Articles: Press Release
126th National Horse Show Wrap-Up:
October 28-November 1, 2009
Jennifer Wood of
Phelps Media Group, Inc.
at (561) 753-3389 or at email@example.com
Syracuse, NY - November 1, 2009 - The 126th National Horse Show was a great
success this year with top hunter and equitation competition. The hunters
ran their classes on Wednesday through Friday. The highlight event, the
ASPCA Maclay National Championship, was held on Saturday, October 31. The
126th National Horse Show is featured at the Syracuse Invitational
Sporthorse Tournament in the War Memorial at the Oncenter Complex in
When the 2009 ASPCA Maclay National Championships came to a close, it was
17-year-old Zazou Hoffman of Santa Monica, CA, who prevailed through three
rounds to win this year's coveted equitation final.
In the first round of competition, 150 riders were tested on a course
designed by the judges, Bill Moroney of Middleburg, VA, and Jack Towell of
Camden, SC, in cooperation with course designer Richard Jeffery of Dorset,
England. The riders who rode the first course smoothly, out-of-stride, and
with style were the ones called back in the top 30 to test on the
flat. Three groups of 10 were tested, and from there the judges called back
the top 24 riders for a second round over fences. The top 24 returned with
Samantha Harrison of La Canada, CA, called back on top.
The course for the second round was a unique design, with 12 jumps available
for riders to make their own nine-fence course. The trot jump was required,
as was a hand gallop to a fence of their choice.
After the second round, the judges made the decision to call back four
riders for a test after the second round. The test included a broken line,
two rollbacks to oxers, and a bending line down the long side of the ring to
finish. While the test looked relatively simple, the catch was that the
riders had to do this without stirrups.
The first rider called back was Samantha Harrison on Triple Lutz. Harrison
had a smooth round, but had several rubs at the jumps.
Following her was Hale of Odessa, FL, on Urco. Hale had a very solid test
and performed a nice slice across the third jump after the first
rollback. "We definitely do a lot without stirrups, and I'm really tight, so
I felt like this was an advantage for me," Hale admitted. "I felt like I
rode really well."
Fifteen-year-old Chase Boggio of Canton, GA, was next in on Golou II. While
he had some slight rubs, his body stayed quiet, his leg was solid, and his
pace never wavered.
In addition to today's second place finish, Boggio won the North American
Equitation Championship at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, was seventh in
the USEF Medal Finals, and placed second in the WIHS Equitation Classic
Finals. However, those ribbons were on his usual horse Graphiq. Today, he
rode Golou II, owned by Horizon Hill Farm.
He spoke of his decision to ride a new horse and said, "The Lubranos lent me
their really great horse, so I took that opportunity. It was the first time
I've ever shown him. Today was only the third day I've jumped him around a
course. It just felt great to keep putting in consistent round after
The last to test was Hoffman, who had to feel the pressure of being on
top. Hoffman placed third in the National Championship last year, and this
was her last competition as a junior rider.
She and Ivy, the horse she rode last year, performed a smooth test and made
the work without stirrups look very easy. The crowd erupted after she jumped
the final fence, but she would have to wait for the awards presentation, and
the countdown of the top ten riders, before she knew the outcome.
The judges rewarded Hoffman's style and consistency with the honor of
winning the longest-running and most historical of the equitation
finals. She said through tears, "It's unreal. It's nice to see that I've
improved that much over last year. I was just so excited that it finally
happened and that I finally did it."
Hoffman trains with Missy Clark, John Brennan, and Kristy McCormack at North
Run and spends much of her time on the East Coast as a working student. The
North Run team was in tears when Hoffman was announced as the winner. Clark
said, "I'm so thrilled for Zazou. She's worked so hard. She's such a great
worker and really devoted to the whole part of horsemanship. It isn't just
about riding for her. It's the whole picture, which is really refreshing and
unusual. She's in the barn working all day. She really deserves it, and I'm
very proud of her."
Judge Bill Moroney pointed out that Hoffman made smart decisions that
eventually put her to the top of their list. He commented, "She was
consistent. In the second round, she created a course that suited her
horse. They had a shot to show off, and it did change the order a
bit. That's what we liked about her. She continued to ride forward. She
didn't get overly conservative and try to play it safe."
The ASPCA President Ed Sayres spoke to the riders and brought the issues of
equine and animal welfare to light. "In the past, the winners of the Maclay
have been ambassadors and helped with all of the issues that horses are
facing in this country. We're proud to make you part of this, and we look
forward to working more with you," he remarked.
Final Results: 2009 ASPCA Maclay National Championship
Rider, Horse, Hometown, Trainers
1. Zazou Hoffman, Ivy, Santa Monica, CA, Missy Clark, John Brennan, Kristy
2. Chase Boggio, Golou II, Canton, GA, Christina Schlusemeyer, Bob Braswell
3. Morgan Hale, Urco, Odessa, FL, Don Stewart, Jr.
4. Samantha Harrison, Triple Lutz, La Canada, CA, Karen Healey
5. Laura Pfeiffer, Catwoman, Temperance, MI, Polly Howard
6. Lucy Davis, Patrick, Los Angeles, CA, Archie Cox
7. Lillie Keenan, New York, NY, Logan, Andre Dignelli, Kirsten Coe, Patricia
8. Amber Henter, St. Petersburg, FL, Triumph, Christina Schlusemeyer, Bob
9. Hasbrouck Donovan, Gainesville, FL, Almost Famous, Don Stewart Jr., Bibby
10. Molly Braswell, Ocala, FL, The General, Bob Braswell, Christina
Hunter Competition: Wednesday through Friday
Four championships were awarded on Thursday, along with the Grand Champion
Open Hunter and Leading Hunter Rider titles. Francesca, owned by Pony Lane
Farm of Bluffdale, UT, and ridden by Maggie Jayne of Elgin, IL, were named
the Grand Champion Open Hunter after they won two hunter division
championships. Jayne was named the Leading Hunter Rider. Francesca's success
also gave them the title of National Horse Show Grand Hunter Champion.
Jayne had an incredible two days with her hunters at the 126th National
Horse Show. She and Francesca, an eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare,
finished as the Green Conformation and Regular Conformation Hunter
champions. The reserve champion in the division was South Beach, ridden by
Jennifer Alfano for Bright Star 158 LLC.
Francesca and Jayne swept the Regular Conformation Hunter division ribbons
and won the Regular Conformation championship. Jayne was reserve champion in
the Regular Conformation Hunters on Early Applause, also owned by Pony Lane
Farm. Jayne noted, "It's great. The horses have been really solid. I'm
excited for the owners, and for the horses to go this well."
Jennifer Alfano of Buffalo, NY, also had a great day in the hunter
divisions. Starting out, she won the Green Working Hunter championship on
Kid Rock, owned by Bright Star 158 LLC. The reserve champion was Bengale,
ridden by Jeffrey Ayers for Gerald A. Camera.
Alfano picked up the Regular Working Hunter championship on Kid Rock's "big
brother," Rock Star, who is also owned by Bright Star 158 LLC. They finished
the week with a win in the stake class. The reserve champion was Overseas,
ridden by Hunt Tosh for Laura Wasserman.
"He just felt so great in the stake today," Alfano said of Rock Star. "I'm
happy to have him, since a little over a year ago he had colic surgery and
it was pretty bad. It's great just to have him back showing, and it's really
special for me. He's always been a special horse, but to have him come back
and be champion here is just amazing."
Special prizes and trophies were given to the winners on Friday. Caitlin
Ziegler of Mequon, WI, rode Safari to the Grand Junior Hunter Championship,
while Darby Toben of Princeton, NJ, and Nijinski were the Grand
Amateur-Owner Hunter Champions.
Ziegler and Safari competed in the Small Junior 15 & Under Hunter division,
where they were fifth over fences, second under saddle, won the handy
hunter, and finished with a win in the stake class to be named
champions. Their top ribbons also gave them the grand championship for the
junior hunters. The reserve champion in the division was Genuine, ridden by
Lillie Keenan and owned by Chansonette Farms LLC.
Ziegler was very excited to win the championship at the National Horse Show
in her first year of showing Safari indoors. "The grand championship was
kind of a surprise, and we weren't really expecting that. It's really
important and exciting. This is probably one of the biggest things I've ever
won," she expressed. "It's big enough just to qualify, and I was excited
just to be coming here, so to win is really great."
In the Large Junior 15 & Under Hunter division, Lillie Keenan of New York,
NY, stepped up to the championship spot on North Country, owned by Blantyre
Farm. They placed first and second over fences during the week. The reserve
champion was Quality Time, ridden by Hasbrouck Donovan for Don Stewart Jr.
Jennifer Waxman of Chagrin Falls, OH, finished out her last show as a junior
rider with plenty of success in the hunters. She rode Red Panda for John
Ingram to the championship in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters and Vida Blue
for Elm Rock LLC to the top tricolor in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters,
which was presented by Suzanne Marquard. Amalfi and Danielle Cooper were
reserve champions in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunter division, while Saer
Coulter rode Positano to the reserve championship in the Large Junior 16-17
Darby Toben and Nijinski have been on a roll this fall and picked up their
second Grand Champion title here, thanks to their championship in the
Amateur-Owner 18-35 Hunters, presented in part by Virginia Fout in honor of
Paul and Eve Fout. They won the same titles at the PA National Horse Show
two weeks earlier. This week, they won all three over fences classes and
finished second under saddle. The reserve champion in the division was
Londeur, ridden and owned by Elizabeth Perry.
Toben has owned Nijinski, a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, for five
years and this was one of their biggest wins together. "I was a little
nervous going into today," Toben admitted. "I've never swept the jumping
classes at an indoor show, and this was our first championship here." After
a break from showing this summer, Nijinski returned at Capital Challenge and
went on to have his best fall indoor season.
In the Amateur-Owner Over 35 Hunters, Ellen Toon of South Salem, NY,
repeated her championship performance from last year on Invincible. They won
the opening class, were second in the handy, fifth in the under saddle, and
finished fourth today for the championship in the division, which is
presented by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Oare. The reserve champion was Fine
Kiss, ridden and owned by Betty Oare.
In a presentation before the final round of the ASPCA Maclay National
Championships on Saturday, Taylor Land of Alpharetta, GA, was awarded the
Iris McNeil Perpetual Trophy, donated by Susie Schoellkopf, David Distler,
and Walter J. Lee. The award is given to a junior rider who has made a
contribution to the sport.
For more information on the National Horse Show, please visit www.nhs.org.