Lake Placid, New York, USA – July 08, 2023 – A dramatic win by Jordan Coyle (IRL) of Ireland in the $75,000 Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix, presented by Kadley Farm highlighted the I Love New York Horse Show, the second week of the 2023 Lake Placid Horse Shows (LPHS), sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC, and presented by Sea Shore Stables.
Celebrating 54 years of equestrian tradition and awarding more than $600,000 in prize money, LPHS hosts competitions for riders of all levels and ages ranging from young children on polished ponies, to glistening hunters, to Olympic veterans aboard their grand prix mounts. Competition at the North Elba Showgrounds is held in four spectacular show rings – the Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix Field, the E.R. Mische Jumper Ring, the EquiJet Main Hunter Ring, and the Kovacs Williams Hunter Ring.
Coyle rode eighth of the nine who reached the jump-off by riding fault-free over the 16-effort first-round course designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral of Portugal, course designer for this year’s FEI World Cup Finals. He and For Gold, Falkirk Farm LLC’s 12-year-old Holsteiner gelding, turned in a blazing ride over the eight-jump tiebreaker course, finishing clean in 34.568 seconds to take the lead from five-time U.S. Olympian McLain Ward (USA) who had just moved into first with a clean ride in 35.276 seconds on First Lady.
The final entry, Jimmy Torano (USA) on Chewbacca HCC, winner of last week’s $75,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix Presented by Alliant Private Client, finished clean in 35.328 seconds to finish fourth. Third place went to McLain Ward (USA) on Cedric 84 with a clean ride in 35.282 seconds, and Torano took fifth on Kochio Z with a clean ride in 36.498 seconds. Torano’s two top-five placements, coupled with last week’s win, earned him the Richard & Diana Feldman Perpetual Trophy for Excellence for the best combined finishes in Lake Placid’s two Grand Prix events.
“He’s a new horse to me,” Coyle said. “My wife’s been a little frustrated with me that I haven’t been going fast enough with him. Everything we’ve jumped, he’s been in the top five but today I threw everything at it, and I’d say he’s pretty good at going fast! He’s a phenomenal horse, and he’s quite easy to ride so he makes my job easy. He felt fantastic today. Any day you can beat McLain Ward, you’re doing pretty well!”
A USEF Heritage Competition, the LPHS shows are part of the World Championship Hunter Rider (WCHR) Awards Program and feature classes that are part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, North American League (NAL) and Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) series.
The LPHS also offers superb shopping in the boutique vendor area. Local Adirondack artists, products, clothing and apparel are featured, as well as real estate, photography, a variety of equine-related shops, a booth with official Lake Placid Horse Shows commemorative sportswear and merchandise, and an assortment of dining options with culinary delights. Many special events also take place throughout the horse shows that are entertaining for the whole family.
There are endless activities to do away from the horse show while in the Lake Placid region, making it the ideal vacation spot for families coming to the horse shows. Outdoor activities include kayaking, tubing, hiking, fishing, boating, cycling, paddling, rock climbing, swimming, golf and so much more. The quaint town of Lake Placid also has a great variety of shops and a plethora of restaurants.
Located in the historic Olympic town of Lake Placid, New York, the annual Lake Placid Horse Shows (LPHS) offer two weeks of exciting equestrian competition in a setting no other horse show can match. The meticulously landscaped North Elba Showgrounds are surrounded by breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows wish to thank the following sponsors for their support of this year’s shows:
1800 Tequila, Adirondack Life, Alliant Private Client, Anonymous, Bainbridge Farms, LLC, The Boyd Family, Charles Ancona, Clip My Horse, C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery, CMJ Sporthorse, Community Bank, NA, Crowne Plaza Lake Placid, Dark Horse Fence, Dartbrook Rustic Goods, David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Deeridge Farms, Der Dau Custom Boots and Shoes, Eastern Hay, Empire Merchants North, EquiJet, FarmVet, Inc., Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Grand Craft Boats, Great American Insurance Group, Hampton Inn, High Peaks Cyclery, High Peaks Resort, The Hooker Family, Horseshoe Trail Farm, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Juliam Farm, Kadley Farms, LLC, Kind Media, Lake Placid CVB, Lake Placid Flower & Gift, Jeff Lukens Horse Transportation, Inc., Mirror Lake Inn/The Cottage Café, The Morrissey Family, Morrissey Management Group, NBC 5, North Elba Park District, North Star, On a Fence Designs, Parlanti, Pepsico, Pure Placid, Purina Animal Nutrition, RobinsonRidge, Rood & Riddle Saratoga Equine Hospital, Sagamore Farm, Saratoga Horseworks, Sea Shore Stables, LLC, ShowNet, LLC, Sidelines, Stretton Enterprises, The Clothes Horse, Town of North Elba, Village of Lake Placid.
The Lake Placid Horse Show Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization. Further information is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or online at www.lakeplacidhorseshows.org.
Final Results – $75,000 Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix
1) Jordan Coyle (IRL) & For Gold – 0 / 0 – 34.568
2) McLain Ward (USA) & Lady – 0 / 0 – 35.276
3) McLain Ward (USA) & Cedric 84 – 0 / 0 – 35.282
Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman / Classic Communications for Lake Placid Horse Shows
Photos: © Kind Media