Articles: Press Release
Callan Solem Wins Wild Horse Winery NAL Speed Stake at 27th Annual I Love
New York Horse Show
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Lake Placid, NY—July 8, 2004—Callan Solem of Colt's Neck, NJ rode
victory in the Wild Horse Winery North American League (NAL) Open Speed
Stake Thursday at the 27th annual I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid.
Kate Levy of Katonah, NY had taken an early lead in the class when she rode
Sampson to a time of 55.071 seconds over the 12-jump, one-round course at
the North Elba Showgrounds. Levy's lead held until Solem, the 25th of 33
entries, beat her time by finishing in 54.643 seconds.
None of the remaining entries could catch Solem, who placed third in last
week-end's $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid. One rider, however,
Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, the day's sixth-to-last entry, did actually
beat Solem's time, finishing in 52.350 seconds. However, her mount, Hidden
Creek's Charlie Brown, lowered a rail at the fourth-to-last fence adding
four penalty seconds to their time. The adjusted score of 56.350 dropped
Engle, who this Saturday will seek an unprecedented fourth consecutive win
in the $50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grandprix, to fourth place behind
Solem, Levy and the third place finisher, Lauren Bass of Gates Mills, OH who
had a time of 55.248 seconds on Lionel.
The Wild Horse Winery NAL Open Speed Stake is part of the year-long North
American League (NAL) series that features separate series in six hunter and
jumper divisions – Children's Hunter, Children's Jumper, Adult Hunter, Adult
Jumper, Pony Jumper, and Open Jumper Speed. Each series culminates with a
championship final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg,
PA, in October. Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in any
qualifying classes, but only current members earn points toward year-end
finals. For more information and a list of qualifying competitions for
2004, please visit the Ryegate Show Services website at www.Ryegate.com.
The I Love New York Horse Show continues through Sunday, July 11. The main
event is the $50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grandprix on Saturday, July 10.
Other special features include Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic
series events for junior and amateur-owner riders. The Shamrock Ventures
LLC High Junior Jumper Classic and the Charlotte Bobcats $10,000
Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic take place on Saturday, July 10. The standings
on the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series help determine which
junior riders and which amateur-owner riders will qualify to ride in the
2004 National Horse Show in Wellington, FL, in November.
Also featured on Saturday is the horse show's 12th annual Doggie Costume
Contest, sponsored by the Lonesome Landing Garden Center of Saranac Lake and
the Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar of Lake Placid. Children and adults are
invited to dress up and show off their dogs. There is no fee to enter the
contest and participants can sign up right on the show grounds. All people
with leashed dogs in costume will be admitted to the horse show at no charge
and all contestants receive prizes. The Doggie Costume Contest begins at
The 2004 I Love New York Horse Show schedule includes the Trelawny Farm
1.45m Open Jumper Stake and the WPTZ News Channel 5 1.35m Time First
Jump-Off on Wednesday, July 7; the 1.40m Wild Horse Winery NAL Open Jumper
Speed Stake and the 1.50m Pin Oak Farm Open Jumper Stake on Thursday, July
8; the Nicola's Family Restaurants 1.45m Open Jumper class, the Price
Chopper 1.40m Speed Challenge, and The Hooker Family Children's Jumper class
on Friday, July 9; the Woodlea Farms Parade of Champions on Saturday, July
10; and finishing the week at the I Love New York Horse Show is the Pepsi
Pony Hunter Classic, the Muirfield Insurance Low Amateur-Owner Jumper
Classic, the Levy Family Low Junior Jumper Classic, as well as the Lake
Placid Lodge WIHS Adult Amateur Jumper Classic and the Lake Placid/Essex
County Visitors Bureau WIHS Children's Jumper Classic on Sunday, July 11.
Both the Adult Amateur and the Children's Jumper Classics are member events
of the WIHS Championship series and these classes will count as bonus points
towards the Championships held at the Washington International Horse Show.
The I Love New York Horse Show also features a Large Junior Working Hunter
section, sponsored by the Tytel Family.
After Saturday's $50,000 Hermes I Love New York Grand Prix, the Richard and
Diana Feldman Perpetual Challenge Trophy for Excellence will be awarded to
the rider who has won the most prize money in Lake Placid's two Grand Prix
combined. This year, for the first time, the Lake Placid Horse Shows are
also offering the $25,000 Hidden Creek Challenge, with a $25,000 bonus to be
awarded to any rider who wins both the Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid
and the Hermes I Love New York Grand Prix. Laura Chapot of Neshanic
Station, NJ, winner of last Sunday's $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake
Placid, is hoping for a second straight win and the $25,000 bonus.
The 2004 Lake Placid Horse Show and I Love New York Horse Show sponsors
include A& M Beverages, Adirondack Life, Adirondack Store, American
Grandprix Association, Anonymous, Ariat International, Inc., Barbara &
Michael Bitterman, Brandy Parfums, Ltd., The Brown Dog Cafe and Wine Bar,
Budweiser, The Charlotte Bobcats, Jane Forbes Clark, C.M. Hadfield's
Saddlery, Inc., The Cottage Cafe, The Country Saddler, Ltd., David R. Fowler
Custom Tack Trunks, Der Dau Custom Boots and Shoes, Fox Run, Ltd., Golden
Arrow Hotel, Hermes, Hilton Lake Placid Resort, The Hooker Family, Horse
Watch, James Leslie Parker Photography, Juliam Farm, Lake Placid Lodge, Lake
Placid Resort Hotel & Golf Club, Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau,
The Levy Family, Lonesome Landing Garden Center, M&M Mars, McDonald's,
Mirror Lake Inn, Moss Communications, Mountain Horse, Mr. Mike's Pizza &
Pasta, Muirfield Insurance, Inc., Nicola's Over Main, North Elba Park
District, On a Fence Designs & Rentals, ORDA/Whiteface Mountain, The Pepsi
Bottling Group, The Phelps School, The Phillips Family, Pin Oak Farm,
Practical Horseman, Price Chopper, Red-Kap Sales, Ruthie's Run, Sidelines,
Shamrock Ventures LLC, SLVR by Aerogear, Trelawny Farm, Turtle Lane Farm,
The Tytel Family, Unusual Silver, U.S. Olympic Spirit Store, Wild Horse
Wines, Woodlea Farms and WPTZ News Channel 5.
Admission to I Love New York Horse Show is just $2.00 on weekdays and $5.00
on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free when
accompanied by an adult. 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.