Articles: Press Release
Margie Engle Wins $50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grand Prix At 26th Annual
I Love New York Horse Show
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Lake Placid, NY—July 5, 2003—Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL won
the $50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grand Prix for an unprecedented third
consecutive year Saturday at the 26th annual I Love New York Horse Show.
Engle’s win was the 114th of her career, adding to her U.S. record. The
Sydney Olympic veteran and seven-time American Grandprix Association (AGA)
Rider of the Year rode Hidden Creek’s Jones to one of eight fault-free rides
turned in by the starting field of 31 over the 16-jump, first-round course
at the North Elba Showgrounds.
Two-time AGA Rider of the Year McLain Ward of Brewster, NY took the lead
halfway through the tiebreaking jump-off when he finished the eight-jump,
tiebreaker course fault-free in 41.030 seconds on the 7-year-old,
Belgian-bred mare, Sapphire, the youngest horse in the competition. Two
rides later, Engle moved Ward out of the lead when she rode her 12-year-old,
Dutch-bred gelding to a clean ride in 40.169 seconds to claim her sixth
Grand Prix win at Lake Placid, second to the record seven won by two-time
Olympic medalist Leslie Burr Howard of Westport, CT.
Third place went to four-time Olympian Anne Kursinski of Flemington, NJ who
finished with a fault-free jump-off ride in 42.924 seconds on Great Point.
Kursinski also finished fourth with a four-fault jump-off ride in 40.561
seconds on Indeed.
Following the Grand Prix, Ward received the horse show’s Richard and Diana
Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence, presented to the rider
who competed in both the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid and the
$50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grand Prix and won the most combined prize
money. Ward finished second in both Grand Prix to earn $22,000 combined
Saturday’s action also included two Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic
series events for junior riders and amateur/owner riders—the Salamander Farm
High Junior Jumper Classic, won by Katrina Woods on Susdal, and the Golden
Arrow Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, won by Louis Jacobs on Santa Cruz.
Points earned in these two Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series
events help determine which junior and amateur/owner riders will qualify to
compete in the 2003 National Horse Show in Wellington, FL.
The closing day of this year’s horse show, Sunday, will feature the Price
Chopper Adult Amateur Jumper Classic and WIHS Children’s Jumper Classic.
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
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, Hermes, 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 Cafe &
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 on Sunday is $5.00 for adults
with children under the age of 12 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 www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.