Articles: Press Release
Darren Graziano Wins WPTZ Jump-off to Open 27th Annual I Love New York Horse
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Lake Placid, NY—July 7, 2004—Darren Graziano of Wellington, FL rode Kinetic
to victory by two tenths of a second in the WPTZ News Channel 5 Jump-off
Wednesday to open the 27th annual I Love New York Horse Show in Lake Placid.
Graziano was one of 30 entries from the starting field of 64 to earn a trip
to the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 12-jump, first-round
course at the North Elba Showgrounds. Eighteen of those 30 then rode clean
again over the six-jump tiebreaker course with Graziano claiming the win
based on having the fastest time of 27.863 seconds. Finishing less than two
tenths of a second behind Graziano was Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD,
winner of the 2003 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid. Little rode Tiffany
La Silla to a clean jump-off ride in 28.029 seconds for second place.
Third place went to two-time Pan American Games team Bronze Medalist Debbie
Stephens of Glenmore, PA who finished the jump-off in 28.226 seconds on Gran
Lu and fourth went to Francie Steinwedell-Carvin of Glendale, CA who
finished in 28.408 seconds on Markabee.
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.