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November 6, 2016

Watch Why They Won: The Top Four In The 2016 ASPCA Maclay Final

"They're going to have to beat that," George H. Morris said in the EqSportsNet live feed commentary as Hunter Holloway finished her Round 2 course in the ASPCA Maclay Final. And his words were prophetic, as no one could beat her. 

"Her position is so classic, so correct," Morris said. "And the execution was virtually flawless." Holloway’s Round 2 performance in the ASPCA Maclay Final catapulted her to victory. Her flawless counter-canter tour, combined with her precise and soft ride, made the judges put her on top.

November 4, 2016

One To Watch: Julia Tait Has Gone The Extra Mile On The Way To The Maclay

Julia Tait has big dreams. But she doesn’t have the budget for a horse to show on the circuit. So what does she do? She works hard and takes advantage of every opportunity.

Tait, 16, hasn’t ever owned a horse, but she’s headed to the ASPCA Maclay Final. “This is only my second year doing 3’6”. I always wanted to do this, but I never thought it would happen so soon. It’s definitely crazy that it happened so fast,” said Tait.

November 4, 2016

2016 ASPCA Maclay Final Commentary

We're here in Lexington, Ky., yet again for the ASPCA Maclay Final, where 176 of the country's top junior riders aspire to win one of the most elusive equitation titles. 

We'll try and post every 10 riders or so, with updates on how the course is riding, who has done well, who hasn't, etc. Please don't expect an account of every rider's trip, but we'll try to keep you up-to-date! Scroll down to see the most recent posting. 

November 1, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 National Horse Show

The National Horse Show got underway on Nov. 1, kicking off six days of top indoor competition which includes the ASPCA Maclay Final and the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Lexington Grand Prix on Saturday evening, Nov. 5. 

The ASPCA Maclay Final has a new format this year, with the first round starting at 6 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 5 and then the flat phase scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 6, with the second jumping round to immediately follow that. (We'll have a What You Need To Know for the Maclay Final up on Sat., Nov. 5.)

October 9, 2016

O'Mara Goes From Strength To Strength To Take Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals—East

Gladstone, N.J.—Oct. 8-9  

TJ O’Mara came into the second day of the Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals—East sitting in fifth after the flat and gymnastics phases on Day 1. But in Phases III and IV, O’Mara so impressed the judges that he ended up on top of the prestigious equitation final.


TJ O'Mara on Kaskade. Photo by The Book LLC

May 27, 2016

Deslauriers Stays Consistent For R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship

Devon, Pa.—May 27  

As Madison Goezmann’s name was called in third in the R.W. “Ronnie” W. Mutch Equitation Championship, Lucy Deslauriers and Daisy Farish exchanged small smiles.

“Us and Devon,” Farish said.

The two friends were in similar positions last year at the Devon Horse Show in the junior jumpers when Farish topped the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Classic with Triviant ahead of Deslauriers and Hester.

March 19, 2016

Olson Overcomes In R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship

Thermal, Calif.—March 18

As Michael Dennehy watched his student Jaden Olson in the warm up he fretted. Had she started jumping soon enough? Did she make the right decisions in warm up?

Normally he’d be in the schooling ring himself, guiding his student through the best pre-round routine. But according to the rules of the R. W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship, riders must turn in their phones at the beginning of the class and their trainers are relegated to anxious spectators.

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