Someone asked how long I had been showing at big shows, and if I had ridden in the ponies. At eight and a half, I started at a riding summer camp. It was love at first sight! The first big show was in Ocala the following year in February, where I showed my friend Whitney's pony in the short stirrup hunter and equitation classes. Until age ten, showing at big shows was not the focus, I went to approximately ten a year; it was lessons and learning everything possible about horses and horse care. For about one year I did show in the children's hunter large pony, and then the next year I showed in the green small/mediums and the medium pony divisions. By the time I was almost twelve years old, I was getting too big for my pony, so my father took me for a lesson with Frank Madden. To tell you the truth, at the time, I was upset because I loved the ponies also. Then, I fell in love with horses and Beacon Hill, too!
Equitation rider Maria Schaub is at the top of her game and was one of the featured riders on Animal Planet's "Horse Power: Road to the Maclay." Ride along with her in this blog from EquiSearch.com.