, won by Kayla Ryan on Business Casual. The win earned them the Children’s Hunter Grand Championship. Both the Adult Amateur and Children’s Hunter Classics are North American League (NAL) events awarding points that help riders qualify for the NAL Year-end Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg in October and the Las Vegas National Horse Show in November.
With the conclusion of the Lake Placid Horse Show, the I Love New York Horse Show moves onto the North Elba Showgrounds, starting Tuesday and continuing throughSunday, July 10. The I Love New York Horse Show features the $100,000 Equine Insurance Services/Great American Grand Pix on Saturday, July 9. Admission to the horse show 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.
For a behind the scenes look at the horse show, guided walking tours are offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. The tour groups meet at the horse show retail booth, and the tours, costing just $1.00, last approximately one hour.
A generous Thank You to the Sponsors of the 2016 Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC including: 17 Hands Gallery; Adirondack Life; Anonymous; Bainbridge Farm; Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc.; Michael & Barbara Bitterman; Debbie & Jim Burrows; C.M. Hadfields Saddlery, Inc.; Carolina Arena Equipment; Casella Waste Management; Jane Forbes Clark; Clifton Park Rental; CMJ Sporthorse; Community Bank NA; Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, Lake Placid; Darkbrook Rustic Goods; David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks; Deeridge Farms; Der-Dau Custom Made Boots; Devoucoux, Inc.; Eastern Hay & Grain; Equestrian Living; Equine Insurance Services/Great American; FarmVet, Inc.; Featherlite Coaches; Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort; Hampton Inn; Hannaford Supermarkets; High Peaks Resort; Hollow Brook Wealth Management, LLC; Hooker Family; Horse Watch; Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC; Hunt, Ltd.; iEquine Media Inc.; J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines; Juliam Farm; Kate Levy & Family; KJ Robinson; Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST); Lake Placid Lodge; Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites; Michael Morrissey Enterprises; Milagro Tequila/Empire Merchants North; Mirror Lake Inn/The Cottage Café; North Star; Northwoods Inn; Oakcroft; On A Fence Designs; ORDA – Whiteface Mountain; Pepsi Beverage Company; Prevost; Pure Placid; Purina Animal Nutrition; Ruthie’s Run; Sage Hill Farm; Sand Castle Farm – Marsha Dammerman; Michael Schultz; Sea Shore Stables, LLC; Select Sotheby’s International Realty; Sidelines; Dennis Sisco & Alexine Lesko; Stadium Jumping, Inc.: Storm Ridge Capital, LLC; Stretton Enterprises, Inc.; The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar; The Clothes Horse; The Wild Center; Town of North Elba Park District; Village of Lake Placid; WNBZ Rock 105; Woodlea Farms and WPTZ News Channel 5.
Those unable to attend the horse show can watch all the action live on line via ShowNet on their newly redesigned website at www.ShowNet.biz.
Additional 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 on line at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.