Lake Placid, New York, USA – July 5, 2018 — Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist McLain Ward (USA) celebrated his return to Lake Placid with a win in the $30,000 FarmVet Jumper Classic Thursday at the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 49th annual Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC and sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC.
Nine of 35 entries reached the tiebreaking jump-off by riding clean over the 13-jump, 16-effort first-round course designed by Michel Vaillancort. Ward, the 2017 FEI World Cup champion and currently the world’s number two ranked rider, was the first to tackle the eight-jump jump-off course and he rode HH Gigi’s Girl to a clean ride in 37.634 seconds to set the mark to beat.
None of the remaining entries could catch Ward’s score. Coming closest was Irish Olympic veteran Kevin Babington (IRL), winner of last Sunday’s $75,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix. Babington placed second on Super Chilled with a fault-free jump-off ride in 38.303 seconds. Third place went to Catherine Tyree (USA) with a clean jump-off ride in 39.672 seconds on Enjoy Louis.
McLain Ward (USA) & HH Gigi’s Girl during the awards ceremony
The I Love New York Horse Show continues daily through Sunday. Highlights include the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix on Saturday and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition on Sunday.
The two Lake Placid Horse Shows offer over $535,000 in prize money and feature the nation’s best horses and riders competing in four show rings. The horse shows offers more than 100 classes of competition each week for all levels of competition ranging from young children on ponies to grand prix and Olympic competitors. Each show is USEF ‘AA’ rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers.
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.
All Lake Placid Horse Show action can be seen live on the Lake Placid Horse Show website at: www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com
The webcasts, sponsored by ShowNet, include all four rings. The Grand Prix webcasts are presented by Marshall & Sterling.
Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman / Classic Communications for Lake Placid Horse Shows
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