Ryan, winner of last year’s $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix at Lake Placid and second place finisher in this year’s FEI WorldCup Finals, was fifth out of a field of 44 horses to try the 13-jump, one-round course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany. He set a tough mark to beat with a clean ride in 53.767 seconds. None of the remaining competitors could come close to his time until Laura Chapot, the second-to-last rider of the day, rode clean and fast on Out of Ireland. However, her time of 56.542 seconds left her short of Ryan’s time although it did prove good enough for second place.
Earlier in the day, Stella Manship rode Liismeen Ludam and Cormac Hanley rode Copain Z to victory in the two sections of the $1,200 Lake Placid Lodge 1.30m Jumper Class. In the $1,500 Adirondack Life 1.35m Jumper Class, Sloane Coles rode to the win on Copias. Placing second was Laura Chapot on Cybel II followed by Devin Ryan on Chagrand.
The 2018 Lake Placid Horse Show runs through Sunday, highlighted by Sunday’s $75,000 Prevost Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix. The I Love New York Horse Show follows, July 3-8, highlighted by the $100,000 Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix on Saturday, July 7. The show also includes the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby Presented by Eastern Hay & Purina Animal Nutrition on Sunday, July 8.
The 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.