LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The Lake Placid Horse Show Association has initiated plans to expand riding areas at the North Elba Showgrounds to provide exhibitors with more space for riding during the annual Lake Placid Horse Shows. The 2018 Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC and sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC, return June 26 to July 8 at the shows' world-class venue in Lake Placid, New York.

The expansion plan creates an additional 11,000 square feet of riding room by expanding the ring at the back of the grounds from its previous 17,000 square feet (100' x 170') to 28,000 square feet (140' x 200'). The ring will be named in memory  of Kiki Umla, one of the hunter-jumper circuit's most beloved figures who often monitored that ring in her roles as a USEF steward and schooling supervisor.

"The management of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association has received thoughtful exhibitor feedback that our show ground needs more riding areas. After careful consideration and analysis, management is moving forward to materially expand the riding ring that is located towards the rear of the property. This improvement should help alleviate some of the traffic in the schooling areas and in other riding rings," said Philip Richter, Chairman of the Lake Placid Horse Show Association Board of Directors.

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"Fundraising is off to a great start with strong internal support from the Executive Committee, the Board, and other personal commitments, raising over $60,000 thus far," said Richter. "Even though we have made great progress, we still have a long way to go to reach our fundraising goal. Any donation, big or small, is a great way to both honor Kiki and support the future of the Lake Placid Horse Shows."

The ring expansion has been completed for use this summer and at the end of the 2018 horse shows, the footing will be replaced and ready for the 2019 shows.

"Few people on our horse show circuit were as loved as Kiki Umla," said Richter. "She served many roles and did so much to help so many people. I think that it is most fitting that we dedicate this ring — where she spent so much of her time — to Kiki and I invite everyone who was touched by her to contribute to this effort so that we can make this something truly worthy of our feelings for her."

To help raise the $150,000 needed for the new ring and footing, the Lake Placid Horse Show Association is launching a campaign and inviting donors at every level to participate. "We want to invite everyone to participate whether it be by check or through our GoFundME page at https://www.gofundme.com/lphs-kiki-umla-ring," Richter said. "Contributions can be tax-deductible and we hope that everyone will want to become part of this great communal tribute."

Tax-deductible contributions can be made by sending a check, payable to the Town of North Elba, to the Lake Placid Horse Show Association, 5514 Cascade Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946. All donors will be recognized on signage by the ring and elsewhere.

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.lakeplacidhorseshow.com.