Articles: Press Release
All Goes Welles at 2006 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810,
Lake Placid, NY-July 10, 2006-Jeffery Welles of
rode Armani to a sweep of the $60,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid
3* Presented by RV Sales of Broward and the $60,000 Hermes Grandprix
Presented by the Heidegger Family to highlight the 2006 Lake Placid and
Love New York Horse Shows.
Welles and Armani became the first to win the $25,000 Hidden
Creek Challenge that is given to any horse-and-rider combination that
both the Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid and the Hermes Grandprix.
Although the feat had actually been accomplished three times previously
Leslie Burr on McLain in 1985, Burr on Pressurized in 1989, and Debbie
Dolan-Sweeney on Quantum Leap in 1995), this marked the first time in
five years since the Hidden Creek Challenge was initiated that someone
pulled it off.
"I was thinking about winning the Hidden Creek Challenge
week after winning the first Grandprix," said Welles. "Armani is a
horse and went so well two weeks in a row. I knew I couldn't be
conservative in the jump-off-if I was going to win it I knew I just
go for it!"
Welles was also awarded the Richard and Diana Feldman
Challenge Trophy for Excellence that is given to the rider with the most
total prize money in Lake Placid's two Grand Prix events.
In the $60,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid CSI 3* Presented by RV
Sales of Broward, Welles rode Armani to victory over a 34-horse field to
close the 37th annual Lake Placid Horse Show.
Welles, 44, was the first to try the 16-jump, first-round
at the North Elba Showgrounds and he guided his 11-year-old, Dutch
with whom he was named to the five-rider U.S. squad for the show jumping
World Championships at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany in
August to a fault-free ride.
The next 22 entries tried and failed to match Welles's
ride until Simon Nizri of Mexico City turned the trick on Cataro Ask, a
12-year-old Holsteiner. When the remaining entries failed to go clean
the Pierre Jolicoeur-designed course it came down to a two-horse
between Welles, who had also won the event in 2000 on S&L Riviera, and
Nizri, who was competing at Lake Placid for the first time.
Welles returned first over the nine-jump tiebreaker course
turned in another fault-free ride, finishing in 47.70 seconds. Nizri,
then finished in 49.49 seconds, giving Welles his first win of the year.
"Generally, the preference is to see a few horses go first
not lead off the class," said Welles, "but it was really less of a
today. There were very few options in striding and the horse had jumped
well all week. The only concern might have been the time, but I just
as smooth and direct as I could and we finished well under."
In the $60,000 Hermes Grandprix CSI 3*, Welles was one of
entries from the starting field of 37 to qualify for the jump-off by
fault-free over the 17-jump, first-round course designed by Richard
For the second straight week he was the first to return for the
and he rode fault-free over the 7-jump tiebreaker course with a time of
30.36 seconds. Amazingly, given the depth of quality in the jump-off
his score held up.
Placing second was McLain Ward, also of Brewster, NY, who
completed the jump-off with no faults in a time of 31.08 on Sapphire.
went to Paige Johnson of The Plains, VA who finished the jump-off with
penalties in 32.32 seconds on Kadena R. Fourth place went to 2004
Olympic champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil who had the only other clean
in the jump-off and a time of 32.82 seconds on Capitano.
Also completing a sweep of the premier events in his
was Louis Jacobs of East Aurora, NY who rode Kachina to victory in both
$10,000 Mirror Lake Inn High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and the
Charlotte Bobcats Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic. Both classes are member
events of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, a
tour for junior and amateur-owner riders with year-end championship
at the National Horse Show in Wellington, FL in November.
Winning the two Junior Hall of Fame Classics were Julie
of West Simsbury, CT who rode Felix Des Noues to victory in the $10,000
Pepsi Bottling Company High Junior Jumper Classic and Heather Dobbs of
Sussex, NJ who rode Cobreitti to victory in the Marantz Family High
Jumper Classic. The standings of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper
Classic Series help determine which junior riders and which
riders qualify to ride in the 2006 National Horse Show in Wellington,
Other feature class winners at the Lake Placid Horse Show included:
1.30m Adirondack Store Jump-off - Laura Chapot on Chili Pepper
Turtle Lane Farm Open Jumper Classic CSI 3* -- Addison Phillips on
Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club Lake Placid NAL Open Speed Stake -
Chapot on Sprite
1.45m Whiteface Mountain Open Jumper Stake - Todd Minikus on Mondego
Y106.3 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic - Brian Sweeney on Kinetic
The Whiteface Lodge NAL Adult Amateur Jumper Classic - Wendy Nunn on
Adirondack Life Low Junior Jumper Classic - Catherine Tonnelier on
Hilton Lake Placid Resort 1.40m Speed Challenge - Laura Chapot on
Bainbridge Farms LLC NAL Adult Amateur Hunter Classic - Glen Senk on
Bainbridge Farms LLC Junior/Amateur-Owner Hunter Classic - Jennifer
NAL Children's Hunter Classic - Alexandra Thornton on Tobasco
Feature class winners at the I Love New York Horse Show included:
WPTZ News Channel 5 1.35m Class - McLain Ward on Galant
1.45m Farm & Ranch Magazine Open Speed Stake - Margie Engle on Hidden
The $25,000 Leone Family Open Jumper Classic CSI 3* -- Laura Chapot on
1.40m Wild Horse Winery NAL Open Speed Stake - Darragh Kerins on Far
1.40m Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau Speed Challenge - Eliza
Lehrman on Lada
Nicola's Restaurants 1.45m Open Jumper class - McLain Ward on
Whiteface Lodge WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Classic - Joelle Savino on
The Levy Family Low Junior Jumper Classic - Brianne Goutal on Mon
Y106.3 Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic - Katrina Woods on Susdal
Price Chopper WIHS Children's Jumper Classic (age 15-17) - Allyson
Price Chopper WIHS Children's Jumper Classic (age 14 and under) -
Tromp on Amelia
Pony Hunter Classic - Bretton Chad on Newsworthy
Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship - Sloane Coles
The Lake Placid Horse Show's champions took center stage
Richard M. Feldman Grandprix Field when they paraded in the C.M.
Saddlery Parade of Champions. During the I Love New York Horse Show,
champions were honored during the Woodlea Farms Parade of Champions.
Also holding center stage during the first week were the
show's youngest competitors, all under age 7, who got their chance to
in the Richard M. Feldman Grandprix Field during the Juliam Farm Lead
Class, always a favorite at Lake Placid.
Featured during the I Love New York Horse Show was the 14th
annual Doggie Costume Contest, sponsored by the Lonesome Landing Garden
Center of Saranac Lake and the Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar of Lake
More than 25 dogs participated in one of the most popular and fun events
the Lake Placid Horse Shows. Top honors went to Fidget and Sarsell,
owned by Charlotte and Melissa Jacobs. The dogs were dressed as
Also honored were Scout, a two-year-old English Springer
owned by Billy Bellos of Lake Placid who was honored as Best Local Entry
his costume, "A Dollar and a Dream;" and Snip, an 11-year-old
Russell cross owned by Henry Oliver who was dressed as "Little Red
Hood." Snip won the Lulu Award for funniest costume.
The horse shows also hosted their annual Girl Scouts Day and
Animal Planet Kids' Day. More than 100 youngsters turned out for each
these two days that included tours of the grounds, sessions with
veterinarians, farriers and other show officials, as well as autograph
sessions with Olympic riders Lisa Jacquin and Margie Engle and young
such as Brianne Goutal who was featured on Animal Planet's hit
series, "Horsepower," that focused on the road to the 2005 Maclay
which were won by Goutal.
During the first week, the horse show hosted members of the 1972 U.S.
Olympic hockey team that pulled off a major upset by winning the Silver
Medal. The team's story is featured in a new book, "Striking
written by Tom and Jerry Caraccioli.
The Market was selected as the winner of the Lake Placid
Shows' 19th annual Window Decorating Contest. This marked a record
time that The Market has won the contest after having claimed top honors
previously in 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996 (tie) and 2004.
Held in conjunction with the Lake Placid and I Love New York
Horse Shows, the window decorating contest provides a horse show look
shoppers and strollers in Lake Placid. The contest combines the charm
the Lake Placid village with equestrian-inspired ingenuity at which
and strollers marvel.
Sponsors of the 2006 Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse
were A&M Beverages, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Adirondack Life,
Store, American Grandprix Association, Animal Planet, Anonymous,
Farms LLC, Barbara & Michael Bitterman, Brandy Parfums, Ltd., The Brown
Cafe and Wine Bar, Budweiser, Carr-Hughes Productions, The Charlotte
Bobcats, Chronicle of the Horse, Jane Forbes Clark, C.M. Hadfield's
Saddlery, Inc., Clothes Line Laundry, The Cottage Cafe, The Country
Ltd., Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club, David R. Fowler Custom Tack
Deeridge Farms, Der Dau Custom Boots and Shoes, Ecogold, Equifit, Farm
Ranch Magazine, Fox Run, Ltd., Golden Arrow Hotel, Grill 211, Mr. James
Harpel, The Heidegger Family, Hermes, Hilton Lake Placid Resort, The
Family, Horse Watch, James Leslie Parker Photography, Juliam Farm, The
Kessler Family, Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau, Lake Placid
The Leone Family, The Levy Family, Lonesome Landing Garden Center, The
Marantz Family, McDonald's, Mirror Lake Inn, Moss Communications,
Horse, Mr. Mike's Pizza & Pasta, Muirfield Insurance, Nicola's On
North Elba Park District, On a Fence Designs & Rentals, ORDA/Whiteface
Mountain, The Pepsi Bottling Group, The Phillips Family, Price Chopper,
Jeffrey Prosser, Red-Kap Sales, Royal Reflections, Ruthie's Run, RV
of Broward, Sand Castle Farm, Michael & Lora Schultz, Sidelines, SLVR by
Aerogear, Stretton Enterprises, Turtle Lane Farm, The Weeks Family, The
Whiteface Lodge, Wild Horse Wines, Woodlea Farms, WPTZ News Channel 5,
Y106.3 - Mountain Communications LLC.
For more information, please call the Lake Placid Horse Show
Association at (518) 523-9625 or visit
Results of the 2006 Lake Placid Horse Show are available on
Results of the 2006 I Love New York Horse Show are available