Lake Placid, New York, USA – July 1, 2018 – Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington (IRL) rode Mark Q to victory in the $75,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Sunday at the 49th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC and sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC.
Only three of the 41 entries qualified for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 13-jump, 16-effort first-round course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany. After the first 26 entries failed to go clean, the youngest rider in the class, 18-year-old McKayla Langmeier of (USA) turned in the first clean round on Iliano Van D’Abelendreef gelding (Ogano Sitte x Skippy II). She was soon joined in the jump-off by Babington and 2011 Pan American Games double Gold Medalist Christine McCrea (USA) who was clean on Nektarina B.
Langmeier, who just a few hours earlier had won the horse show’s $10,000 Mirror Lake Inn Junior Jumper Classic, blazed over the 8-jump, jump-off course on her 10-year-old, Belgian Warmblood, finishing in 35.676 seconds, but a rail down at the final fence cost her four faults.
Babington then took the lead with a clean ride in 35.693 seconds on Mark Q, his 16-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Obos Quality x Positively) who won Lake Placid’s I Love New York Grand Prix in 2013. McCrea matched Babington’s clean round on her 13-year-old, Holsteiner mare (Nekton x Lancer II) but her time of 37.019 left her in second place, giving Babington his second win in three years after having won the class in 2016 on Shorapur.
Kevin Babington (IRL) & Mark Q
“I thought the course designer did a good job,” Babington said. “The faults were spread out all over the course so there wasn’t any one spot tripping people up, although the double caught a lot of horses. Anytime you have an airy vertical to an oxer, it’s hard enough but then adding gray to it with a left drift, well there was a lot going on there.
“Mark Q really likes it here in Lake Placid which also holds a special place in my heart. This is the first horse show I ever came to when I first came to this country back in 1988 and my family and I love it here. We wouldn’t miss it for anything.”
Following an off day on Monday, the I Love New York Horse Show begins, running July 3-8. Highlights include the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix on Saturday, July 7 and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition on Sunday, July 8.
Source: Press Release by Classic Communications
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