Above: Kiki Umla (c) Kenneth Kraus/PhelpsSports
Lake Placid, NY – April 13, 2018 – The Lake Placid Horse Show Association has initiated plans to expand riding areas at the North Elba Showgrounds to provide exhibitors with more space for riding during the annual Lake Placid Horse Shows. The 2018 Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC and sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC, return June 26 – July 8 at the shows’ world-class venue in Lake Placid, New York.
The expansion plan creates an additional 11,000 square feet of riding room by expanding the ring at the back of the grounds from its previous 17,000 square feet (100′ x 170′) to 28,000 square feet (140′ x 200′). The ring will be named in memory
of Kiki Umla, one of the hunter-jumper circuit’s most beloved figures who often monitored that ring in her roles as a USEF steward and schooling supervisor.
“The management of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association has received thoughtful exhibitor feedback that our show ground needs more riding areas. After careful consideration and analysis, management is moving forward to materially expand the riding ring that is located towards the rear of the property. This improvement should help alleviate some of the traffic in the schooling areas and in other riding rings,” said Philip Richter, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association Board of Directors.
“Fundraising is off to a great start with strong internal support from the Executive Committee, the Board, and other personal commitments, raising over $60,000 thus far,” said Richter. “Even though we have made great progress, we still have a long way to go to reach our fundraising goal. Any donation, big or small, is a great way to both honor Kiki and support the future of the Lake Placid Horse Shows.”
The ring expansion has been completed for use this summer and at the end of the 2018 horse shows, the footing will be replaced and ready for our 2019 shows.
“Few people on our horse show circuit were as loved as Kiki Umla,” continued Richter. “She served many roles and did so much to help so many people. I think that it is most fitting that we dedicate this ring – where she spent so much of her time – to Kiki and I invite everyone who was touched by her to contribute to this effort so that we can make this something truly worthy of our feelings for her.”
To help raise the $150,000 needed for the new ring and footing, the Lake Placid Horse Show Association is launching a campaign and inviting donors at every level to participate. “We want to invite everyone to participate whether it be by check or through our GoFundME page at https://www.gofundme.com/lphs-kiki-umla-ring,” Richter added. “Contributions can be tax-deductible and we hope that everyone will want to become part of this great communal tribute.”
Tax-deductible contributions can be made by sending a check, payable to the Town of North Elba, to the Lake Placid Horse Show Association, 5514 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. All donors will be recognized on signage by the ring and elsewhere.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows is one of the premier stops on the nation’s hunter-jumper horse show circuit, hosting two weeks of world-class competition for all levels, ranging from young children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic medalists. Each show is USEF ‘AA’ rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers and offers more than 100 classes of competition. The action is non-stop, with many of the nation’s top horses and riders competing in four show rings for over $530,000 in prize money!
Highlighting the competition is the $75,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday, July 1 as well as the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group I Love New York Grand Prix on Saturday, July 7, the show will also include the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition on Sunday, July 8.
Lake Placid also features a wide array of family activities, making it the ideal vacation spot for families coming to the horse shows. Outdoor activities include hiking, fishing, boating, cycling, paddling, rock climbing and swimming. There is also a great variety of shops and restaurants.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows are also adding a new 1.20-meter division to provide competition opportunities for young horses, younger riders, older amateur riders or anyone who wants to step up into the jumper ranks. The $5,000 division classic will be held in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field.
Thank you to this year’s list of generous sponsors including 17 Hands Gallery, Adirondack Life, Anonymous, Bainbridge Farms, LLC, Beacon Hill Horse Transportation, Inc., Beyaert Farm, Debbie & Jim Burrows, C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery, Inc., Carolina Arena Equipment, Casella Waste Management, Jane Forbes Clark, Clifton Park Rental Center, CMJ Sporthorse, Community Bank NA, Crowne Plaza Lake Placid, Dartbrook Rustic Goods, David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Deeridge Farms, Der Dau Custom Made Boots, Eastern Hay & Grain, Equestrian Living, FarmVet, Inc., Featherlite Coaches, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Great American Insurance Group, Hampton Inn, 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, Lake Placid CVB / Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), Lake Placid Flower and Gift Co., Lake Placid Lodge, Milagro Tequila/Empire Merchants North, Mirror Lake Inn / The Cottage Cafe, The Morrissey Family, Morrissey Management Group, NBC 5, North Star, On A Fence Designs, Pepsi Beverages Company, Prevost, Pure Placid, Purina Animal Nutrition, RobinsonRidge, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga, Ruthies Run, Sagamore Farm, Sage Hill Farm, Sea Shore Stables, LLC, ShowNet, Sidelines, Dennis Sisco & Alexine Lesko, Storm Ridge Capital, LLC, Stretton Enterprises, Inc., Taylor Rental/New Holland, The Clothes Horse, The Whiteface Lodge, The Wild Center, Town of North Elba Park District, Village of Lake Placid, Voltaire Design, and Woodlea Farms.
Further information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or online at ww.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.