The Horse Circus: 7.4.14

The Horse Circus

We pretend to go to the horse show but everyone really knows it’s a circus!

Bring on the clowns! And the horses too!

Every Friday Counter-Canter Culture features the important US and International Horse Shows currently under way.

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I Love New York Horse Show

Given that it’s Independence Day here in American, it feels fitting that I am covering a horse show call I Love New York, taking place in Lake Placid, home to the1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. That sounds pretty patriotic to me, and in fact, it’s just the tip of the iceberg with this event.

Of course, this second of three Lake Placid Horse Shows taking place this summer sports many of the staples of a first class horse show. On Saturday, spectators will be treated to the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby and the event will be capped off with the $75,000 I Love New York Grand Prix on Sunday, July 6th.

But just take one look at this picture of Laura Chapot, winner of both the $5,000 Hollow Brook Wealth Management 1.40m Speed Stake and the $1,500 Lake Placid Summit Resort & Suites 1.35m Jumper Class on Wednesday, and you will know you are someplace special. Can you spy the real Olympic torch in the background?

Laura Chapot

The I Love New York Horse Show isn’t afraid to sprinkle a bit of July 4th throughout the shows festivities. Today, horse show exhibitors are invited to ride on the Lake Place Horse Shows float in the city’s annual Independence Day parade. Then on Sunday, the oh-so adorable Doggie Costume Contest will take place at 11:30am. Past participants include this pup paying tribute to Uncle Sam.

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Are you feeling the need for a little bit of history on this historic day? Have no fear! The Lake Placid Horse Shows’ website has just what you are looking for. The Spectator Guide offers an interesting look back at the history of competitive horse jumping as well as a tutorial on the current disciplines.  Start reading here.

If you are in the Lake Placid area this holiday weekend and would like to get in on the equestrian festivities going on at the I Love New York Horse Show, head on down to the show grounds. Admission is $2 on weekdays, $5 on weekends, and free for children under 12. For just a dollar more today, visitors can get an inside look at the stalls and tack rooms of each farm on the stable tour.

If you are far from Lake Placid, you can watch the action unfold on the HRTV website here. Or you can follow along with the Lake Placid Horse Shows’ Facebook page and Instagram account for fun photographic updates.

Happy Fourth of July!

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