Monday, May 28, 2007


Since today is Memorial Day, I thought it would be important to acknowlege all of our soldiers who are fighting in Iraq and those who have been injured or lost their lives in the war. We need to remember these men and women today, and all of the soldiers who have fought for our country and pray for them and their families.

Becoming the Ronnie Mutch Champion at Devon was the realization of a dream! The support of my family, trainers, fellow Beacon Hill riders and staff, and the King- Kaplan family, helped make the dream a reality. I am very grateful to have finished my junior experience at Devon on such a positive note and want to extend my thanks to everyone who helped me to achieve my goal. I was priviledged to show two wonderful horses, Versace and Cobblestone, and they were really great!

This week and next week, Beacon Hill will travel to the Hits Saugerties' shows and then to the Beacon Hill Classic.

Catch up later this week when I will answer another one of your questions.
Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub


At Wed May 30, 09:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations-how exciting! You've worked so hard and it's wonderful to watch your dreams come true as your hard work pays off!

At Thu May 31, 03:19:00 PM, Blogger Becca E said...


That is so amazing; CONGRATS! There's no doubt in my mind that you work your butt of for all of your accomplishments! I pray that I will be an amazing rider like you and your barn family one day! I have many questions to ask but I will only ask one that has been asked before. How do you pay for everything? Things for me were going well until my dad made some very bad horse investments and then we ended up having to sell all my horses and everything. I basically only get to ride once a week now at an expensive barn in Wellington (of course). Now the question is how to afford everything again until my dad gets back on his feet. Do you have a sponsor? Do your parents pay or do you have a job? ANY help on this situation from anyone or you would be very helpful. Congratulations on everything and look forward to seeing you at WEF 07-08!

At Thu May 31, 04:15:00 PM, Blogger Elena said...

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At Thu May 31, 06:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

elena, it doesnt necessarily matter how many horses your have and you can never really be certain that you will qualify for a final. maria was able to make it to finals with just whimsey and it was only because of her riding talent that she got access to the wonderful horses she gets to ride now. fyi, the comment that you posted came off as a bit conceited.

At Thu May 31, 07:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

with this sport, and horses in general, it is QUALITY not QUANTITY. i have one amazing eq horse that has taken me to USEF Finals and the Maclay National Finals, among other things. Just because someone has 10 horses, doesn't mean that they will do better than someone with 1 horse. just take a step back and look at what you wrote, try to reassess your approach/attitude towards riding and qualifying for things.

At Fri Jun 01, 09:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

pDoes anyone know if there are any equitation shows in South Africa (KZN area)?


At Fri Jun 01, 09:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the The South African National Equestrian Federation's website at You could contact them to find equitation shows near you. Good luck!

At Fri Jun 01, 01:00:00 PM, Blogger Elena said...

Sry ppl that came out wrong i didnt mean it that way

At Fri Jun 01, 08:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you guys said about the number of horses is true, but lighten up! This blog is for learning from an amazing junior rider, not shoving your fists down people's throats because you don't agree with what they said. Let's try to keep it friendly! Maria, congrats, again, at your last show and best of luck at your next!


At Fri Jun 01, 10:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, around assagay shongweni, i think u have to be affiliated tho. call ppl at hawkstone

At Sat Jun 02, 04:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria you did so well! that is a huge accomplishment! Your position was flawless, and the horses you were on were gorgeous!!

At Sat Jun 02, 04:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Major congrats, Maria. I really hope you continue having success in the equitation this year (as well as everything else)

At Sat Jun 02, 04:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you talk about school some time? how manys days a week/weeks a year do you miss school? What do you do for school during WEF?

At Sat Jun 02, 06:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi maria,
did you graduate? how will your riding schedule change when you go to college?
you said whimsey pulled a tendon, is he now bow tendoned?
keep us updated on your summer shows are you still a juinor?
until november, right?
what are you going to do when you are no longer a juinor, hunters, jumpres or both?
thanks for this amazing blog!!

At Sun Jun 03, 08:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Reall cool that you made it that far I recntly had to sell my Selle Francais because im switching to jumper.After all my Eq and all my Hunter classes.She was really beautiful She was an import from france I went To devon Maclay Hamptons and liek pretty much everywere but this one guy from germany is buying her :(

At Sun Jun 03, 08:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard the king kaplan's moved to andre's. how will that affect which horses you ride, etc.?

At Mon Jun 04, 04:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd also like to know about how you delt with school and competing so often at away shows.

At Mon Jun 04, 05:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria,
I am 11 yaers old,and i've been riding since I was 3. And i ride at a barn in patterson,NY. And all i do is ride horses.Its amazing how talented you and Brianne are with horses. I mean you guys look amazing when you ride. I can't believe you made it that far into the Maclay in 05'. It must have been hard to ride Dimond Rock when you never got to ride in a show before the Maclay. But I hope to be like you and Brianne, and have a huge riding career! I want to win the Maclay so bad! But my trainer said thats like a dream come true. But I will make it, and I hope to be just like you!
Sorry that you didn't get to ride Whimsey and Amigo in the Maclay Fianls! BUMMER!!!


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