Wish Kid Kailey Paul’s Equestrian Wish Revealed at Lake Placid Horse Show

Edited Press Release

Lake Placid, NY (7/01/2023) – Friday morning, Make-A-Wish Northeast New York revealed to Wish Kid Kailey Paul, a 14-year-old from West Sand Lake, NY, battling a brain tumor, that her wish for equestrian equipment was coming true. They kicked off the reveal with a surprise fitting at the Lake Placid Horse Show with Charles Ancona, a renowned designer of custom riding jackets.

“It is incredibly flattering that Kailey requested one of our custom jackets as part of her wish,” said Charles Ancona. “I am so inspired by her story and her enthusiasm and love the idea that she will now be able to ride in the same jacket worn by riders like five-time Olympian McLain Ward and other stars who ride on the U.S. Equestrian team.”

Kailey Paul with Charles Ancona © KIND Media

The reveal with Charles Ancona was just the beginning for Kailey and her family. Along with her custom riding jacket, the Lake Placid Horse Show gave her a VIP experience including horse show merchandise, lunch in the VIP Club, the chance to meet some of the equestrian legends that have played a crucial role in the healing process of her medical journey, a complimentary subscription to ClipMyHorse.tv, the chance to present awards to a major class winner, a gift basket from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and a chance to ride a show horse provided by Holly Hill Farm. In addition, the Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa donated incredible accommodations for the weekend.

“Kailey’s wish reveal embodies the magic of Make-A-Wish,” said James Hathaway, Interim President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Northeast New York. “The equestrian community has been an incredible source of inspiration and support to Kailey since long before her diagnosis, and today, they wrapped their arms around her yet again by creating this unforgettable weekend. Thank you to Charles Ancona, the Lake Placid Horse Show Association, and the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa for making it all happen.”

Kailey had the chance to ride a show horse provided by Holly Hill Farm © KIND Media

“It was an absolute pleasure to host Kailey and her parents at our horse show,” said Philip Richter, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association. “She is an amazing young girl, and we fully support all that Make-A-Wish does for her and so many others. We are honored to have played a part in granting her wish!”

“The Weibrecht family have been ardent supporters of Make-A-Wish and strongly believe in the organization’s mission,” said Chris Jarvis, Director of Rooms at the Mirror Lake Inn. “We have been involved with the Northeast chapter for a long time, and are very happy and proud to host Kailey and family and help bring her wish to fruition. For us this is the continuation of a tradition, and we’re glad to play a role in it.”

Kailey meeting one of her riding heroes, hunter champion John French © KIND Media

Kailey’s wish will officially be completed later this year when Kailey receives equestrian riding equipment to go with her custom riding jacket.

Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is a nonprofit organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Since 1987, the chapter has brought hope, strength, and joy to thousands of wish kids across 15 counties in Northeast New York. With the support of generous donors, volunteers, and community partners.

The Lake Placid Horse Show (LPHS), Sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC, and Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, offers two weeks of exciting equestrian competition, June 27-July 9, in a setting no other horse show can match. Celebrating 54 years of equestrian tradition, LPHS hosts competitions for riders of all levels and ages ranging from young children on ponies, to hunters and Olympic veterans aboard their grand prix mounts.

Charles Ancona jackets are made in the USA using the finest Italian stretch fabrics to provide both stylish looks and high-performance functionality. Charles Ancona, the Official U.S. Team Supplier through USEF, takes pride in designing and manufacturing the highest quality products for their customers, including top riders such as Show Jumping Hall of Famer Margie Engle and five-time Olympic veteran McLain Ward. Charles Ancona Jackets were worn in the Tokyo Olympics and will be for all U.S. teams through the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

About the Mirror Lake Inn

The AAA Four Diamond Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is a luxury lakefront resort offering an authentic Adirondack experience. The Inn, rated Four Diamond for 39 consecutive years, presents both Four Diamond world-class cuisine and casual dining options, with impeccable service amid awe-inspiring views. Only one other property in New York State (located in Manhattan) has maintained the Four Diamond designation longer than Mirror Lake Inn. It is the only property in Lake Placid that combines Four Diamond lodging and dining. The Inn’s renowned Lake Placid spa pampers the body and refreshes the mind with a comprehensive menu of services. The Inn is conveniently located one block from the restaurants and shops on Main Street in Lake Placid.

Media Contacts:

Emily Malley, Make-A-Wish Northeast New York, 802 578-3171, emalley@vermont.wish.org

Marty Bauman, Lake Placid Horse Shows, 508-878-2394, marty@classic-communications.com

Sandy Caligiore, Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa, 518-302-3086, sandy@mirrorlakeinn.com   

Original press release courtesy of Lake Placid Horse Shows.