Monday, October 16, 2006


The course for round one of the medal final was difficult right from the start.
The first four jumps of phase one weeded out many of the competitors. The first line was a very forward and direct five, to a steady three. Many riders that tried to do five strides wound up chipping in a six while others chose to take the less difficult route by planning on six right from the start. Unfortunately, Whimsey tripped twice during the course and jumped one jump out of shape but all together it went well.
After phase one, I was called back in 25th place for round two. The course was quite difficult, a very long one stride, oxer, oxer in and out, caused difficulty for the majority of the riders. The course rode differently than it walked and going first made me unaware of the correct striding particularly to the skinny.
It was an honor to be called back in the top twenty five and great to be back at a final on Whimsey! I'm looking forward to competing at the next two finals, Washington and Maclay.

Talk to you again soon with another update from the finals!

Maria Schaub


At Tue Oct 17, 07:16:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you did a great job! you should be proud! Good luck at the next 2 finals!

At Wed Oct 18, 04:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria, I've been riding since I was little and now my instructor wants me and my best friend to start going to rated shows- so we're moving up from PJHSA and stuff like that. I'm a little nervous about what's going to happen to my eq horse. She was my very first horse and I've had her for over three years. I know that when you leased Amigo you two formed a really strong have I with my horse. The problem is she's only 14.3 hands and even though she's amazing at everything we do I still feel the pressure from my barn mates and trainer to move up if I want to get better and go places with my riding. If you have any suggestions they'd be greatly appreciated!
PS- I watch horse power over and over again and, me being a visual learner, has really helped me and I love watching you and Brianne! Good luck in all your shows and God bless!

At Fri Oct 20, 05:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I herd the judging was a little off at Harrisburg. Guess it went ok for you though!

At Fri Oct 20, 07:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Maria, I was just looking to see what your advice would be, im now in training to do maclay and the rest of the medal finals starting this coming year or next year and i was just wondering what your advice would to succeed well in these classes. It's a big step up for me cause ive only done a few A-rated shows now im moving up a whole height division and showing at bigger shows. Also my horse has no expierience at big shows except the 2 or 3 A-rated shows i went to last year and hes also only been jumping a little over a year now.

At Sat Apr 19, 12:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going to a rated show isn't too hard. It's the same thing. If you and your horse trust each other and you can jump the course well, there isn't anything different except that it is harder to win something because there are more people you are being judged against. If you go into the ring and pretend it is like a practice ring and do your best that's great. Just do the same! Only experience can get you to win consistently. Unless you have been to many many shows and have riden for really long, you can't expect to place every time. Good luck!


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