LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The Lake Placid Horse Show Association has added six new members to its Board of Directors. The new members — Robert (Rob) Ralston Boyd, Stacy Cascio, Chloe Field, Lori Fitzgerald, Sarah Galvin and Eliza Lehrman — bring a combination of business and horse show experience that will greatly enhance the Board’s knowledge and expertise.
This year, the Lake Placid Horse Shows, sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC and Presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC, celebrated 50 years of show jumping in Lake Placid. The horse shows will return for two weeks of hunter-jumper competition in the historic Olympic town of Lake Placid, N.Y., June 23 to July 5, 2020.
“We are delighted to welcome Rob, Stacy, Chloe, Lori, Sarah and Eliza as new members of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association Board of Directors,” said Philip Richter, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association Board of Directors. “Each of them is passionate about our shows and their experience in both the horse show and business worlds brings valuable perspectives to the Board. We are truly fortunate to have such a stellar group join our existing board members who give of their time and resources for the betterment of the Lake Placid Horse Shows.”
Robert (Rob) Ralston Boyd works in the natural resource development field where he is Managing Director for The Cline Group in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Boyd has been with The Cline Group since 2008, with a focus on corporate development. His responsibilities have included management roles in mineral assets, agricultural and land management, coal mine development, oil & gas, transportation and other projects including working with The Cline Group’s affiliate Illinois Basin coal producer.
Currently, Boyd is involved in overseeing royalty interests, agriculture, a Canadian gas project and a shipping project for The Cline Group. Boyd directs Ashbrook Ag Group, an agriculture and land management company, where he is a Principal along with the founder of The Cline Group. Prior to joining The Cline Group, Boyd was with NextEra Energy in their unregulated development group where he was Project Director of over 700 megawatts of wind generation assets and 100 + miles of electrical transmission lines.
Boyd grew up in Baltimore, Md. before attending high school at St. George’s School in Rhode Island. He earned a B.A. from Skidmore College and his M.B.A. from George Washington University. He resides in Wellington, Fla. with his wife, Courtney Phibbs Boyd, and daughter Brooks. All three are involved in equestrian sports through their business, Court Lin Frae Stables. He enjoys squash, polo, running and hiking, particularly in Lake Placid, where he has climbed 7 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks during the horse shows.
Stacy Cascio has been an active competitor at the Lake Placid Horse Shows since 1985, only missing two years since then. His Lake Placid victories include winning the Insilco Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic aboard L.C. Smith in 1986 and the Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Classic aboard Spencer in 2007. He is also proud of having won the $30,000 International Jumping Derby in Stowe, Vt. aboard Boss and Company in 1992.
A property owner in Lake Placid for the last 20 years, Cascio is passionate about the area and especially about the Lake Placid Horse Shows. “I don’t think there’s any place in the world that compares to Lake Placid,” he said. “I know it holds tremendous meaning for me personally. In fact, I spread some of the ashes of my grand prix horse Boss in the jumping field at Lake Placid because it is such a special place for me. There really is no other horse show in the world and no other place anywhere that I love as much, and I am truly honored to join the Lake Placid Horse Show Association Board of Directors.”
Chloe Field grew up in a family that has been attending the Lake Placid horse shows since the 1980s. Her earliest memory of Lake Placid is from 2003 where she won the Children’s Hunter Hack class on her pony Just in Time. That blue ribbon is still displayed in her room at her family's farm in Millbrook, N.Y., next to her most recent ribbon from the 2018 I Love New York Grand Prix. If there is one horse show that Field refuses to miss, it's Lake Placid!
Field's love of Lake Placid doesn't end at the show grounds. It’s her favorite show not only because of the excellent sand footing and challenging grass grand prix field, but because of all the other things Lake Placid and the Adirondacks have to offer. She has climbed 7 of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, loves running with her dogs around Mirror Lake, and firmly believes it's the best horse show to which to bring non-riders because of the relaxed atmosphere and all the other activities available.
Field went to boarding school at Hotchkiss, then studied history at Harvard, and is now living in Cambridge while studying law at Harvard Law School. She's thrilled to be joining the board of a show with so much history that continues to be emblematic of what show jumping was and should be, while also working tirelessly to meet the updated demands of exhibitors and spectators alike.
Lori Fitzgerald has lived and worked in Lake Placid since June of 2010 after spending the previous few years in the Capital Region where she lived after moving from New York City. She originally moved to Lake Placid to work at High Peaks Resort where she is now the Director of Sales & Marketing. Fitzgerald fell in love with the town and the people after becoming immersed in the community through her work, volunteering and a love of the outdoors.
Fitzgerald has had a varied career, mainly in marketing and sales. She began her career in market research before becoming a Director of Marketing for Ziff-Davis Publishing in New York City, where she found her passion for marketing and events, as well as her acumen for sales. Her post-Ziff days involved trying a lot of new things from PR to retail consulting and even being a florist, before her passion for marketing brought her back to what she loves to do most.
While the idea of a big city girl moving to a small mountain town was scary and seemed crazy, Fitzgerald is committed to working in and for her community to make it the best place that it can be. Other organizations that Fitzgerald is actively involved with include:
• Lake Placid Business Association – current board member, past President
• Holiday Village Stroll – co-chair for 2019, committee member since 2010
• Community Development Commissioner since 2017 - Member of the Appearance Committee and Power Pond Park Design Committee
• Ironman Lake Placid Captain and volunteer since 2012
• Joy to the Children volunteer since 2012
Sarah Galvin grew up in Lake Placid and attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology. After graduation, Galvin moved west to work for The Container Store in Denver, Colo. and Walnut Creek, Calif. as a Visual Sales Manager. Galvin and her husband returned to Lake Placid in 2005 and purchased her parents’ independent bookstore, ‘The Bookstore Plus.’ With Galvin at the helm, ‘The Bookstore Plus’ has been a seven-time winner of the Lake Placid Horse Shows’ Equestrian Window Decorating Contest, a cherished tradition of the Lake Placid Horse Shows for over three decades.
Galvin is a strong believer in the strength of personal relationships to help form strong local communities. She has been on the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Board of Directors from 2010-2019 and was Secretary from 2016-2018. She was on the New England Independent Booksellers Association Board of Directors from 2012-2014 and its Advisory Council in 2010-2011. In her spare time, she loves reading with her daughter, hiking in the Adirondacks with her dogs and biking with her husband.
Eliza Lehrman has worked with and for several of show jumping’s top trainers including Andre Dignelli, Judy Richter, Norman Dello Joio and Bob Crandall. As a junior rider, she qualified for USET Finals with Andre Dignelli and Judy Richter before continuing her training with Norman Dello Joio, quickly advancing into the grand prix ring. Lehrman returned to the University of Virginia full-time in 1997, where she received her degree in biology. After graduating, she worked in Guatemala for one year, with an opportunity to ride and teach jumping. Lehrman also worked with other great horsemen and women, including Michelle Grubb and Stanny van Paesschen and she interned at shows with famed course designers Alan Wade, Leopoldo Palacios and Dave Ballard.
In 2001, Lehrman started her own business, Five Way Farm LLC, in Stamford Conn. and then moved the business to Coker Farm in Bedford, N.Y. It started as a client-based training operation and grew into sales and training. Clients consisted of amateur and junior jumper riders, adult equitation and hunters. She sold horses for VDL Stud out of Holland, some of which were high caliber jumpers that she competed at the upper level, earning top results in the Hampton Classic Grand Prix and World Cup qualifiers. Lehrman lived and worked in Belgium from 2009-2012 where she taught several junior riders and continued in sales and competition. She moved back to Central Pennsylvania in 2012 and now runs a sales business and competes in the jumper divisions almost exclusively.
Held at the meticulously landscaped North Elba Showgrounds in Lake Placid and surrounded by breathtaking views of the Adirondack Mountains, the Lake Placid Horse Shows host more than 100 classes of competition each week during their two weeks of competition. Classes are offered in four show rings for riders of all ages and levels. Spectators can watch some of the nation’s best horses and riders, ranging from young children on polished ponies, to glistening hunters, to Olympic veterans with their grand prix athletes. Each show is USEF 'Premier' rated for hunters and 6* rated for Jumpers.
Further information on the Lake Placid Horse Shows is available by calling the Lake Placid Horse Show Association at 518-523-9625 or online at www.lakeplacidhorseshows.com.
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