Monday, April 03, 2006

First Things First - Introducing Maria

Gene Mische, Maria Schaub and Bobby Drennan. © 2006 Nancy Jaffer.
Photo at right: Maria Schaub receives the sportsmanship award during the American Invitational from Gene Mische and Bobby Drennan. © 2006 Nancy Jaffer.

As one of the key players on Animal Planet's "Horse Power: Road to the Maclay" series, Maria Schaub won the hearts of fans with her plucky attitude--even when her favorite mount was sold just before the Maclay finals.

Although she has her own horse, Whimsey, he was sidelined with an injury for more than 18 months, which meant she had to be quite a catch rider. Handling unfamiliar horses in difficult equitation tests became Maria's specialty.

Despite the handicap of not riding her own horse, she rose to the top of the Bates USA Equitation rankings and won the Ronnie Mutch trophy, the division's championship at the 2006 Winter Equestrian Festival.

Determination, an elegant and effective riding style and a warm manner make Maria a favorite with everyone.

A student of Stacia and Frank Madden at Beacon Hill, where she also works with Max Amaya and Krista Freundlich, Maria is a 16-year-old junior at Holmdel High School in New Jersey.

She will be giving you an insider's take on the horse show scene in the coming weeks with this new blog on So bookmark this blog and look for the latest from Maria!

--The Staff


At Thu May 11, 05:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! You are such a wonderful rider and I just admired you on Horse Power. I'm still in crossrails! :(
I know I can do much more though! Well, I haven't really looked around here yet. So, what is it like to be in the top ten teen riders in the country? It must be amazing! Well, I hope to here from you soon! :)

At Tue May 16, 04:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey maria i just wanted to say i adored u in the show. i think its awesome of u to open a blog too so u can share ur new wins! im just starting the whole jumpers thing soon, but i've been doing dressage for a good solid tym n im increasingly getting better! x) cant wait to read sum more of ur blogs, n i may go to devon the end of this month! sld b fun.

At Mon May 22, 05:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria! I live in Tampa (the Invitational was great!). I'm showing children's hunters right now but i'll be doing junior hunters next season. Do you have any tips for showing in juniors?

At Tue May 30, 12:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How was Devon?

At Mon Aug 14, 06:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heyy! Maria its Olivia. Hows Whimsey you and life. I cant wait to see you agin. I just move up in jumping now i am jumping ALMOST 2 feet. Any way how were the up coming show? Good? Bad?. what places did you come in? Hope you came in first!!:) (Hows Dillon+Devon)Well I hope to here from you soon!

At Tue Dec 19, 08:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heyy Maria its Olivia I just whabted THANK YOU so mich for giving me your old saddle!!

Agin thanks SOOOO much


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