---- — LAKE PLACID — Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, N.J., won the 1.40 meter Speed Challenge and the 1.35 meter Power and Speed Stake at the 36th annual I Love New York Horse Show Friday.
In the Speed Challenge, Chapot rode Castellana to the fastest fault-free time of 53.908 seconds to claim the win over Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, Fla., who finished second with a time of 55.307 seconds on Udonnay Z.
In the Power and Speed Stake, Chapot rode Umberto to the win, completing the power portion of the course fault-free, finishing the speed section clean in 35.919 seconds.
Second place went to 1996 Olympic team silver medalist Peter Leone of Greenwich, Conn., who finished in 36.322 seconds on Wayfarer.
Other winners Friday included Michael Hughes on Winchester in the 1.30 meter Power and Speed Stake and Philip Richter on Ray Ray in the High Amateur-Owner speed class.
The I Love New York Horse Show continues through Sunday, hosting all levels of competition from young children on ponies to grand prix competitors and Olympic medalists, all competing for over $535,000 in prizes.
The horse show begins at 8 a.m. each day, with competition running in four rings simultaneously.
Highlighting the week is the $100,000 Grand Prix this afternoon. This is the first time the horse show is offering a $100,000 Grand Prix.
Prior to the Grand Prix, the horse show hosts its annual Doggie Costume Contest. All people with a leashed dog in costume are admitted to the horse show free of charge. All entrants in the contest, which begins at noon, receive treats.
Sunday’s highlight is the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby. This event, held in the Grand Prix Field, features jumps that resemble natural obstacles seen in the hunt field with a variety of challenges including stone walls, hedges, logs, banks and ditches.
Today’s remaining highlights of the I Love New York Horse Show include: $100,000 Grand Prix, High Junior Jumper Classic, High Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Low Junior Jumper Classic, Pony Hunter Classic, Doggie Costume Contest, Parade of Champions and various Jumper and Hunter classes.
Tomorrow’s remaining highlights of the I Love New York Horse Show include: USHJA International Hunter Derby Presentation, Children’s Jumper Classics, Adult Jumper Classics, Low Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic, Equitation Classic Awards, presentation of the Derby Trainer Award, presentation of the Trainer Award, Equitation classes and Hunter classes.
For the first time ever, show jumping fans across the country and around the world are able to watch competition from the I Love New York Horse Show live as it happens. HRTV, The Network for Horse Sports, is offering free live webcasts of all classes in the horse shows’ Grand Prix Field.
The live webcasts, produced by ShowNet, are available free of charge at www.hrtv.com and through a link at the horse shows’ website at www.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.
Admission to the I Love New York Horse Show is $5 on weekend.
Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at the gate. The horse show is located at the North Elba Showgrounds in Lake Placid, directly across from the ski jumps.