Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Four Seasons Horse Show in New Jersey

This past weekend, many of the Beacon Hill equitation riders traveled only an hour and fifteen minutes to the Four Seasons Horse Show.
When traveling in the car, it was hard not to notice the very comfortable landscape and picturesque country side of southwest New Jersey and with the weather being practically perfect, it was a ten plus day! All of the juniors were happy to be competing again and to be at a local venue. The horse show organizer and the show manager are New Jersey and Pennsylvania horseman that I have known for almost nine years, so it was good to see them and to ride at their show.
One of the highlights of the weekend was watching the younger students doing the mini-equitation classes and, later, I was reminiscing about my own start with Beacon Hill in the equitation in 2000.
My next blog will attempt to answer another one of your recent questions.
Thank you for all of your comments.
Talk to you soon!
Maria Schaub


At Mon Apr 30, 10:50:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey Maria,

I didnt know if you saw my last comment,so ill post it here. I just started doing JR.s and I have 4 points out of the 13 points i need to go to reg.s and do you have any tips?

Thanks so much for reading this,

At Tue May 01, 06:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria.

Do you have any tips on how to get my horse used to water at the beach? She goes down to the beach ok but she won't go near the water.

Thanks alot.
From Lee
(Kwazulu Natal) South Africa

At Wed May 02, 05:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
Do you have any advice on how to position your horse to get a good take off spot for a jump? Any tips would be really helpful! Thanks!

At Thu May 03, 08:35:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi maria,

i am moving to the east coast, and was wondering if you could let me know some of the trainers that might be good in taking someone to the maclay and all the medal finals.

thank you!

At Sat May 05, 03:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you ever contemplate how lucky you truly are to be riding the best horses in the country and winning EVERYTHING, where other riders all over the country are just trying their best to do well in the local circuit?

Do you ever think people like george morris give you specail attention just so they can take some credit for you later wins?

Do you ever believe you just win due to politics?

And for you guys who think you can make it big without money, have you ever seen someone struggling to pay their horse's board as they also try being a working student?

I guess you and your friends are too in the clouds to ever think about those questions, but the rest of us are well aware of them.

have a nice life living in fame and fortune, and keep on pretending that you care about people who admire you.

At Sat May 05, 05:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, i think that last comment was very jealous and bitter-from someone who can't cope with thier failure so they blame it on money.
somewhere in the families of the top riders someone must have worked hard to get rich so why shouldn't their children do what they love doing if they can afford it. also, riders working and struggling to pay board could never show competitively and what would you do if you horse colicked or needed an expensive operation when you can't even pay board.
maria has often said she knows how lucky she is and is grateful for what she is able to do. if you knew anything about showing you would know that money is necessary but it can only get you so far, the rest is up to you and your dedication and talent. george morris is known for being very direct and speaking his opinion, he probably recognizes good riders for their talent. frank worked as a stable hand in high school to support his family, he now owns one of the best training barns in america.
-maria, 99% of the people here love reading your blog, please don't stop posting because of a couple of negative comments.

let us know what happens at your next show
thanks, keep up the blog

At Sat May 05, 05:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey maria!

what classes are you doing at garden state?

At Sat May 05, 09:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

most people do not realize it, but maria is a WORKING STUDENT at beacon hill

At Sun May 06, 12:30:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we love you maria! dont listen to that stupid person. they are just jealous of you

At Sun May 06, 10:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think whoever that person is should be trying to learn from Maria instead of running his/her mouth! Of course I wish I had the money to compete on the AAA circuit every weekend, but since I can't, I try to learn everything I can from everyone else and anyother dedicated rider should do the same! Please keep the blog going Maria! I know I'm not the only one here who checks this blong 50 zillion times a day for your updates! Learning from you is a great opportunity for all of us! We love you!

At Sun May 06, 09:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, too bad there are people like that. but please keep it going.i love this blog and have learnt so much from it. maria-you are doing a great service to equitation and all aspiring top riders

At Mon May 07, 09:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey maria, did you know there's a video of you on youtube?

At Tue May 08, 09:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter how wealthy a person is, the important thing is that the horse is happy and well cared for. My parents sacrificed a lot to get me a horse and I really appreciate it. My first horse cost R8000, she seemed perfect but then I just couldn't handle her anymore. She was a 4yo off the track, so I guess I had it coming! Anyway I had to make the decision to sell her - no one wanted her, so we had to give her away. Even after all that, my parents still got me another horse, even though we just fostered her from the SPCA she's my dream come true. My Dad walks with me every week on outrides, which means alot to me because he works 6am-4.30pm Mon-Fri but he still makes time for me!
It doesn't matter to me that he can't afford to let me go to shows!

At Wed May 09, 07:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah maria your really luck i wish i was able to do what you do, i work really really hard and still not able to do the type of shows your do. your very very lucky not just luck but fortunate.

i think you know that but just keep that in mind :)

At Tue May 15, 12:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria, Whats up? Anyway I saw you at the Four Seasons Horse Show. I showed in the mini-eq. classes. I dont know if you saw me or not but I was on the chestnut with Jeff Ayers.

Thanks for reading this,
Summer F.

At Thu May 31, 03:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who ever posted those really rude comments must have no self esteem so they go and say rude things about others! It's disgusting that you could be so rude! You should never ever judge someone before you know them. Don't think that winning is all about politics and money! Just because you can't win has nothing to do with the fact that people who are better riders and may have more/less money can! You have no idea what it's like to work hard for things like that!

Good Luck with everything Maria!

At Sun Jun 03, 04:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoever wrote that 'lovely' comment needs to hear this:

While money is esential in horses, showing, and life, luck is also a huge factor. You don't have to nescesarly spend 500k to get a fantastic horse. I bought my horse for 1500 from someones backyard. All my trainers and friends told me not to buy him. I did. Last week (2+ years after buying him) I was offered 160k for him. A maclay hopeful at my barn is going to start campaigning him for me, since I don't like to jump, I do dressage with him, and he does 3rd level with me. You have to know what to look for in horses - and people - to make any sucess.

Think before you speak, there's no excuse for rudeness!!

At Sun Feb 24, 07:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Do you think it is necessary to have good equitation to be a jumper? What is the best show in NJ?



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