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Megan Young Finishes a Brilliant Junior Career With a Win in the 2004
ASPCA Maclay National Equitation Championship at the Metropolitan
National Horse Show.
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NEW YORK, NY - November 3, 2004 -
The title of National Champion was on the line Sunday afternoon,
November 7, at Pier 94 at the Show Piers in New York City. At the end of
this long day, one of the 104 riders entered in the 2004 ASPCA Maclay
National Championship for the ASPCA Horsemanship Classes would emerge
with that title.
Riders qualified for the finals by placing in regional competitions held
throughout the United States earlier in the year.
The first round of jumping action featured a challenging course designed
by the judges for this year's finals - Olympic course designer Linda
Allen, former Maclay national champion Chrystine Tauber, and Scott
Williamson. The course consisted of 14 jumping efforts including a
double and a triple combination.
Following the first round of jumping action, the list of riders was
trimmed to 74 and they returned to the ring in three groups to determine
who would move on to the final round of competition.
The judges then narrowed the final field to 15 riders:
1 - Addison Phillips, New York, NY
2 - Catherine Wright, Old Chatham, NY
3 - Brianne Goutal, New York, NY
4 - Whitney Weeks, Wellington, FL
5 - Maria Schaub, Holmdel, NJ
6 - Kasey Ament - Reche Canyon, CA
7 - Megan Young, Jacksonville, FL
8 - Julie Welles, West Simsbury, CT
9 - Blythe Morano, Denville, NJ
10 - Daisy Johnson, New York, NY
11 - Nikko Ritter, Geneva, FL
12 - Jessica Speiser, Armonk, NY
13 - Nicole Adamson, Los Angeles, CA
14 - Morgan Taylor, Salinas, CA
15 - Ana Ousouljoglou, Bridgewater, NJ
The riders returned in reverse order and competed over a different
course, this time consisting of 10 jumping efforts that included a
double combination and a trot jump at the last fence. Riders were also
asked to canter directly to fence number one and hand gallop the third
When the dust cleared from this second round of jumping, the issue had
yet to be settled and the title was still on the line as the judges
requested further testing from the top three competitors.
Addison Phillips, Megan Young and Julie Welles were asked to jump
For Addison Phillips it was a nightmare at the first jump of the test
when her horse apparently misjudged the distance to a natural obstacle
of brush and rails, crashing through the fence. Phillips did a wonderful
job of maintaining her balance and composure to complete the testing
without further problems.
"I really can't explain what happened in there," Phillips said. "I
thought I got to the fence pretty well, but he never really left the
Megan Young was workmanlike and polished in completing her test, as was
Julie Welles. Julie's horse however, pulled a rail.
When it was all said and done it was Megan Young's name that was
announced as the 2004 ASPCA Maclay National Champion.
For Megan Young it's been a year of great success, topped off by a
tremendous fall tour. Young won the North American Equitation
Championship at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro,
Maryland, in late September. She followed that with a win in the USEF
National Hunt Seat Medal Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then a second place finish at the USET
Medal Finals at Gladstone, New Jersey.
At the Metropolitan this weekend she won the Grand Junior Hunter
Championship and was named Best Child Rider on a Horse.
"It has been a great year," Young beamed. "I never expected it to be so
wonderful. I'm the luckiest kid ever. It has been a great final junior
Megan talked about today's Maclay Finals. "The first round course was
good," she explained. "You had a couple of options. You could either do
some leave-outs or you could add up depending on what you thought the
judges were looking for," Young went on. "I think they were looking
more for you to add up. There were a couple of jumper judges involved
and I think they wanted you to show you had control over your horse or
were adjustable enough and not just in there to run and leave out
strides because anyone can leave out strides," she said.
Then Young talked about phase two. "Unfortunately the flat phase is not
the best part of my riding, so I dropped down to seventh after that,"
"In the finals, coming in seventh, I knew I had nothing to lose," Young
said. "I decided I was going to go in there and be impressive and do
the best I could. The first two jumps felt great so I just galloped on
to the third and he swapped, so I was a little worried at that point,"
Young pointed out. "But the rest of the course worked out really great
and we moved up enough to get involved in the final testing."
The problems for Addison Phillips in the test were a windfall for Young.
"It was shocking really," she said. "But it really helped me, so I was
lucky she went first. My horse had jumped it almost the same way before
so after watching Addie I was able to be just a little smarter about it
and ride up to the distance rather than just cantering down to it and
make sure I jumped the jump and not be to impressive," Young explained.
Young was holding her breath, right up until the announcement was made.
"I thought it could still go either way between Julie and me," Young
said. "Into the testing of the top three, Julie got called on top and at
that point I really didn't know how far on top she was. Then it was a
matter of how they were going to score Julie's rail down, they could
have said it wasn't her rail, so I really thought it could have gone
A great junior career comes to a close with a National Championship for
Megan Young. But Megan says she won't be going to Disney World anytime
soon. "We've got a horse show in Tampa and then it's on to the National
Horse Show in Wellington. So I'll keep going through the National but
then I'm hoping to take a break and go to school. I'm enrolled at Santa
Fe Community College in Gainesville to study psychology."
The 2004 ASPCA Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Horsemanship
Classes. Official Results.
1 - Megan Young, Jacksonville, FL
2 - Julie Welles, West Simsbury, CT
3 - Addison Phillips, New York, NY
4 - Nicole Adamson, Los Angeles, CA
5 - Morgan Taylor, Salinas, CA
6 - Brianne Goutal, New York, NY
7 - Jessica Speiser, Armonk, NY
8 - Maria Schaub, Holmdel, NJ
9 - Blythe Morano, Denville, NJ
10 - Whitney Weeks, Wellington, FL