Articles: 2009 Horse News
Class Specification and Declaration Form
Changed for ASPCA Maclay Classes in 2009
Jennifer Wood of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at email@example.com
New York, NY - January 16, 2009 - The National Horse Show
Association of America announced new information for their Rules and
Regulations as well as the declaration form for the 2009 ASPCA Maclay
equitation classes. ASPCA Maclay classes are held nationwide and count as
qualifiers for the ASPCA Maclay Regionals and the ASPCA Maclay National
The new information for the Rules and Regulations section
for the ASPCA Maclay classes reads as follows under the "Conditions Governing
Regional Final Competition" heading: "Riders must compete in either the
Regional Finals of their own official USEF residence, the official USEF
residence of their trainer or choose another unrelated region. Riders competing
in the Regional Finals of
their resident states must meet the qualifying requirements of their resident
Riders competing in the Regional Finals of his or her
trainer's resident state, must meet the qualifying requirements of whichever is
greater-the rider's resident state or that of the trainer.
If a rider enters to compete in another Regional Final other
than his or her own or trainer's region, they must have obtained the highest
number of points required in the state within the chosen region or their own
region, whichever is greater."
Karen Healey, a trainer from California and the Chair of the
USHJA Hunt Seat Equitation Task Force, pointed out, "It had become increasingly
difficult to police people who were taking advantage of the old rule and were
cheating by entering a Regional Final that required less points than their home
state. This is to help make it an even playing field for all of the riders."
Also changed in the Rules and Regulations under the
"Selection and Finalists" heading is: "In order to qualify for the Regional
Finals conducted by the National Horse Show Association, contestants must win
the following: in CT, NJ, NY a rider must win 50 points." This is changed from
last year from 60 points. However, riders competing in ASPCA Maclay classes may
continue to show until they have reached 60 points.
Leo Conroy, the Chair of the National Horse Show Maclay
Committee, stated, "We lowered the qualifying points for Region 2 in response
to the concern from trainers that in order to reach 60 points, horses were
showing more than they should be. This decision was made for the welfare of the
horse and to also give riders and their parents some relief in these economic
The declaration form for ASPCA Maclay competitors is new as
well. A new form must be filled out and sent in to the National Horse Show
Association of America.
The new Rules and Regulations as well as the new declaration
form can be found at the National Horse Show website, www.nhs.org.