34th Annual Lake Placid Horse Show Comes to Dramatic
Marilyn Little Wins $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid
Placid, NYJune 30, 2003The 34th annual Lake Placid Horse
Show, which began on June 25, came to a spectacular conclusion on
Sunday, June 29. Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD, won the Whitney
Perpetual Challenge Trophy with her victory in the $50,000 Budweiser
Grandprix of Lake Placid, a member event of the American Grandprix
21, gained her seventh Grandprix win with two fault-free rides and
a jump-off time of 42.832 seconds. Little, who graduated Magna Cum
Laude from Wake Forest University on May 19, was one of seven entries
from the starting field of 29 to reach the jump-off by riding without
penalty over the 13-jump first-round course designed by 1996 Atlanta
Olympic course designer Linda Allen.
fifth to try the eight-jump, jump-off course at the North Elba Showgrounds
in Lake Placid, NY, Little rode Hertel Landman, owned by her familys
Raylyn Farms of Frederick, MD, with daring. Her time moved her ahead
of two-time AGA Rider of the Year McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, who
wound up second with a time of 43.563 seconds on Hurricane, and
Sydney Olympic veteran Margie Goldstein-Engle of Wellington, FL,
who placed third with a time of 44.197 seconds on Hidden Creeks
jump-off was very intimidating because of who was in it, said
Little. Having McLain and Margie and Anne (Kursinski) all
go before me had me thinking that maybe second or third wouldnt
be so bad. But then I got in the ring and it all worked out.
win made it two in two days for Little who also won Saturdays
Hilton Resort Open Jumper Stake on Champigny, owned by Bernard Carl
of Washington, DC. Little was one of only five entries from the
field of 25 to qualify for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without
penalty over the 13-jump first-round course. She then completed
the six-jump jump-off course fault-free in 29.202 seconds to take
the win away from Engle, who had been leading with a clean ride
and a time of 30.892 seconds on Hidden Creeks Wapino.
back-to-back wins gave the former Lake Placid Junior Jumper Champion
her best Lake Placid Horse Show ever!
equestrian action packed the five days of the 2003 Lake Placid Horse
Show from start to finish. On opening day, Wednesday, June 25, Ward
swept the top two places in the Wild Horse Winery Speed Challenge.
claimed the win by turning in the fastest penalty-free ride over
the one-round course. His time of 60.700 seconds on LaBelle gave
him the win over the 27-horse field. Ward also claimed the second
spot by finishing in 62.162 seconds on Pinocchio. The third and
fourth places went to Engle, who finished with a time of 63.520
seconds on Julius and 63.985 seconds on Camille.
U.S. Olympic veteran Anne Kursinski of Flemington, NJ, claimed the
top two places in the Whiteface Mountain Jump-Off, Thursdays
featured event at the 34th annual Lake Placid Horse Show.
of the 34 entries turned in fault-free rides over the 13-jump first-round
course. Nine of these then rode fault-free over the seven-jump second-round
course, and Kursinski claimed the win with the fastest fault-free
time of 31.690 seconds on Sun God. The 1983 Pan American Games double
Gold Medalist also took second place by finishing the jump-off in
31.990 seconds on Great Point.
Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ, rode to victory in both featured
open jumper classes on Friday. The 31-year-old daughter of Olympic
veterans Frank and Mary Chapot won the Lake Placid Resort North
American League (NAL) Speed Stake on Three Coins and the Turtle
Lane Farm Welcome Stake on Little Big Man.
earned her win in the speed stake by completing the 13-jump one-round
course in the days fastest time of 57.441 seconds. The 26th
of 28 entries, Chapot took the win away from Engle, a seven-time
AGA Rider of the Year, who had been leading throughout most of the
class with a time of 58.257 seconds on Camille.
the Welcome Stake, Chapot edged Kursinski with a fast ride at the
end of the class. Chapot was one of only three entries from the
starting field of 20 to reach a tiebreaking jump-off by riding without
penalty over the 15-jump first-round course. She then rode fault-free
over the eight-jump second-round course. Her time of 35.357 seconds
proved good enough to beat Kursinski, who had been leading with
a time of 36.072 seconds on Indeed.
2003 Lake Placid Horse Shows will continue with the I Love New York
Horse Show, a second week of action-packed equestrian competition
at the North Elba Showgrounds in Lake Placid, NY. Following off
days on Monday and Tuesday, the I Love New York Horse Show opens
on Wednesday, July 2 and continues through Sunday, July 6. The weeks
featured event, the $50,000 Hermès I Love New York Grandprix,
is scheduled for Saturday, July 5.
for the 2003 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows include
A&M Beverages, Inc., Adirondack Life, American Grandprix Association,
Anonymous, Ariat International, Inc., Bayer Legend, Brandy Parfums,
Inc., Budweiser/Anheuser Busch, Inc., C.M. Hadfields Saddlery,
Inc., David R. Fowler Custom Tack Trunks, Der Dau Custom Made Boots
& Shoes, Enterprise rent-a-car, Fox Run Ltd., Golden Arrow Hotel,
Hermès, Hilton Lake Placid Resort, Jane Forbes Clark, Juliam
Farm, Kiehls Since 1851, Lake Placid Resort, Lake Placid/Essex
County Visitors Bureau, Lisa A. H. Cudahy, Lonesome Landing,
M&M Mars, Mirror Lake Inn/The Cottage, McDonalds of Lake
Placid, Moss Communications, Nicolas Family Restaurants, Barbara
Nugent and Michael Bitterman, On a Fence Designs and Rentals, ORDA-Whiteface
Mountain, The Country Saddler, The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc., Pin
Oak Farm, Price Chopper, Red Kap Sales, Inc./CITGO, Salamander Farm,
Sand Castle Farm/The Dammerman Family, Shamrock Ventures LLC, Sidelines,
The Brown Dog Café & Wine Bar, The Hooker Family, The
Levy Family, The Phelps School, The Phillips Family, Town of North
Elba Park District, Trelawny Farm, Turtle Lane Farm, Unusual Silver,
U.S. Olympic Spirit Stores, Wild Horse Winery and WPTZ News Channel
to the Lake Placid Horse Show on Sunday is $5.00 with children under
the age of 12 admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate.
For more information, including Lake Placid Horse Show results,
please visit www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com
or call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at (518) 523-9625.