Grace Jackson and Coastal Win Grand Junior Hunter Championship
Lake Placid, NY – June 30, 2016 – Victoria Birdsall rode Luxina to victory in the $1,500 Hampton Inn 1.35-meter Jumper Class Thursday at the 47th annual Lake Placid Horse Show, presented by Sea Shore Stables LLC. The horse show also crowned some hunter champions with Grace Jackson earning the Grand Junior Hunter Championship on Coastal.
In the day’s featured event in the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field, only five of the 24 entries rode fault-free over the 13-jump, one-round course. Birdsall claimed the win by riding Luxina to the fastest time, finishing in 68.894 seconds. That easily outdistanced the 76.914 seconds turned in by second-place finisher Jimmy Torano on Daydream and the 78.651 seconds turned by Olympic veteran Margie Engle who finished third on Eckham Van Het Steentje.
Victoria Birdsall and Luxina
In the hunter ring, the juniors completed their competition which was split into two divisions. Grace Jackson and Coastal were champions of the A Division and Samantha Kasowitz and Mon Ami won the B Division with Jackson and Coastal earning the Grand Junior Hunter Championship.
Grace Jackson and Coastal were champions of the Junior Hunter A Division and won the Grand Junior Hunter Championship
Samantha Kasowitz and Mon Ami were champions of the Junior Hunter B Division
The Amateur-Owner 3’3″ division also wrapped up with Katie Robinson and Cascarillo winning the Over 35 Championship and Nicole Oliynyk and Sea Walker taking the Reserve. The 18-35 Championship went to Margot Peroni and Encore B with Jaime Auletto and Carla taking the Reserve.
The Lake Placid Horse Show runs through Sunday at the North Elba Showgrounds, highlighted by the $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday afternoon. The I Love New York Horse Show follows, July 5-10, featuring 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.
Upcoming highlights of the Lake Placid Horse Show include:
Friday, July 1 – $1,500 Pepsi Beverages Co. 1.35m Jumper Class; $5,000 Whiteface Mountain 1.40m Jumper Class; $30,000 Lake Placid Open Jumper Classic presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC (3 PM); U.S. Adult Equitation; Ariat Adult Medal; Marshall & Sterling U.S. Pony Medal – Small, Medium, Large; Various Hunter & Jumper Classes
Saturday, July 2 – $20,000CMJ Sporthorse 1.40m Open Stake; $7,500 High Peaks Resort Low Junior Jumper Classic; $7,500 Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; $5,000 J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Adult Amateur Jumper Classic;THIS National Children’s Medal; $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby; Various Hunter & Jumper Classes
Sunday, July 3 – $5,000 The Wild Center Children’s Jumper Classic; $10,000 Mirror Lake Inn Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Juliam Farm Lead Line Class (1:00 PM); C.M. Hadfield’s Parade of Champions (1:30 PM); $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC (2:00 PM) ; $1,000 MME Adult Amateur Hunter Classic; $1,000 MMG Children’s Hunter Classic; Various Hunter, Jumper, & Equitation Classes