LAKE PLACID — Darragh Kenny of Ireland won the 1.45m Whiteface Mountain Open Jumper Stake on Wednesday at the 43rd annual Lake Placid Horse Show, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.
Debbie Stephens of Palmetto, Fla. was the first rider to try the 13-jump first-round course at the North Elba Showgrounds and she rode Swagger to a fault-free ride, one of six ultimately turned in. She then rode fault-free again over the seven-jump, jump-off course finishing in 36.508 seconds. Two rides later, Kenny returned to the ring on Sandor De La Pomme and his time of 34.749 seconds moved Stephens out of the lead and proved good enough for the win.
Stephens placed second and Michael Dorman of Jamison, Pa. finished third with a jump-off time of 38.623 seconds on Seventh Fee.
Other winners on Wednesday included Kaitlin Campbell on Grand Pleasure in the 1.35m Lake Placid Summit Resort Hotel & Suites Jumper Class; Benjamin Simpkins on Chopin Z in the Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; Charlotte Jacobs on Kachina in the Junior Jumper class; and Luis Larrazabal on G&C Leroy, Darragh Kenny on Winchester and Kenny again on Cyrina Z in the three sections of the 1.30m Saratoga Eagle Jumper Class.
The Lake Placid Horse Show continues through Sunday when it culminates with the $75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix of Lake Placid. It is followed by the 35th annual I Love New York Horse Show, July 3-8, which is highlighted by the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC., on Saturday, July 7. Following the $75,000 Woodlea Farms Grand Prix, the Richard and Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence is awarded to the rider who has won the most combined prize money in Lake Placid’s two Grand Prix.
Thursday, June 28 —
Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Class; 1.30m WPTZ News Channel 5 Jumper Class; The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper Classes; 1.45m Beacon Hill Horse Transportation Open Jumper Class; 1.40m High Peaks Resort Open Jumper Class, Bainbridge Companies’ Hunter Classes
Friday, June 29 —
1.35m ADK Flying Svc Jumper Class; Devoucoux Inc. Open Jumper Classic, Deeridge Farms Amateur-Owner Jumper Classes; 1.40m J.Lohr Vineyards & Wines Open Jumper Stake, Ariat Adult Medal Hunter Class, USEF Pony Classes
Saturday, June 30 —
Crowne Plaza Resort North American League (NAL) Adult Amateur Jumper Classics; Adirondack Life Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Sidelines Low Junior Jumper Classic; 1.35m Jamaica Tent class; The Hooker Family Children’s Jumper Classes
Sunday, July 1 —
$75,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix of Lake Placid, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC.; Pepsi Beverages Company Junior Jumper Classic; FarmVet High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic; Juliam Farm Lead Line Class; C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery Parade of Champions; Price Chopper NAL and WIHS Children’s Jumper Classics; Horse Show Services NAL Adult Amateur Hunter Classics