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Head to the horse show
July 6, 2017

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The horse shows in Lake Placid are reportedly the largest they've been in a decade, an organizer confirmed last week.

Noting that the shows now coincide with other events like CAN/AM hockey, the increase in numbers was a welcome surprise for organizers this year.

That's great news with thousands of spectators and friends and families of riders flocking to Lake?Placid to watch these athletes and their horses compete for more than $535,000 in prize money and awards.

Last week's Lake Placid Horse Show was another success, and this week's I Love New York Horse Show, running through Sunday, July 9, at the North Elba Show Grounds will once again prove that the Olympic Village is not only a hockey town; it is also a horse show town. The event offers more than 100 classes of competition each week for riders at all levels, from children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic medalists. Action begins at 8 a.m. each show day with classes running simultaneously in four separate rings until about 5 p.m.

Spectators can come for an hour or a whole day and see competition ranging from ponies ridden by tomorrow's champions to members of the U.S. Equestrian Team atop some of the world's best horses.

Admission to the horse shows is $2 on weekdays and $5 on weekends. Children under the age of 12 are admitted for free.

As an added bonus, the Lake Placid Horse Show Association once again has a reciprocal admission policy with the I Love BBQ and Music Festival, which is being held July 7-9 at the Olympic Speedskating Oval. Show your horse show ticket, and get in free at the BBQ Fest. Likewise, show your BBQ Fest ticket, and get in free at the horse show. We recommend going to both events.

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Kudos to Richard Feldman

We were sad to hear Lake Placid Horse Show Association Board Chairman Richard Feldman announce his retirement on Saturday, July 1 at the Lake Placid Horse Show. He's been the driving force for the horse shows for many years, and his dedication to Lake Placid and these events is monumental. It's no surprise that he was inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame in 2009. To us, and to many in the horse show world, he is larger than life and Lake Placid is a much better place because of his efforts over the years.

During an interview with the News in 2014, he explained the new footing that was being installed at the show grounds. At the time, he had been chairman for 24 years. The investment of more than a million dollars was needed, and it paid off.

"Last year, I was told point blankly by some of the larger stables that if we did not put in the new footing, they would not come back," Feldman said. "I've been in the horse world all my life. It's not what I do for a living, but my family has a big horse operation in Kentucky, I rode for the United States team, I did everything there was to do, play polo, I was a master of foxhound. So I know the horse game, and they all know me. They're not lying to me when they say, 'We're not coming back.' Of course, I've known these people for 25 or 30 years."

But they did come back. Boy, did they come back this year. It's the largest showing of riders in a decade, according to horse show officials.

The Lake Placid Horse Shows are a major economic driver in this village during the earliest weeks of summer. The riders, families, staff, sponsors and visitors they attract spend money shopping in our stores, eating in our restaurants and staying in our hotels. Moreover, the North Elba Show Grounds during most of the year is a popular place to walk - dogs, yes, many dogs - and it hosts other events, such as the Lake Placid Classic Half Marathon and 10k. The town of North Elba, as well as the Lake Placid Horse Show Association, can be thanked for this important venue.

We must also thank Richard Feldman for all he has done for Lake Placid.

"When I first took this over, we were in trouble," he said in 2014. "We had big debts. No one was coming here. It was a leaky circuit show. That's what it was called. And we put some money into it right away. I did personally. I paid off all the debts and put my own money into the grounds. Then I called everybody I knew on the circuit, and I begged. One year, some came. I begged again the next year. And now I don't have to beg. They just come."

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