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McLain Ward Wins The Phelps School Open Stake To Kick Off the 26th Annual I Love New York Horse Show

Lake Placid, NY—July 2, 2003— McLain Ward of Brewster, NY won The Phelps School Open Stake to highlight opening day competition at the 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show.

Thirteen of 33 entries qualified for the tiebreaking jump-off by riding without penalty over the 14-jump first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds. The first of these 13 to ride penalty-free over the seven-jump tiebreaker course was four-time Olympic veteran Anne Kursinski of Flemington, NJ. Kursinski took a temporary lead when she finished the jump-off in 39.030 seconds on Sincere.

Peter Leone of Greenwich, CT, Kursinski’s 1996 Silver Medal Olympic teammate, moved her out of the lead when he finished the jump-off fault-free in 38.451 seconds. His lead held until Ward, a two-time American Grandprix Association (AGA) Rider of the Year, mastered the course designed by Pierre Jolicoeur fault-free in 37.234 seconds. The final three entries in the jump-off failed to top Ward’s time, giving him the win. Leone’s time held for second place and Kursinski finished third.

The I Love New York Horse Show continues through Sunday with its main event, the $50,000 Hermès I Love New York Grand Prix, scheduled for Saturday. Following Saturday’s Grand Prix, the horse show will award the Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence, presented to the rider who competed in both grand prix events at the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows and won the most combined prize money.

Saturday’s action also includes two Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic series events for junior riders and amateur/owner riders—the Salamander Farm High Junior Jumper Classic and the Golden Arrow Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Points earned in these two Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series events will help determine which junior and amateur/owner riders will qualify to compete in the 2003 National Horse Show in Wellington, FL.

Those attending the horse show on Saturday are invited to dress up their dogs and parade them in the 11th annual Doggie Costume Contest that begins at 12:00 noon. The Doggie Costume Contest is sponsored by The Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar of Lake Placid and by Lonesome Landing of Saranac Lake. All people with leashed dogs in costume are admitted to the horse show free of charge on Doggie Costume Day. Arrive at 11:30 a.m. for sign up and registration by the ring for the fun and treats that are presented to all entrants.

Other highlights of the I Love New York Horse Show include the Lake Placid Resort Open Speed Stake and the Pin Oak Farm Open Jumper Welcome Stake on Thursday; the Nicola’s Restaurants Open Jumper class on Friday; and the Price Chopper Adult Amateur Jumper Classic and WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic on Sunday. Both of these Classics are member events of the WIHS Championship series and count as bonus points towards the Championships held at the Washington International Horse Show. Sunday also features the Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship, the $1,000 Pony Hunter Classic, and numerous hunter and equitation divisions.

Sponsors 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. Hadfield’s 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, Kiehl’s 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, McDonald’s of Lake Placid, Moss Communications, Nicola’s 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 5.

Admission to the I Love New York Horse Show is $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00 on the weekend. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate. For more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at (518) 523-9625 or visit


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