|Come see the Lake Placid Horse Show|
We are watching the Amateur-Owner Jumper section of the Lake Placid Horse Show at the North Elba Horse Show Grounds (June 27- July 2) while waiting for the tour to start. My children ask me what is going on and I readily admit my lack of preparation. I really don’t know. I start madly flipping through the pages of my program, attempting to speed-read the event rules (I suggest dog-earring page 18 if jumping is not part of your life.)
Thankfully a kind woman takes pity on me and gives me a quick set of rules so I can sound knowledgeable. I point out the starting clock set for 83 seconds to my children, basically parroting all that I just heard. Each horse has to make it around the course within the set time. We learn about clean rounds, faults, and that a horse is penalized four points for each fault: refusing to jump an obstacle, a knock-down or exceeding the time.
Each Wednesday - Friday and in-depth visit is offered behind the scenes of the Lake Placid/North Elba Horse Show grounds. The tour meets in the vendor section of the horse grounds. My daughter’s only request is to try on hats from the various clothing vendors. She is more enthralled by the ladies headwear.
|Take a tour of the Lake Placid Horse Show|
We are shown around a tent city that has been erected for these two events. Portable stalls have been decorated with the owner’s or farm’s colors. We look for the beginning of a trophy wall where ribbons have been proudly displayed, a splash of color amongst the beige tents. A visit to the traveling veterinary, large animal ambulance and farrier are the highlights for my children. One whispers for me to ask if we could have a demonstration of a horse being hung from the ambulance sling. I am sure a collective shiver went up the spine of all competitors. No, but we can see the farrier shoe a horse.
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This modern blacksmith is an important part of the competitor’s pit crew. Each horse is different; therefore each shoe is custom fit. Gone is hand-forged iron, replaced by electric tools contained in the back of a pick-up. Our tour ends and we have gleaned enough information to watch the next event.
The Lake Placid Horse Show ends July 2 with a smooth transition to the I Love New York Horse Show June 4-July 9. Show hours are from 8-5. Tickets are $2/weekdays and $5/weekends. Children under 12 are free. The guided walking tour is $1/person on Wednesday-Friday at 11:30 AM. For more information please call the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625.
© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.