Lake Placid, NY - July 2, 2009 - Darragh Kenny of Ireland rode Gael Force to victory in the $30,000 Intercat Inc. Open Jumper Classic CSI 2* Thursday at the 32nd Annual I Love New York Horse Show.
Twelve entries from the starting field of 39 at the North Elba Showgrounds qualified for the tiebreaking jump-off with fault-free rides over the 16-jump, first round course designed by Show Jumping Hall of Famer Conrad Homfeld. Midway through the eight-jump tiebreaker, 20-year-old Brianne Goutal took the lead with a clean ride in 37.88 seconds on Ralvesther, the Dutch-bred mare on whom she won last Sunday's $75,000 RV Sales of Broward Grandprix of Lake Placid for the Whitney Perpetual Challenge Trophy.
Goutal's lead held for the next four rides until Jeff Welles rode Tango to a clean ride in a time of 37.69 seconds. The day's final rider was Kenny and the 21-year-old rider moved Welles out of the lead and claimed the win by finishing fault-free in 35.50 seconds.
Earlier in the day, Katrina Woods and Susdal won the Weeks Family Amateur-Owner Jumper Class and Laura Chapot and Bradberry won the J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines North American League (NAL) Open Speed Stake.
The I Love New York Horse Show continues through Sunday. Saturday's Fourth of July schedule features the week's main event, the $75,000 Hermes Grandprix. Prior to the Grandprix is the horse show's 17th Annual Doggie Costume Contest. All people with leashed dogs in costume are admitted to the horse show free of charge.
The contest's co-sponsors, the Brown Dog Café and Wine Bar, A Placid Life and Jake Placid Doghouse, will present awards, to this year's "top dogs." Categories include "Best in Show - Local Entry," "Best in Show - Horse Show Entry," "Funniest Costume" and the top three "Overall Best." There is no entry fee, and all canine entrants go home with a special event treat bag.
Upcoming highlights of the 32nd annual I Love New York Horse Show include:
Friday, July 3 -The Hooker Family Children's Jumper Classes; The Weeks Family Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; 1.45m Champlain Valley Equipment Open Jumper Class; 1.35m Eastern Hay Jumper Class; 1.40m Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau Speed Challenge, Bobby & Melissa Murphy Pony Jumper Class; The Ariat National Adult Medal Class; The National PHA Equitation Class; Animal Planet Kids' Day, sponsored by Animal Planet, Marty Bauman of Classic Communications, Bluesberry Bakery, Crossroad's Caterers and Pizza Hut
Saturday, July 4 - $75,000 Hermès Grandprix CSI 2*; Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort High Junior Jumper Classic; Charlotte Bobcats High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Woodlea Farms Parade of Champions, The Weeks Family Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; Bobby & Melissa Murphy Pony Jumper Class; 17th Annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by the Brown Dog Café and Wine Bar, A Placid Life and Jake Placid Doghouse
Sunday, July 5 - Paradysz Farm WIHS Children's Jumper Classics; The Levy Family Low Junior Jumper Classic; Y 106.3 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship; EquiFit WIHS Adult Jumper Classics; Clifton Park Rental Center Pony Hunter Classic; Sand Castle Farm Short Stirrup Classes
The 2009 Lake Placid Horse Show and I Love New York Horse Show sponsors include A & M Beverages, A Placid Life, Adirondack Life, Adirondack Store, Alessandro Albanese, Animal Planet, Anonymous, Brandy Parfums, Ltd., Brook Ledge, Inc. Horse Transportation, The Brown Dog Café and Wine Bar, Carr-Hughes Productions, Chair 6, Champlain Valley Equipment, Charlie's Restaurant, Charlotte Bobcats, Jane Forbes Clark, C.M. Hadfield's Saddlery, Inc., Clifton Park Rental Center, The Cottage Café, Crossroad's Caterers, Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Deeridge Farms, Der Dau Custom Boots and Shoes, The Dutta Corp., Ecogold, Equifit, Farm and Ranch Magazine, Fox Run, Ltd., Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Grill 211, Mr. James Harpel, Hermès, High Peaks Resort, The Hooker Family, Horse Watch, Intercat, Inc., J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jake Placid Doghouse, Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, Juliam Farm, Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau, Lake Placid Lodge, Lake Summit Resort Hotel & Suites, The Levy Family, Lonesome Landing Garden Center,Dan & Cynthia Lufkin, Meadow Grove Farm, Mirror Lake Inn, Mountain Horse, Mr. Mike's Pizza & Pasta, Bobby & Melissa Murphy, Nicola's On Main, On a Fence Designs & Rentals, ORDA/Whiteface Mountain, Paradysz Farm, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Price Chopper, Ruthie's Run, RV Sales of Broward, Sam Edelman Shoes, Sand Castle Farm, Michael & Lora Schultz, Sidelines, Storm Ridge Capital LLC, Stretton Enterprises, Time Warner Cable, Town of North Elba Park District, The Weeks Family, Woodlea Farms, WPTZ News Channel 5, and Y106.3 - Mountain Communications LLC.
Admission to the I Love New York Horse Show is $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate. Show your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card, and your admission fee is 50% off.
The popular televsion program, Coffee at the Horse Show, is broadcast live from the I Love New York Horse Show every show day from 9:00-9:30 am and can be watched on line at http://ultrasport.tv
For more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at (518) 523-9625 or visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com
Classic Communications Media Release