Lake Placid, NY—June 29, 2019— Laura Chapot continued her winning streak, riding Out of Ireland to victory in the $20,000 CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Open Stake at the 2019 Lake Placid Horse Shows, Sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC and Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC. Chapot, who has won at least one class in the Grand Prix ring each day, also placed second on Calafornia and fourth on Shooting Star.
Only 7 of 28 entries reached the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 14-effort, first-round course designed by Eric Hasbrouck. Chapot, riding Calafornia, was the second to try the seven-jump tiebreaker course, and she took an early lead when she finished clean in 33.169 seconds. The lead held till the end of the class when Chapot returned on Out of Ireland and finished clean in 32.398 seconds.
Two-time Olympic Silver medalist and Show Jumping Hall of Famer Anne Kursinski was the only rider to join Chapot in the top four. She finished third with a clean jump-off ride in 33.430 seconds on UK.
Sam Walker topped a field of 57 horses in the $7,500 High Peaks Resort Low Junior Jumper Classic. Walker, the 2018 ASPCA Maclay National Champion, turned in two fault-free rides and the fastest jump-off time of 27.745 seconds to claim the win on Cohbanta. Placing second was Ava Ellis who had a clean jump-off ride in 27.813 seconds on Quivive S Z. Walker’s win earned him and Cohbanta the horse show’s Low Junior Jumper Championship.
In the $7,500 Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Summer Paulos rode Balans RV to victory over a field of 57 horses. Paulos rode flawlessly in both rounds and won the class with the fastest clean ride in the jump-off , finishing in 29.469 seconds. The win earned the Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship for Paulos and Balans RV. Second place went to Addison Gierkink and S&L Slingback which earned them Reserve Championship honors.
Celebrating 50 years of show jumping in Lake Placid, the Lake Placid Horse Shows, held at the North Elba Showgrounds, are considered, “The Best Two Weeks of a Horseman’s Summer.” The US Equestrian Federation (USEF) has designated the Lake Placid Horse Shows as a “USEF Heritage Competition,” an honor reserved for an elite group of exceptional shows.
Offering $560,000 prize money, the Lake Placid Horse Shows feature four show rings with more than 100 classes of competition each week. Action begins at 8:00 AM daily and runs until approximately 5:00 PM. Each show is USEF Premier rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers.
Sunday highlights include the $5,000 The Wild Center Children’s Jumper Classic; $10,000 Mirror Lake Inn Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, a member event of the Hollow Brook Wealth Management Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series; $1,000 MMG Adult Amateur Hunter Classic; $1,000 MMG Children’s Hunter Classic; and the week’s culminating event, the $100,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix at 2:00 p.m. The Grand Prix is preceded by the Juliam Farm Lead Line Class at 1:00 p.m. and the Saratoga Horseworks Parade of Champions at 1:30 p.m.
Admission to the horse show on Sunday is $5.00. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.
All competition in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field can be seen live as it happens on the Lake Placid Horse Shows website at www.lakeplacidhorseshows.com. The livestreaming is sponsored by ShowNet and Marshall & Sterling.