LAKE PLACID — Alexandra Cherubini and Julie Coles won the two sections of the Crowne Plaza Resort NAL & WIHS Adult Jumper Classics, Saturday’s featured events at the 45th annual Lake Placid Horse Show at the North Elba Show Grounds.
Riding EquiFit Carlos, Cherubini won the 18- to 40-year-old section over a 36-horse field by riding fault-free over the first-round course designed by Olaf Petersen, Jr. and then completing the jump-off fault-free in 40.913 seconds. Coles topped a 13-horse field in the Over 40-year-old section by riding fault-free over the first-round course and then completing the jump-off fault-free in 43.711 seconds on Midnight Dance.
The NAL (North American League) offers year-long series in five divisions: Children’s Hunter, Adult Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult Jumper and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper. The series includes classes held at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada. The NAL hosts two year-end finals — National Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in October and West Coast Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show in November.
Other Saturday winners included Michael Hughes on Vendicat in the Wild Center Low Junior Jumper Classic, Meg O’Mara on Sinatra IV in the J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic and Laura Chapot on Umberto in the Sidelines 1.35m Power and Speed Class.
The show concludes today but will be followed by the 37th Annual I Love New York Horse Show July 1 to 6 and the inaugural Adirondack Horse Show July 9 to 13. Today’s competition is highlighted by the $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix of Lake Placid, as well as the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort Junior Jumper Classic, Mirror Lake Inn Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Santa’s Workshop Leadline Class, C.M. Hadfield’s Parade of Champions, MME Adult Amateur & Children’s Hunter Classics, and other Hunter & Equitation Classes.