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McLain Ward wins Opening Day Feature at 25th Annual I Love New York Horse Show

Lake Placid, NY – July 3, 2002 – McLain Ward of Brewster, NY swept the top two places in the Phelps School Power and Speed Stake Wednesday to open the 25th annual I Love New York Horse Show.

Ward, the top ranked rider on the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Show Jumping Rider List and winner of last month’s $50,000 Rolex USET Show Jumping Championship, rode two of the eight penalty-free rides turned in by the 18 entries over the nine-jump power portion of the course at the North Elba Showgrounds. He then completed the seven-jump speed section fault-free in 33.428 seconds to claim the win on Farrah.

Ward also clinched second place with two fault-free rides and a time of 39.208 seconds on Galant. USET veteran Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ finished third with four faults and a time of 35.754 seconds over the speed section on New Flame.

More than 1200 horses and the nation’s best show jumping riders are at the I Love New York Horse Show which continues through Sunday. The highlight of the I Love New York Horse Show is the $50,000 I Love New York Grandprix on Saturday, July 6. Saturday’s schedule also features the horse show’s 10th annual Doggie Costume Contest sponsored by Lonesome Landing of Saranac Lake and the Brown Dog Deli and Wine Bar of Lake Placid. All people who bring leashed dogs in costume to the horse show on July 6 are admitted free. All dogs in the contest receive prizes and everyone is invited to stay and watch the Grandprix.

The horse show schedule also includes North American League (NAL) classes, Adult/Children's Jumper events and Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic series events for junior riders and amateur-owner riders on Saturday, July 6. Following the Hall of Fame amateur-owner event, the $10,000 Pin Oak Farm Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, the horse show will present the Jimmy Quinn Award to the leading amateur-owner rider of the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows.

The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows are made possible through the generosity of many supporters and sponsors. Sponsors for the 2002 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows include A&M Beverages, Inc., Adirondack Rustic, American Grandprix Association, Anonymous, Ariat, Brandy Parfums, Inc., Budweiser/Anheuser-Busch, Inc., C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery, Inc., Jane F. Clark, Lisa A. H. Cudahy, Der-Dau Custom Made Boots, David Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Golden Arrow Hotel, Hilton Lake Placid Resort, Jaguar, Juliam Farm, Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors’ Bureau, Lake Placid Lodge, Land Rover, Lonesome Landing, M & M Mars, McDonalds, Miller’s Harness Company, Mirror Lake Inn, Moss Communications, Nicola’s Family Restaurants, On a Fence Designs and Rentals, ORDA-Whiteface Mountain, the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group, Inc., Pin Oak Farm, Price Chopper, Red Kap Sales, Inc./Citgo, Salamander Farm, Sand Castle Farm, Sidelines, Supracor, The Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, The Country Saddler, Ltd., The Hooker Family, The Phelps School, The Phillips Family, Town of North Elba Park District, Trelawny Farm, Turtle Lane Farm, Unusual Silver, Wild Horse Winery, and WPTZ News Channel 5.

The horse show features four rings of action with competition running from 8:00 a.m. to late afternoon. Admission to the I Love New York Horse Shows is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate. Guided walking tours of the Lake Placid Horse Shows are available at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday through Friday, for just $1.00. Tours leave from the Lake Placid Horse Show retail booth.

For more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at (518) 523-9625 or visit the web site at


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