Wednesday, December 06, 2006

What divisions do you ride in and do you do the jumpers?

Hi, everyone! Today I will answer some of your recent questions.
In December 2000, I started riding at Beacon Hill Show Stables doing the mini- equitation classes. In July 2001, Frank Madden, my trainer, said I was ready to compete in the big eq classes (the 3'6" to 3'9"). Competing at a new level was a challenge that I eagerly accepted. That same year in August, my trainers gave me the opportunity to show a really cool horse named Franco in the children's jumpers (also 3'6"). Later in the year, I went to Harrisburg to compete at medal finals and loved having the chance to participate at a national competition.
In 2003, a Beacon Hill customer wanted to sell a children's jumper and I was luckily given the opportunity to show a horse named Concord about a dozen times that year, and we qualified for the NAL finals at Harrisburg. Also that year, I first rode Whimsey, a sale horse who was eventually purchased by my family.
In 2004, I showed in the Equitation, and sparingly in the Junior Jumpers and the Junior Hunters on other sale horse opportunities. That year, my catch riding experiences started to increase, and I tried to learn something from each horse.
I have been fortunate to get catch rides from some great, experienced professionals who have taught me some effective riding strategies while providing a golden opportunity to a working student.
Currently, with my last junior season upon me, the opportunity to show my trainers' horse, Marga, in the High Junior Jumper division (meter 40- 4'6" to 4'9") is an exciting prospect. In 2005, I rode Marga in the low junior jumpers and in the summer of 2006 we competed in the open jumper division at the Beacon Hill Classic and did the High Junior Jumpers at Lake Placid and at the Hampton Classic, as well as a few other shows. After my junior career has ended, I hope to continue in show jumping and in the hunters.
Thank you for your interest in my riding.
Talk to you soon!
Maria Schaub


At Tue Dec 12, 04:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which college did you decide to go to and are you going to pursue something with horses while in college? When is your next big show/when does the new show season begin?

At Thu Dec 14, 08:41:00 PM, Blogger G.P. said...

greetings from the Fish Creek House where we run a horse friendly bed and breakfast.

While I"ve been mosty riding endurance, I've in the last 6 months started riding English Eq and Under Saddle on a really well trained horse that's fortunately teaching me alot!

How long did you ride before you started jumping? I really want to do that as well!
GP in Montana

At Sun Dec 17, 03:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i was just wondering how the herpes situation in florida is going to effect your plans to go to wef. have they closed the florida border?

At Wed Feb 21, 06:15:00 PM, Blogger irridescent said...

Hello, you said you rode "catch" horses, what exactly does that mean? Does it involve campaigning a horse for someone else before sale, and did you have to pay for riding time and show expenses on these horses? I am interested because I currently only have the budget for weekly lessons on a lesson horse but I have wanted to start attending shows regularly.


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