Lake Placid, NY—July 5, 2019— Tomas Yofre of Argentina rode Kavalli Di Magico to the win in the $30,000 FarmVet Jumper Classic at the 2019 Lake Placid Horse Shows, Sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC and Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC
After 16 of 34 entries rode clean over the 15-effort, first -round course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral of Portugal, Peter Lutz set an early mark to beat with a clean ride over the eight-jump tiebreaker course, finishing clean in 38.176 seconds on Excellent. His lead held for nine rides till Ilan Bluman of Colombia finished clean in 37.889 seconds on J-Boston S.E.
Yofre, who rides with Missy Clark and John Brennan’s North Run, followed Bluman on course and used tight turns to shave time and claim the win with a clean ride in 37.321 seconds. “Missy and John had a good plan and the horse jumped amazing,” Yofre said. “The ground was really good and we were able to turn fast. I turned short to number 8 (third fence in the jump-off), a really big oxer, then turned tight to the combination, and then fast to the last vertical and then just went fast to the last fence. I’m thankful that it all worked out!”
Bluman finished second with Lutz third and two-time Olympic Silver medalist Anne Kursinski taking fourth with a clean jump-off ride in 38.742 seconds on UK.
Earlier in the day, Laura Chapot swept the top three places in the $1,500 Milagro Tequila 1.35m Jumper Class. Chapot won the class on Umberto while placing second on Little Firebird and taking third on Gideon.
Chapot also took three of the top five places in the $20,000 Deeridge Farms 1.40m Open Jumper Stake. Chapot topped a field of 34 horses by turning in two clean rides and a jump-off time of 33.150 seconds on Calafornia. She also placed third on Shooting Star and fifth on Zealous. Second place with a clean jump-off ride in 37.396 seconds was Cassandra Kahle on Elertina with fourth going to Tomas Yofre on Betagravin.
Set against the backdrop of the stunning Adirondack Mountains, the 2019 Lake Placid Horse Shows, held at the North Elba Showgrounds, are celebrating 50 years of show jumping in Lake Placid. They are considered by many as, “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. Each show is USEF Premier rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers.
Offering $560,000 prize money, the Lake Placid Horse Shows feature four show rings with more than 100 classes of competition each week. Horse show action continues throughout the weekend with competition beginning at 8:00 AM daily and running till approximately 5:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 on weekends. 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.
The second week’s highlights include:
Saturday, July 6 — $7,500 Chevrolet Low Junior Jumper Classic, $7,500 Taylor Rental & New Holland Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; $7,500 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Adult Jumper Classic; $5,000 The Wild Center Children’s Jumper Classic,THIS National Children’s Medal, WIHS Pony Equitation, Pony Hunter Classic and various hunter and jumper classes;
Sunday, July 7 — $10,000 Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; the horse show’s 27th annual Doggie Costume Contest sponsored by Lake Placid Lodge at 12:00 PM; The Clothes Horse Parade of Champions, the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix presented by Aon; The Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship presented by Kate Levy & Family; $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition.
Additional information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows, Sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC, and Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or by visitingwww.lakeplacidhorseshows.com.