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Hailey Johns Named as Official Junior Ambassador for Leo Conroy Maclay Grant

Hailey Johns competing in the 2017 ASPCA Maclay Equitation Finals. PC: Shawn McMillan Photography.

Lexington, KY – March 21, 2018 – The National Horse Show is pleased to announce 17-year-old Hailey Johns as the new Junior Ambassador for the Leo Conroy Maclay Grant (LCMG). Johns was a recipient of the important grant in 2017 and used it to compete at the National Horse Show in the ASPCA Maclay Equitation Championship.

Johns, who currently trains with Katie Kappler of Katie Kappler LLC, has been an avid equestrian since she was four years old. After a brief introductory phase at a western facility, Johns was introduced to the hunter and jumper disciplines. She competed in the pony divisions and junior hunter classes before making the transition to the equitation ring at age 12.

“I’d wanted to compete in the Maclay Finals for so long and I was so excited to have qualified but the first thing that I asked myself was ‘how am I going to make this possible?’” remarked Johns. “My parents had already completely expended our budget to get me to the regionals so I felt like I needed to cover as much of the expenses as possible.”

That’s when Johns says she and Kappler saw a poster advertising the grant at the regionals facility. “I researched it and I knew that was the best route to go. It seemed like an exceptional opportunity and perfect for me so I applied as soon as I could,” said Johns.

The Leo Conroy Maclay Grant was established in 2015 after the passing of rider and trainer, Leo Conroy. Conroy was an avid supporter of the National Horse Show and especially of the ASPCA Maclay Finals. He spent many years as the co-manager of the National Horse Show and acted as Chairman of the National Horse Show Equitation Committee. To commemorate his dedication and love for the show, the grant is awarded to up to 5 Maclay competitors and 3 Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3″ Equitation Championship competitors each year that demonstrate a need for financial support to participate in their divisions.

The ASPCA Maclay Final championship is considered one of the most prestigious equitation events in the country and hosts many young athletes from across the country.

All riders must qualify through regional competitions in order to compete at the Maclay finals. Those seeking assistance through the LCMG to support their journey are asked to detail an essay on the importance of the show to them and why they are a good choice as a recipient of the grant. The grant accommodates recipients by covering expenses associated with entry fees and stabling as well as a $1,000 stipend to cover additional show-related costs required to compete in the Maclay Final or Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3″ Equitation Championship.

“We are thrilled to have Hailey Johns represent the Leo Conroy Maclay Grant this year,” said Jennifer Burger, President of the National Horse Show. “Hailey is the perfect representation of the type of young person that we strive to help through the LCMG and we are looking forward to utilizing her to get the word out for the 2018 edition of the National Horse Show.”

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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


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

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.

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.

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.

2245 Stone Garden Lane Lexington, KY 40513
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Phone: (859) 608-3709
Fax: (866) 285-9496



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

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P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
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