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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 6, 2016

Counter-Canter Clears The Way For Hunter Holloway’s ASPCA Maclay Final Win

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 6  

Riders faced a big choice in the second—and final—jumping round of the ASPCA Maclay Final. They could jump a three-stride bending line from Fence 8 to 9, try to land the counter-canter lead off that Fence 9 and hold it around a very tight turn, or land on the inside lead, swap to the counter lead and jump Fence 10. 

November 5, 2016

Meet Your CP National Horse Show Junior Hunter Champions

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 5

The junior hunters did their stake and under-saddle classes today at the CP National Horse Show, and then four new champions were crowned. We checked in with all of them.

November 4, 2016

Mackenzie Altheimer And Emperador Work Their Way To A Win At National Horse Show

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 4

Most horses in the junior hunter ring have spent years competing in the professional hunter classes before stepping out with a young rider, but not Emperador. The 7-year-old gelding’s 13-year-old rider Mackenzie Altheimer has been riding the horse since he was 5 years old, and on Thursday afternoon the young teen piloted him to a championship finish in the low junior hunter division at the CP National Horse Show.  

November 4, 2016

Bug The Leash Walking Horse Show Cat


Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 4

 There are barn cats, and there are horse show dogs. Bug is breaking the mold—he’s a horse show cat!

The Chronicle spotted this precocious feline napping at his owner Kristin Darbee’s booth at the CP National Horse Show, wearing a leash and harness and peering out over his very snuggly-looking bed at the passersby. He’s been Darbee’s cat for the past five years.

November 4, 2016

What You Need To Know: The 2016 ASPCA Maclay Final

The ASPCA Maclay Final kicks off at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park's Alltech Arena in Lexington, Ky.

Round 1 has 176 riders on the order of go and the schedule estimates that it will conclude at 1:15 p.m., on Saturday. The flat phases (there are usually three sections called back for the flat phase) are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 6. The second round of jumping will run immediately after that. 

Diane Carney and Rachel Kennedy will be judging the Maclay, and they also designed the course. 

November 3, 2016

Shane Sweetnam Wins One For Hometown Spy Coast in $130,000 CP Grand Prix

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 3

 Irishman Shane Sweetnam may originally hail from across the pond, but he’s been based in the United States for more than 10 years and has had a long partnership with Spy Coast Farm in Lexington, Ky. And on Thursday night at the CP National Horse Show, he won one for Spy Coast's home base aboard the stallion Chaqui Z. They captured the top prize in the $130,000 CP Grand Prix, a qualifying class for the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup qualifier on Saturday night.  

November 3, 2016

Shaw Johnson Price Closes Season With Emotional Win At National Horse Show

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 3  

Shaw Johnson Price couldn’t believe what she was hearing over the loudspeaker at the National Horse Show. Sure, she and Custom Made had already managed to capture two grand amateur-owner championships at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Washington International Horse Show, but she and her trainer Havens Schatt had looked at the points in the division from her performances at the National Horse Show, and they didn’t think she was even in the running for a tricolor.

November 3, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Benny O'Meara Was The Star Of The 1962 National Horse Show

By the time Benny O’Meara rolled up to Madison Square Garden with Jacks Or Better in the van for the National Horse Show in 1962, they had already won the Professional Horseman’s Association’s Champion Jumper Of The Year point race (tripling the number of points that anyone had won before).

Benny and Jacks were at the Garden to not only be presented with the trophy and cooler from the PHA but to also show in the open jumper division.

November 2, 2016

Virginia Fout Has Some Good Carma At National Horse Show

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 2

Virginia Fout hasn’t known her horse for long, she didn’t get along with him at first, and she doesn’t show very much—none of that stopped her and Carma from riding to the top of the low amateur-owner hunter, 36 and over, division at the CP National Horse Show.

“To have so much success with him indoors when I just got him, this is our first kind of time around [indoors], and I don’t over-show him. I just show him enough to qualify for stuff like this,” Fout, 45, said. “It’s nice when it pays off, especially when you’ve come so far.”

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