MACLAY REGIONAL, 9/04/06- REGION 2
The day started bright and early at 6:15 am for the Maclay regional hosted by HITS Saugerties. All the riders had the opportunity to get their horses into the ring before the first class. The Beacon Hill junior riders schooled their horses with the guidance and assistance of Frank and Stacia Madden. The classes were run in the Grand Prix arena but only half the ring was used. After the course walk, at approximately 7:30 am, the Hunter warm-up class started with over sixty junior riders participating.
By 11:00 am, after a new course walk, the first round of the Region 2 qualifier had begun. The challenging course included two triple combinations, a few quick turns, and several bending lines. In the second part of the competition, the judges called back three groups of twelve to fourteen riders to complete the flat phase. The final phase was a test for the top six riders. The test included some of the following; hand galloping the first fence, a trot jump, and a turn on the haunches.
When the competition was finished, the top ten riders and two reserve considerations participated in a ribbon ceremony. At the ingate, following shortly thereafter, a list of the names of the remainder of the top twenty-five qualifiers was made available.
Overall, it was a good day for Beacon Hill!
Talk to you soon!