Check the barn aisles the night before the ASPCA Maclay Finals this weekend, and I’d bet you won’t find too many Maclay riders out there on a ladder, braiding their own horse for the class. In fact, it might be just Rachael Davis there in the dark.
The ASPCA Maclay Finals get underway at 6:30 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 31 for the first round of jumping. There are 153 riders on the order of go for the class, which will be run in a two-day format for the first time this year.
An update posted on the British Eventing website on Oct. 30 noted that eventer William Fox-Pitt, who suffered a head injury in an Oct. 17 fall while competing at the Le Lion d'Angers (France), has been released from the intensive care unit of the French hospital where he's being treated.
There’s a blue ribbon Rita Timpanaro holds especially dear to her heart, one from the glory days of the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It was 1962, and Timpanaro was just 12. She was headed to the National at the Garden with her only horse, Nibbles, to compete in the junior hunter division and she’d also qualified for both the ASPCA Maclay and AHSA Medal finals. “It was just so exciting,” Timpanaro said. “I loved to watch at the National, so to be able to show there was so much fun.”
It’s definitely hard to miss El Nino competing in the medium pony hunters. With his loud brown-and-white spotted pattern, this Pony of the Americas stands out.
But its not just his unique coloring that makes El Nino special—he’s also a true veteran and professor in the ring. “Nino” has been jumping around medium pony hunter courses for more than 15 years and has won ribbons with more than a dozen riders in that time.
Kelly Prather took the 7-year-old D.A. Duras to France for the FEI World Young Horse Eventing Championships at Lion d’Angers as a talented young horse she still had a few questions about, and brought him home from the Oct. 15-18 event as a serious contender for her future.
Unusual isn’t one of the legendary Kathy Kusner’s more famous rides and her time with him was brief, but he’s one of her favorite memories. And, 53 years ago, the two of them won the President’s Cup at the Washington International Horse Show.
Kathy Kusner and Unusual at the 1962 National Horse Show
What you need to know about... Glynhafan Red Kestral, the grand and large pony champion.
• Farah Rizvi, 12, rode Glynhafan Red Kestral to the two tricolors. She bought the chestnut gelding in the beginning of the year, and showed him a bit herself. But when the time came for the USEF Pony Finals, she was on vacation, so she gave the reins to Taylor St. Jacques, who rode him to the grand overall pony championship.
You might notice that Raleigh Hiler has a little bit of extra equipment on when she trots into the ring on Smitten 57. That’s because Hiler, 15, is deaf and wears a headset to allow her to hear directions.
She hasn’t let that stop her at all, however, as Hiler rode Smitten 57 to good ribbons in the low junior hunter division at the Pennsylvania National—incuding a win in the under-saddle—and is set to show in her first Pessoa/USEF Medal Finals tomorrow.