Articles: Press Release
Olympic Veterans Expected to Compete at 2002 Lake Placid Horse Shows
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Lake Placid, NY – June 12, 2002 – Margie Goldstein-Engle, Nona Garson,
Leslie Howard, and McLain Ward head an impressive list of riders expected to
compete in the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid on Sunday, June
30, and the $50,000 I Love New York Grand Prix on Saturday, July 6.
The two American Grandprix Association (AGA) Series events will headline two
weeks of world-class equestrian competition in the heart of the Adirondacks
when the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows return to the North
Elba Showgrounds, June 26 – July 7.
Engle, of Wellington, FL, was a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team in
Sydney. She became only the third rider ever to sweep both the $50,000
Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid and the $50,000 I Love New York Grand
Prix in the same year in 2001. Leslie Howard seized both titles in 1985
and 1989, and Debbie Dolan-Sweeney won both events in 1995.
Also a Sydney Olympian, Nona Garson, of Lebanon, NJ, is expected to compete
at this year’s Lake Placid Horse Shows as well. Garson and Rhythmical won
the $50,000 Budweiser Grand Prix of Lake Placid in 1997.
Leslie Howard, of Westport, CT, was on the United States
Equestrian Team (USET) squad that won the team Gold Medal at the 1984
Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She was also part of the Silver Medal team at
the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Howard has been a Grand Prix Champion in
Lake Placid a record seven times.
McLain Ward, of Brewster, NY, currently the top-ranked rider on the USET’s
show jumping computer rankings, is also set to return to the 2002 Lake
Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows. He recently tied with Howard for
fourth place in the Show Jumping World Cup Final in Leipzig, Germany.
The Lake Placid Horse Shows are made possible through the generosity of many
supporters and sponsors. Sponsors for the 2002 Lake Placid and I Love New
York Horse Shows include A&M Beverages, Inc., Adirondack Rustic, American
Grandprix Association, Anonymous, Ariat, Brandy Parfums, Inc.,
Budweiser/Anheuser-Busch, Inc., C.M. Hadfield’s Saddlery, Inc., Jane F.
Clark, Lisa A. H. Cudahy, Der-Dau Custom Made Boots, David Fowler Custom
Tack Trunks, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Golden Arrow Hotel, Hilton Lake Placid
Resort, Jaguar, Juliam Farm, Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors’ Bureau, Lake
Placid Lodge, Land Rover, Lonesome Landing, M & M Mars, McDonalds, Miller’s
Harness Company, Mirror Lake Inn, Moss Communications, Nicola’s Family
Restaurants, On a Fence Designs and Rentals, ORDA-Whiteface Mountain, the
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group, Inc., Pin Oak Farm, Price Chopper, Red Kap Sales,
Inc./Citgo, Salamander Farm, Sand Castle Farm, Sidelines, Supracor, The
Brown Dog Deli & Wine Bar, The Country Saddler, Ltd., The Hooker Family, The
Phelps School, The Phillips Family, Town of North Elba Park District,
Trelawny Farm, Turtle Lane Farm, Unusual Silver, Wild Horse Winery, and WPTZ
News Channel 5.
Four rings of competition will run simultaneously from 8:00 a.m. to late
afternoon, Wednesday through Sunday each week. In addition to the two AGA
Grand Prix Series events, the schedule also includes North American League
(NAL) classes, Adult/Children's Jumper events and Show Jumping Hall of Fame
Jumper Classic series events for junior riders and amateur/owner riders on
Sunday, June 30 (Lake Placid Horse Show) and Saturday, July 6 (I Love New
York Horse Show), respectively. Also, there will be numerous hunter and
equitation divisions including World Championship Hunter Rider classes and
Admission to the Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse Shows is $2.00 on
weekdays and $5.00 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are 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 the web
site at http://www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com/