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November 7, 2010

It's Another Big Win For Hayley Barnhill In The ASPCA Maclay Finals

Syracuse, N.Y., Nov. 7

It got so quiet in the ring during Hayley Barnhill’s first round of the ASPCA Maclay Finals that you could hear a whisper. Barnhill had all eyes on her and all the pressure of being the class favorite today in the Maclay Finals. 

But she didn’t blink, and rode just as calmly, precisely and fluidly as she had to, claiming her second major equitation title, following up her win three weeks ago in the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals with blue in the ASPCA Maclay Finals.

October 17, 2010

Barnhill Top Of The Heap At Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals

Harrisburg, Pa., Oct. 17

It was the one fence that won it for Hayley Barnhill.

After a long day of two courses, a flat test, and a switch of horses, Barnhill ended up on top of the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals. And it was the first fence she rode on Samantha Schaefer’s horse in the switch that clinched it for her. After two rounds and a flat phase, Barnhill and Schaefer were even in the eyes of the judges, George Morris and Julie Winkel. So, they brought both girls to the center of the ring, and had them dismount and trade horses, without assistance.

October 17, 2010

The 2010 Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals Course

George Morris and Julie Winkel have set a classically straightforward course for the Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals. There are only 10 jumps in the ring, and they’re all plain, hunter type jumps, with minimal filler and a natural look. There is the infamous narrow wood coop, set with just a few bushes as wings, at the end of the ring. And it’s jumped twice, once off each lead. That jump always causes a few drive-bys.

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