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November 4, 2012

Jacob Pope Can't Quite Believe He Won The ASPCA Maclay Finals

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 4

The minute they called Lillie Keenan’s name in second place at the ASPCA Maclay Finals, a wide smile spread over Jacob Pope’s face, and he started patting his mount, Uno, repeatedly. Instead of the detached pleasure that some equitation finals winners display, Pope’s demeanor was as if he couldn’t quite believe the news.

November 4, 2012

The ASPCA Maclay Blog

Judges George Morris and Hap Hansen have set a remarkably simple, yet testing, track for the ASPCA Maclay Finals. The ring looks quite empty with the sparse course, but as typical of a course Morris has a hand in designing, it is proving an excellent test. It’s basically two serpentines across the ring, and two runs down the center of the ring. If you click on the image at left, you can get a better picture of it.

November 4, 2012

McLain Ward Puts Heavy Heart Aside To Win Alltech Grand Prix

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 3  

McLain Ward’s winning jump-off ride in the $250,000 Alltech Grand Prix CSI-W wasn’t just a masterful display of riding. It was also an incredible feat of mental fortitude.

November 2, 2012

Ohlala Draws Oohs And Aahs In Alltech National Speed Class

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 2

It’s good to know that occasionally grand prix riders miss too!

The crowd gasped a couple of times as Lauren Hough blazed around the $50,000 Chartis International Speed class. Once when she and Ohlala left out a stride to an oxer and flew through the air effortlessly, and another time when she flat-out galloped to a vertical and missed.

“I had a really big chocolate chip there!” Hough said, laughing at herself. “But she was amazing and cleared it; I don’t know how she did it. It wasn’t one of my smoothest rounds, but it all worked out.”

November 2, 2012

San Morino's Win That Almost Wasn't At Alltech National Horse Show

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 2

Ever have that dream that you’re late for a big, important class? You’re due to show in a class that would clinch you a championship at a major indoor show, but your clothes are back at the hotel and your horse isn’t braided?

Lisa Williams lived out that scenario this morning. Thankfully, with the assistance of many helping hands, she made it to the ring with San Morino on time to win the amateur-owner hunter, 36 and over, stake class and claim the division championship.

November 1, 2012

Chris Payne Upped His Game At The Alltech National Horse Show

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 1.

Chris Payne left the Alltech National Horse Show with a pair of tricolors. They might have been the red, yellow and white of reserve championships rather than the blue, red and yellow of champions, but he didn’t mind one bit.

“This show is iconic. It’s the horse show, in my mind as a hunter rider, and the true pinnacle of the year. When you have a horse that has the talent and quality to compete at the National Horse Show and be in the ribbons, it’s the kind of thing that drives you the whole year long,” Payne said.

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