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CP National Horse Show Announces Date Change for Region 6 ASPCA Regional Finals

Lexington, KY – May 11, 2015 – The CP National Horse Show announced today that the ASPCA Maclay Regionals for Region 6 have been moved from their originally scheduled date of September 12th to a week earlier.

The new date is now September 6th, 2015.

The regionals are produced in conjunction with a Langer Equestrian Group show scheduled for the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on September 3-7, 2015. Also part of the show that week is the WCHR Western Mountain Region final show of the season.

The ASPCA Maclay Regional was originally scheduled to be held on September 12 at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, but due to upgrades at that facility due to the harsh winter in Colorado, the event was moved back to the Norris Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado on the new date of September 6, 2015.

For questions, please contact Cindy Bozan at the CP National Horse Show (859-608-3709 or cindy@nhs.org) or Charlotte Skinner, manager of the event for the Langer Group, at 818-563-3250 x2 or ceskinner@earthlink.net.

With nearly $800,000 in prize money offered, this year’s show has been designated a CSI-W 5* show by the FEI. The International Open Jumpers will compete for over a half a million dollars in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.

The CP National Horse Show, for the fourth year in a row, received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group.

The 2015 CP National Horse Show will take place October 27th through November 1st, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.

2015 National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 27 – November 1, 2015, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Email:
Cindy@nhs.org

Website:
www.nhs.org

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors – Matt Morrissey at matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org Phone: (859) 608-3709
Advertising and Program Sales – Susie Webb at susie@nhs.org or 301-520-6162
Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-608-3709
Email: Cindy@nhs.org

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:

Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

CP National Horse Show Announces Leo Conroy ASPCA Maclay Grant

Lexington, KY – May 6, 2015 – The CP National Horse Show, once again scheduled for Lexington, Kentucky on October 27th through November 1st, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park, announced the establishment of the all-new Leo Conroy Maclay Grant. Created to commemorate Conroy’s loyalty and dedication to the National Horse Show and to the ASPCA Maclay Finals, the Leo Conroy Maclay Grant will be awarded to up to five (5) Maclay riders who demonstrate a financial need in order to participate in the Maclay Finals at the CP National Horse Show.

Leo Conroy, co-manager of the National Horse Show and Chairman of the ASPCA Maclay Finals, passed away early in January, 2015 and the CP National Horse Show and the ASPCA Maclay Finals both held a special place in Conroy’s heart, having been a rider and equitation trainer for most of his life. Conroy was a valuable asset to the NHS and a devoted supporter. To commemorate his loyalty and dedication, the National Horse Show has established a grant fund in his name: The Leo Conroy Maclay Grant (LCMG).

The Leo Conroy Maclay Grant is open to riders who qualify to compete in the ASPCA Maclay Finals through the Regional competitions. Selected riders will receive entry fees and stabling at the ASPCA Maclay Finals at the NHS and an additional stipend to cover show-related expenses ($2000 value).

“We couldn’t think of a better way to honor our friend and colleague,” said Mason Phelps, Jr., President of the National Horse Show Foundation. “This grant will keep his name alive long after many of us have departed and will continue to benefit young and upcoming riders for years and years to come.”

The Leo Conroy Maclay Grant

Guidelines:

1) The Leo Conroy Maclay Grant will provide financial assistance for up to five (5) Maclay riders. Selected riders will receive the following:

a. Entry fees and stall at the ASPCA Maclay Finals at the NHS provided by an anonymous sponsor – value $905
b. Stipend of $1,000 to cover additional show-related expenses to compete in the ASPCA Maclay Finals at the NHS

2) The Leo Conroy Maclay Grant is open to riders who qualify to compete in the ASPCA Maclay Finals through the Regional competitions. Riders must apply online from September 12 – October 1 at www.nhs.org to be considered for the Grant.

3) The Leo Conroy Maclay Grant will require the following:

a. Rider’s complete contact information
b. Trainer’s complete contact information
c. Three (3) references
d. Two-part essay:
Part 1: State why the ASPCA Maclay Finals is important to the National Horse Show and to the applicant
Part 2: Describe the applicant’s basis for financial need

4) The LCMG Committee will thoroughly review all applicants, and award the LCMG up to five (5) qualified riders based upon the application and required two-part essay.

Beginning September 12, applicants can apply by visiting www.nhs.org, completing the form with the information outlined above, and attaching their essay. All applications must be completed and submitted online through www.nhs.org. No hard copy applications will be accepted. Applications will be accepted between September 12, 2015 and October 1, 2015. Applicants will receive a confirmation email when their application is received. Applicants will receive a response by October 12, 2015.

The National Horse Show is one of the North American Riders Group’s (NARG) top-rated American equestrian events and the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame’s Horse Show of the Year for the fourth year in a row.

The 2015 CP National Horse Show takes center stage on October 27th through November 1st, 2015 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

For more information on the National Horse Show Association of America, Limited, please visit www.nhs.org.

2015 National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 27 – November 1, 2015, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Email:
Cindy@nhs.org

Website:
www.nhs.org

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors – Matt Morrissey at matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org Phone: (859) 608-3709
Advertising and Program Sales – Susie Webb at susie@nhs.org or 301-520-6162
Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-608-3709
Email: Cindy@nhs.org

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:

Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Tori Colvin Conquers 2014 ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championships

Tori Colvin and Patrick by Shawn McMillan Photography.

Lexington, KY – November 2, 2014 – The history books were made to house Tori Colvin’s name. The young phenom has been winning championship titles since she was wearing garters and riding ponies. At just 17 years old, she has already won the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, the Artisan Farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series, and countless other awards. One major title had eluded her, and today she changed that for good at the 2014 National Horse Show when she captured the prestigious ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Championship, presented by Dover Saddlery.

“I never thought I would win an equitation final,” said Colvin of Loxahatchee, Florida after her victory. “It feels great. I thought Patrick went amazing. I thought that my second round was better than my first round, but Patrick really produced great rounds all day.”

The Kentucky Horse Park hosted 153 of the country’s top junior riders who turned out to vie for the winning title. Judges McLain Ward and Chrystine Tauber designed a course that tested the riders’ precision and horsemanship skills with two combinations, multiple bending lines, and an inside turn to a three-stride line that would be a deciding factor for today’s winners.

Trainer Don Stewart said, “I thought today when I walked it that the people who are going to win this class are going to go inside and do three and do five correctly. They gave the option for people to play it safe by going around. That’s not how McLain wins these big classes, though. He will do the inside turns; he goes to win the class. The judges weren’t going to penalize you if you went around, but if you want to win these classes, you have to do what is hard.”

The field was narrowed down to twenty riders who were asked to return for the flat phase, with Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kansas in the lead position, followed by Colvin and Sophie Simpson of Wellington, Florida. The flat test counted for half of the riders’ overall score, and riders were asked to complete small circles, half-passes, and two changes of lead, as well as drop their stirrups.

After the flat phase, Holloway and Colvin remained in the top two spots. The top 15 competitors then had to complete a second course with increased difficulty that included a halt, counter canter fence, trot fence, and hand gallop fence. It also had three combinations as well as multiple turns where riders had to showcase balance and accuracy. The standings were as listed and the riders were asked to return in reverse order:

Hunter Holloway
Tori Colvin
Michael Hughes
Spencer Smith
Kelli Cruciotti
Ali Tritschler
Madison Goetzmann
Virigina Ingram
Rebekah Chenelle
Caitlin Boyle
McKayla Langmeier
Vivian Yowan
Sophie Simpson
Lilly Higgins
TJ O’Mara

The delicate track separated the top riders. Michael Hughes of Allendale, New Jersey, a decorated jumper rider, had a light rub in the second combination, but demonstrated a very good halt and counter canter transition that helped him remain in third place. The Maclay Final marked the conclusion of the 18-year-old’s equitation career.

“I think not only are the courses the same that we jump in the grand prix and the high juniors, but the pressure is the same as being last in the jump-off,” explained Hughes at the end of the day. “You know what you have to do. Doing equitation really taught me that you have to go in and do it exactly as you have to do it.”

Ali Tritschler of Southport, Connecticut was able to move into fourth place ahead of Spencer Smith with a very smooth and confident round. Smith rode the counter canter transition well, but did not demonstrate enough of a hand gallop, dropping to fifth place. However, at the end of the competition, Smith was awarded the Wilson Dennehy Equitation Trophy as the rider with the best results overall from the ASPCA Maclay Final and the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Finals.

The work-off determined third through tenth place in the standings, but when Colvin and Holloway each produced flawless rounds that demonstrated their superb horsemanship skills, Ward and Tauber asked them to return for a final test, completing the same test, but swapping horses.

Colvin returned first on Holloway’s Any Given Sunday and laid down the gauntlet by taking an inside turn on an unfamiliar horse and easily riding down the outside line with a controlled halt.

“I thought it would be a lot of fun to do another horse,” admitted Colvin. “Hunter’s horse was amazing – he was like a hunter. I love riding hunters. He had more energy than Patrick.”

Hunter Holloway and Any Given Sunday
Hunter Holloway and Any Given Sunday

Holloway knew that she would need to be perfect to stay in the lead, and while she demonstrated a good trot fence and a lovely ride through the diagonal line as well as completing the inside turn with Colvin’s Patrick, an extra stride at the final fence would cost her the win with a deep distance.

“I got really nervous for the final round and I miscounted down the final line, which was very unfortunate,” explained 15-year-old Holloway. “Patrick is straightforward and fun to ride though, so it was fun.”

Holloway added, “This has always been a goal of mine. Hopefully next year we will come back and do even better. This is the best I’ve done here. I have an amazing team and amazing people in my life. It’s really special to be able to come here and do this.”

The judges were very impressed with the level of riding demonstrated throughout the day. “We had talked earlier in the year about the general concept and what we wanted to see in the way of horsemanship and the riders commanding their mounts,” noted Tauber. “I think you could see that the lines on the courses required a good connection. You had to ride leg to hand, know the track, and know how your horse had to be ridden on the course. Not every person could ride it the same. You had to ride it according to what you were sitting on. Our top riders did it beautifully. I think we were very thrilled with our top group.”

Tauber added, “The final showed whether you could go from collected to a counter canter to a hand gallop to a rollback turn and bending line with your eye on it. But, that was exactly what that course was about. It let the people who were really riding well shine. The other weaknesses were exposed.”

For Ward, the Maclay is more than just a junior championship: it is a test for riders to advance to the highest levels of the sport. “I think the basis of the courses and the thought process is that this isn’t a be-all, end-all. This is a stepping-stone to something greater,” he commented. “We hope that these events will point out the riders who are going to go on to do great things in their careers and for this country. The three kids sitting here, and all the young riders competing here today, really stepped up to the plate and had great performances.”

For Holloway, the two-time Olympic Gold medalist also commented, “Don’t worry, Hunter – second place worked out OK for me!”

Colvin’s victory today also marked a third win in as many years at the championship for Andre Dignelli and the team at Heritage Farm. “When you come to these events with someone who rides like Tori, you know you have a shot at winning,” he commented. “My goal is to try not to mess it up. I agonized for 75 rounds if I was going to have her go inside and do three to the five or do five. We took a shot and it paid off for us today. But this feeling never gets old.”

ASPCA Federal Legislative Manager Caroline Schnurr concluded, “We applaud Tori’s commitment to horsemanship as a unique talent that led to this truly impressive victory. This championship embodies not only the spirit of excellence, in equestrian sport, but in humane and responsible stewardship of equines, and in doing what is right and compassionate for horses and all animals. We now encourage Tori, and all those who compete in this prestigious competition, to join us in being a voice for the animals and helping us, and our Equine Welfare Ambassadors, many of whom are ASPCA Maclay National Champions themselves, in making a difference for animals.”

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden (1987) and Nicole Shahinian Simpson (1992). The 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner was Jacob Pope of Columbia, Maryland, and in 2013 Lillie Keenan of New York, New York, won the title.

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

About the National Horse Show

Founded in 1883 at the original Madison Square Garden, the National Horse Show is America’s oldest indoor horse show, firmly established as a major fixture on the national and international sports and social event calendars. The National Horse Show Association’s primary activity is the annual production of the National Horse Show and all ancillary events. Over the years, the National Horse Show has provided financial aid to many worthwhile charities.

With $755,000 in prize money offered, this year’s National Horse Show offers an International Open Jumpers with $460,000 in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.

For the fourth consecutive year, The National Horse Show received a top ranking from NARG, the North American Riders Group and was named the Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year in four back-to-back years.

For more information, go to www.nhs.org.

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 – November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Email:
Cindy@nhs.org

Website:
www.nhs.org

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors – Matt Morrissey at matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org Phone: (859) 608-3709
Advertising and Program Sales – Dee Thomas at jmstables@aol.com Phone: 561-310-7679
Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:

Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Dover Saddlery Joins with National Horse Show as Presenting Sponsor of ASPCA Maclay Championship

Peter Wylde, pictured here on Sandor de la Pomme, will present the ASPCA Maclay trophy for Dover Saddlery at the National Horse Show on Sunday.

Lexington, KY – October 30, 2014 – The National Horse Show, now underway at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, is proud to announce that Dover Saddlery has joined forces as the presenting sponsor of this year’s ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship which takes place as the concluding class on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Dover Saddlery offers the finest selection of English riding apparel and tack for English riders at all levels and is well known for its vast inventory of equestrian products. Dover prides itself on its tack stores which are designed to evoke a premier horse barn and are beautifully merchandised with saddles, tack, apparel and horse care items.

Dover was recently voted favorite tack store by readers of the equestrian publication Equestrian Quarterly.

In addition to the presenting sponsorship of the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, Dover is generously donating prizes for the always popular Barn Night, including a wheelbarrow full of barn supplies and two gift certificates.

“We are glad to welcome Dover Saddlery to the National Horse Show,” said Mason Phelps, Jr., the President of the National Horse Show Association of America. “The ASPCA Maclay is the highlight event for our young riders and we’re delighted to have the name Dover Saddlery associated with such an important class.”

Dover Saddlery’s Janet Nittman noted, “We wanted to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to be associated with a nationally renowned class. Dover Saddlery has been a long-time sponsor of the USHJA and of many equestrian events throughout the country,” she said. “Dover offers the widest selection of quality products for the hunter/jumper riders and it is very rewarding to sponsor and to meet many of our customers at the various shows. We look forward to being in Lexington for the Maclay.”

On Sunday history will come full circle as former Maclay winner Peter Wylde (1982) will award the trophy to the winner of the 2014 ASPCA Alfred. B. Maclay Championship. Wylde will be bestowing the honor on behalf of his longtime sponsor Dover Saddlery, first time sponsors of the Maclay at the National Horse Show this year.

Wylde won the Rolex-Maclay National Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden in 1982. Like many of his peers who achieve the honor, Wylde chose a career as a professional rider and went on to represent the United States in international competition earning team and individual Silver medals at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada in 1999 as well as the Male Equestrian of the Year title from the United States Olympic Committee.

In 2002, Wylde and Fein Cera won the individual bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, where Fein Cera was awarded the coveted “Best Horse” honor. The pair was again chosen to represent the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where they helped the U.S. to win the team gold.

Wylde’s classic riding style has earned leading rider titles from some of the world’s finest horse shows including the Washington International Horse Show, the CSI-W Geneva, and the CSN Manheim. He has won the Style of Riding Awards at the CHIO Aachen, Germany; the CSI Vienna, Austria; at the American Gold Cup; and three times at the Hampton Classic.

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner was Jacob Pope, and in 2013 Lillie Keenan was named the winner.

Tickets for the 2014 National Horse Show are available at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The highlights for this year’s show include, on Thursday night, the Copernicus Stables, LLC $75,000 International Open Jumpers – Time First Jump Off. Friday night’s feature is the Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Top Score Costume Class in honor of Halloween night. On Saturday, it’s the main event, the $250,000 CP National Horse Show Grand Prix. On Sunday afternoon the National Horse Show plays host to the Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class Presented by Dover’s Saddlery beginning early in the morning and continuing with the final round at approximately 3:00 PM.

All evening sessions begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 – November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Email:
Cindy@nhs.org

Website:
www.nhs.org

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors – Matt Morrissey at matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org Phone: (859) 608-3709
Advertising and Program Sales – Dee Thomas at jmstables@aol.com Phone: 561-310-7679
Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:

Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Junior Riders Prepare to Shine at the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship

Caitlin Boyle aboard Loredo. Photo by Shawn McMillen Photography.

Lexington, KY – October 24, 2014 – The historic National Horse Show is just around the corner and junior riders are preparing to showcase their skills during the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship. Held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on November 2, 2014, the top junior riders in the nation will compete under the watchful eye of judges McLain Ward and Chrystine Tauber to try and capture the coveted winning title.

Throughout the year, riders worked diligently to qualify for one of the eight regional finals, where only the top finishers earned the chance to advance to the championship finals. Leading the way for Region 2 for the second year in a row Michael Hughes, who took home the 2013 USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – East, and looks to add the Maclay National Championship to his growing résumé.

Hughes will be facing stiff competition, including 2014 USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – West champion Sydney Hutchins, who captured the Region 8 title. Spectators can also expect top performances from Region 1’s Ali Tritschler and McKayla Langmeier. Tritschler claimed the regional title, but last week Langmeier beat her out during the 2014 New England Equitation Championship, just days after earning the reserve championship at the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Finals.

The winner of the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Finals was Spencer Smith, whose parents Ken and Emily Smith are top trainers and hope to see their son make this a banner year with two equitation titles. Spencer is not the only rider with parents who know how to find a winner, though. Caitlin Boyle’s father Pat Boyle is the owner of Showplace Productions, and he has been helping his daughter every step of the way, including her winning the Region 4 Finals over Smith.

Already a winner at the grand prix level and winner at the 2013 USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, Victoria Colvin hopes to add one title that is missing from her résumé, and that is an equitation championship. With the support of owner Dr. Betsee Parker, Colvin has spent the year focusing on equitation and hopes this will be her year.

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner was Jacob Pope, and in 2013 Lillie Keenan was named the winner.

Tickets for the 2014 National Horse Show CSI-W 4* are available online at Ticketleap.com, the official ticket provider for this year’s event. The top-rated equestrian showcase returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on October 28 – November 2, 2014.

Tickets purchased through Ticketleap.com are discounted 20% as compared to tickets bought at the gate. Children 12 and under are always admitted at no charge.

Tickets for each prime-time show on Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday daytime can be purchased now at Ticketleap.com at: http://nationalhorseshow.ticketleap.com/nhs2014/.

The highlights for this year’s show include on Thursday night, the Copernicus Stables, LLC $75,000 International Open Jumpers – Time First Jump Off. Friday night’s feature is the Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Top Score Costume Class in honor of Halloween night. On Saturday, it’s the main event, the $250,000 CP National Horse Show Grand Prix. On Sunday afternoon the National Horse Show plays host to the Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class Presented by Dover’s Saddlery beginning early in the morning and continuing with the final round at approximately 3:00 PM.

All evening sessions begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

The prize list for the National Horse Show can be downloaded at: https://www.nhs.org/prize-list-and-entry-forms/.

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 – November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Email:
Cindy@nhs.org

Website:
www.nhs.org

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors – Matt Morrissey at matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org Phone: (859) 608-3709
Advertising and Program Sales – Dee Thomas at jmstables@aol.com Phone: 561-310-7679
Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:

Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Ashton Alexander Claims Title of Region 3 Maclay Champion at Southeast Medal Finals

Ashton Alexander and Fernway Park.

Jacksonville, FL – September 21, 2014 – Qualifying for the ASPCA Maclay Championship is a very big deal, and all of the riders at today’s competition knew that. As the final day of the 2014 Southeast Medal Finals took place, the anticipated Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship was the class to watch. Even viewers not in the stands were able to stream the class from the comfort of their homes and watch as Ashton Alexander impressed the judges and claimed the title of Region 3 Maclay Champion.

Many of the riders were competing on veteran show horses, but judges were focusing their search on the riders themselves and how they connected with their mounts. The ability to practice good horsemanship and to display strong equitation can be vital to success in the industry, and a number of the nation’s top riders have either won or placed high in the Maclay finals themselves.

“The Maclay has created and developed a lot of top riders in our country for many years. Winners have gone on to be top professionals in the industry, and it’s an important class,” said today’s course designer Philip DeVita. “The big key is you have to have excellent flatwork. You have to be well rounded and have the ability to beat the group over fences but then come back and be able to do flatwork and have a strong base and show the judges that you’ve done your homework.”

DeVita continued: “Coming into the class, I don’t say: ‘I’m going to build a hard and challenging course,’ because I think coming into the ring is challenging enough. My style is a lot of bending and serpentining. I make them set their eyes on the jumps and make them shorten and lengthen, because when the riders use their eyes and make adjustments on their own, it separates the good from the best.”

44 horses went through the DeVita designed course and the top 33 were asked back in three groups of 11 for flat work. After the flat phase, the top four were asked back for further testing to determine the final order.

Olivia Woodson and Victor VD Sent
Olivia Woodson and Victor VD Sent

Alexander earned the winning title on Fernway Park, owned by Don Stewart, after flawlessly completing the test. Second place went to Olivia Woodson, who rode Victor VD Sent from Heels Down LLC. Aboard Dexter, Jordyn Katz, who trains with Tiffany Morrissey from Davie, FL, grabbed the third place on the podium.

“It’s a big important class, especially since it’s a horsemanship class. It’s based on your horsemanship and the passion you have with your horse, and I think it shows that you care for the horse and not just care about the ribbons. It’s a talent search for riders,” described Alexander. “We had a good day, but some other kids might be stronger when it comes to finals. It can go any way for anyone. You’re dealing with a wild animal so you just have to be confident going into it.”

Confidence seemed to go a long way for Alexander as she had no problem this weekend at the Southeast Medal Finals. In addition to her Maclay win Sunday afternoon, she also won Saturday’s Phelps Media Group Southeast Junior Medal Finals. Assurance and conviction seemed to be the words of the day as Brook Geddes of Jacksonville, Florida completed her courses with ease in the $500 Southeast Children’s Hunter 3′ Final.

The hometown winner who trains with Andrew Lustig out of Gedday Farm mesmerized the judges on Radius H. At the end of the two rounds, the pair ended the day with 321 points, almost 100 points ahead of their closest competitor.

“Radius H was my sister’s equitation horse before we retired him. Now my mom and I are riding him in the hunter ring,” Geddes said. “I just want to say thank you to Andrew, since I wouldn’t have been able to do it without him.”

Finishing the Children’s Hunter 3′ Final in second place was Sage Morris aboard Darwin. Morris trains with Danica Pryce out of Weston, Florida. Morris completed the finals with 263 points. Right on her heels, to claim the third place prize, was Siena Vasan on Cherche from Palm Ponies, who trains with Jane Fennessy.

Completing the day was the $500 Southeast Adult Hunter 3′ Finals, where Charity Durgin, from Fit To Print Farm in Woodstock, Georgia, claimed another win. With only two and a half years of competing under her belt, Durgin and Lead Story are cleaning up in the Adult Hunters.

“Today was wonderful, and the course was user-friendly and flowy with the jumps coming up nicely. [Lead Story] was excellent as always, and we had a perfect trip. He sealed the deal for me. Now we’re ready for Indoors,” laughed Durgin. “I’m very grateful for my horse. He’s truly a special one. He had done the first and second year [green hunters] and the junior medals with his previous owner, and now he’s doing the adults and equitation with me.”

For the second day in a row, Durgin and Lead Story nabbed the blue ribbon, finishing today with 319 points. Second place with 304 points went to Sherri Geddes on Geddaway who is owned by Geddaway Farm in Jacksonville, Florida. Taking the third place ribbon was Alexis Martin on Budweisczar.

Go to www.southeastmedalfinals.com for more information.

Southeast Medal Finals Fast Facts:

WHAT: The Southeast Medal Finals is an indoor and outdoor hunter, jumper and equitation horse show attracting the top riders.

WEBSITE: www.southeastmedalfinals.com

WHEN: September 18-21, 2014

WHERE:
The Jacksonville Equestrian Center, Jacksonville, FL, featuring a large indoor coliseum with 3,000 seats, two outdoor rings and 500 permanent stalls.
13611 Normandy Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32221

FEATURES

  • 4-Day “A”/Jumper Level 3 USEF-Rated Horse Show
  • The Phelps Media Group Southeast Junior Medal Finals
  • $500 Southeast Adult Hunter 3′ Final
  • Southeast Adult Medal Finals 3′ – 3’3″
  • $25,000 Jacksonville Grand Prix
  • Geddaway Farms $5,000 Welcome Stake
  • Region 3 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Championship
  • HorseGym $1,500 NAL/WIHS Children’s/Adult Jumper Classic
  • GGT & Eastwest Arena Construction $500 Southeast Children’s Hunter 3′ Final
  • Tenney’s Custom Saddlery Southeast Children’s/Adult Medal 2’6″ Finals
  • $500 Southeast Child/Adult Hunter 2’6″ Final
  • North Run $2,500 Junior/Amateur Jumper Classic

Managers:

James Lala (561) 906-6668
jdlala@aol.com

Michael Morrissey (941) 915-3449
michael.morrrissey@stadiumjumping.com

Secretary:
Susie Morrissey (941) 527-6602
susiemorr@aol.com

Sponsorship and Advertising:
Christian Palmer (612) 618-8216
clpalmer287@gmail.com

Media and Public Relations:
Carrie Wirth, Phelps Media Group (561) 753-3389
cw@phelpsmediagroup.com

Arianna Delin for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
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www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Michael Hughes Becomes Two-Time Winner of Region 2 Maclay Regional Championships

Michael Hughes.

North Salem, NY – September 13, 2014 – Every year, junior riders from around the country strive to earn points to qualify for the ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Regional Championships.

On Saturday, 52 of those young, qualified riders gathered at the American Gold Cup CSI4*-W to compete in the Region 2 ASPCA/NHSAA Maclay Regional Championships and to vie for their shot to ride at the esteemed ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Championship Finals at the National Horse Show this November.

Of the riders competing at the Region 2 Maclay Regional Championships, there was one rider in particular who has stood out to the judges for two years in a row: Michael Hughes. Hughes took the top call in the class last year, and he came back to do the same on Saturday.

The 18-year-old from Allendale, NJ shot to the top of the judges’ scorecards following the over fences phase, conducted over a course of multiple bending and broken lines and in-and-out combinations in the indoor arena of Old Salem Farm. Hughes then held that lead through the flat phase that is unique to the Maclay equitation format, clinching the victory, just as he did last year.

This year however, Hughes also got to earn the win alongside longtime friend and North Run barn mate, Ailish Cunniffe who finished in second.

“Together we both owe a lot to Missy [Clark] and John [Brennan]. They have taken us so far along in the equitation,” Cunniffe said. “We’re both so thankful for all of their help and both of our parents as well. My mom and dad and his mom and dad have both been big factors.

“My parents are professionals just like Mikey’s,” Cunniffe said, in speaking of her parents, Frank and Bonnie Cunniffe, and Hughes’ parents, Eamonn and Cathy Hughes. “We’ve known each other for quite some time. It’s neat to be doing well together.”

While both Hughes and Cunniffe credit their parents and North Run for much of their success, they are also quick to recognize the horses they competed today. For Cunniffe, that meant recognizing Venice, the equitation horse that she has owned for over a year, but for Hughes, up until this morning he still had the decision to make as to what horse he would be on.

“I didn’t really know which horse I was going to do,” Hughes said. “I had to choose between a younger horse of Missy’s and an experienced horse that had already been there, Campreoll. I knew [Campreoll] was going to go in and be really good. I really have to thank Cailin McNamara, the owner, and Brian Feigus for letting me ride him.”

With their performance together today, Campreoll will most likely be the mount that Hughes rides for the Maclay Finals at the National Horse Show, but he will be deciding for sure over the next month.

“I still have a few horses to choose from that weren’t even here. I have to thank all of the people that have given me horses to ride,” Hughes said.

Choosing the right horse to allow him to ride his best at the Maclay Finals is particularly important this year, as it is Hughes’ last year competing as a junior.

“He’s a grandpa!” joked Cunniffe.

While Cunniffe still has another shot at the Maclay Finals victory after this year, it is guaranteed that they will both work equally hard for their shot at the victory and the possibility to earn their place in the record books.

“The fact also that it’s been around for so long and that it used to be at [Madison Square Garden] makes it a special class,” Cunniffe said.

“It means a lot,” Hughes added. “Doing the equitation has been so much fun. You learn so much from it, and going to finals every year and having a new experience is great whether you win or not.”

Rounding out the top three in Saturday’s class was Lucy Deslauriers riding Lucky D’etenclin. Fourth place went to Megan MacPherson and Great Expectations.

All of the top entries from today’s Regional Championship have qualified for the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Horsemanship Championship Finals at the National Horse Show, to be held Nov. 2, 2014. For more information, visit www.nhs.org.

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 – November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Email:
Cindy@nhs.org

Website:
www.nhs.org

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors – Matt Morrissey at matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org Phone: (859) 608-3709
Advertising and Program Sales – Dee Thomas at jmstables@aol.com Phone: 561-310-7679
Sponsorship – Mason Phelps at mpjr@phelpsmediagroup.com or 561-753-3389 or Susie Webb at webb_susie@yahoo.com or 301-520-6162

Hotels:
HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT – 859 -977-5870 – Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 – Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit www.visitlex.com and www.georgetownky.com.

Management:
Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)
email: hakshows@earthlink.net
website: www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan
859-233-0492
Email: secretary.nhs@aol.com

NATIONAL HORSE SHOW MEDIA CONTACT:

Re: News and Information:
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
12230 Forest Hill Blvd.
Suite 214
Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
561-753-3386 (fax)
pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
www.phelpsmediagroup.com

Victory for Vivian Yowan in ASPCA Maclay at Kentucky Spring Horse Show

Vivian Yowan and Crackerjack.

Lexington, KY – May 9, 2014 – As a Lexington native, Vivian Yowan is no stranger to competing and winning at the Kentucky Horse Park. Today, she added to her list of victories in her own backyard with a win in the ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship Class at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show.

Yowan bested the field through an over fences and a flat phase to ride away with the win aboard Crackerjack, owned by Saddle Ridge, LLC. Finishing in second behind Yowan was Emma Kurtz aboard Scott Stewart’s VIP Z. Lizzie Van Der Walde rounded out the top three riding Gregor, owned by Dasilva Investments.

While riding at the Kentucky Horse Park and in the equitation division is nothing new for Yowan, it is new domain for her winning mount, Crackerjack.

“Cracker just started doing the equitation in Florida, so he’s just figuring it out,” Yowan said of the 8-year-old gelding. “He’s a little young, so at home we practice a lot of courses and bending lines to get him a bit more experienced.”

Yowan is also competing in the High Junior Jumpers throughout the two weeks of Kentucky Spring Horse Shows, but she places high value on the equitation classes.

“It really is the basis of all the other disciplines in riding,” said Yowan of equitation. “I really want to move up in the jumpers, so this really helps you with the track work and all of that so, as you move up, you feel even more comfortable doing those bigger jumps.”

Yowan and Crackerjack also finished second in today’s Hunter Phase of the WIHS Equitation, while Kelli Cruciotti and Monterrey finished in first. Both riders will return for the WIHS jumper phase on Sunday at 8 a.m.

Papillon 136 Sees Continued Success in Second Career with Rachel Boggus

When it comes to experience in the equitation ring, Rachel Boggus’ Papillon 136 is at the opposite end of the spectrum from Yowan’s Crackerjack. With Jessica Springsteen at the reins, the gelding won the 2008 ASPCA Maclay Finals, the 2009 Pessoa/USEF Hunt Seat Medal Final, the 2009 George Morris Excellence in Equitation class and countless other equitation classes leading up to the Finals.

Rachel Boggus and Papillon 136
Rachel Boggus and Papillon 136

Now at 17 years old and with Boggus in the saddle, Papillon 136 has found a new division to excel in – the Adult Equitation. Boggus rode Papillon 136 to the win in today’s Ariat National Adult Medal.

Boggus purchased Papillon 136 in November after she heard from Stacia Madden and Beacon Hill Farm that they were ready to step the older horse down from the 3’6″ equitation. The new pair hit it off, and they come to Kentucky off of a successful winter season at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).

“He was circuit champion in the adult equitation at WEF,” Boggus said. “He’s the best. We don’t really do much at home. He just treadmills; we do a lot of flat lessons and some pole courses, but we try to save him for the horse shows, because obviously he knows what he’s doing. We just try to take good care of him and spoil him.”

Boggus now has her sights set firmly on this year’s Ariat National Adult Medal Finals, and if today’s performance was any indication, she has just the horse to take her there.

Competition continues tomorrow at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show and includes this week’s hunter highlight classes: the $5,000 Hallway Feeds USHJA National Hunter Derby and the $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby beginning at 5 p.m. in the Rolex Stadium.

To learn more about the Kentucky Spring Horse Show, please visit www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Emily Riden for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

MEDIA CONTACT:
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Wellington, FL 33414
561-753-3389 (phone)
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pmginfo@phelpsmediagroup.com
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McLain Ward and Chrystine Tauber to Judge 2014 ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals at National Horse Show

McLain Ward.

Lexington, KY – May 5, 2014 – The historic National Horse Show, scheduled for the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky, October 28 through November 2, 2014, announced the line-up of judges for the ASPCA Maclay National Championship today. Olympian McLain Ward will be judging the country’s top junior riders alongside the United States Equestrian Federation President Chrystine Tauber.

Ward grew up riding and competing the equitation himself, and has gone on to help the United States Show Jumping Team win two Team Gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2008 Hong Kong Olympics. He is one of the most decorated riders in Show Jumping, with wins in almost every major grand prix, and is well known for his textbook style in the saddle.

“It is a huge honor to judge the Maclay Finals because it is the most prestigious national championship of equitation in our country,” stated Ward.  “It is great honor from your peers that they respect your level of riding and horsemanship enough to give you the opportunity to be in that position.”

Ward continued, “All judging comes down to a philosophy. I look at equitation as a stepping stone to something even bigger. While some junior careers end [after the Finals], many of those that are most successful in the equitation go on to have careers as top show jumpers. If you look at it as a stepping stone, and you see the different ways the rider has developed, the talent as well as their horsemanship and mental point of view, the most well rounded, well prepared junior wins in the end.”

Chrystine Tauber
Chrystine Tauber

Tauber is a past equitation champion herself, winning both the AHSA Medal and ASPCA Maclay Finals in 1965. She is a top rated USEF judge, course designer, trainer and rider and has been involved in the governance of the sport for nearly forty years. In addition to the presidency of the USEF, she serves as the vice president of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association. Tauber has judged all the major equitation finals, most recently judging USEF Medal Finals. She has also judged the IHSA Finals and the NCAA Finals twice.

“I have judged the ASPCA Maclay Finals several times in the past and each time it has evolved to a higher standard as a national championship competition,” explained Tauber. “We have more depth of talent in our young riders than ever before so designing the courses, the flat work, and the tests are an exciting challenge.  I am really looking forward to working on these with McLain. He is an Olympic Gold Medalist, a great trainer, and a super stylish rider over Grand Prix height jumps. Combining our talents to create appropriate tests for the junior riders at this level and collaborating on our assessments of the riders is definitely something to look forward to for this year’s finals.”

Tauber concluded, “The Maclay Finals format provides the judges with an opportunity to have a very thorough look at the competitors both over fences and on the flat. The riders should demonstrate a complete knowledge of riding a horse on the bit in a good rhythm as well as a sophisticated coordination of their aids in order to provide a positive influence on the horse’s performance; plus the ability to maintain that rapport and focus under pressure. And, of course, do all of this with poise and style. It is, after all, an equitation championship.”

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner was Jacob Pope, and in 2013 Lillie Keenan was named the winner.

Eight regional competitions will determine which top junior riders will travel to Kentucky to compete during the 2014 ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals, which will be held Sunday, November 2, 2014.

For more information, please visit the National Horse Show website at www.nhs.org.

2014 National Horse Show Fast Facts

What:
The Alltech National Horse Show is a week-long championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 28 – November 2, 2014, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

Parking:
The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS.

Directions:
The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:
2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
Cindy Bozan
email: cindy@nhs.org
Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496

Telephone:
Phone: (516) 484-1865
Fax: (516) 484-1982

Email:
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Website:
www.nhs.org

Shopping:
Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

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Vendors – Matt Morrissey at matt.morrissey@stadiumjumping.com or call (941) 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org Phone: (859) 608-3709
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HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
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HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES – 502-868-8000 – Approximately 6 miles

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National Horse Show Announces 2014 Dates and Locations for ASPCA Maclay Regionals

Lillie Keenan of New York, NY won the 2013 ASPCA Maclay National Championships. Photo Credit: Shawn McMillen.

Lexington, KY – March 31, 2014 – The National Horse Show is pleased to announce the dates and locations for this year’s ASPCA Maclay Regional competitions. The horse shows’ qualifying classes determine which riders will compete in the Alfred B, Maclay ASPCA National Championship, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky on November 2, 2014.

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2012 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner was Jacob Pope, and in 2013 Lillie Keenan was named the winner.

Separate entry blanks for the ASPCA Maclay Regionals must be mailed to the National Horse Show. All other classes and stall requests should go directly to the host horse show.

The following Regional competitions will be qualifiers for the National Championship. Please contact the appropriate regional horse show for a prize list.

2014 MACLAY REGIONAL CONTACTS:

Region 1, Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT) – SEPTEMBER 21
Fairfield County Hunt Club, Fairfield, CT

Region 2, East (NJ, NY, PA) – SEPTEMBER 13
Old Salem Farm, North Salem, NY – 914-669-5610

Region 3, Southeast (AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV) – SEPTEMBER 21
Southeast Medal Finals, Jacksonville, FL – 904-993-2053 alexisgnewman@gmail.com

Region 4, Midwest (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH) – SEPTEMBER 20
Kentucky National, Lexington, KY – 615-838-7560 wldwoo@aol.com

Region 5, Central (AZ, IA, KS, LA, MO, MN, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, WI) – SEPTEMBER 13
St. Louis National Charity, Lake St. Louis, MO – 314-308-1162 stlnchorseshow@aol.com

Region 6, Mountain (AZ, CO, NM, UT) – SEPTEMBER 13
Colorado Springs Fall Classic, CO – 818-679-5776 ceskinner@earthlink.net

Region 7, Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY) – SEPTEMBER 13
NorthWest Autumn Classic, Monroe, WA – 360-805-6711 DIANJNSN@aol.com

Region 8, West (CA, HI, NV) – SEPTEMBER 13
Blenheim Fall Tournament, San Juan Capistrano, CA – 949-443-1841 showpark@aol.com

For more information on the ASPCA Maclay National Championships and its qualifiers as well as the National Horse Show, please visit http://www.nhs.org.

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