Thursday, October 25, 2007


Hi everyone!
Last week, I had the unique and special opportunity to ride at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in three divisions - the Small Junior Hunters, Prix de States (junior jumpers) and the USEF Medal finals.
El Raymond was really on his game and finished with the Championship in the 16-17 Small Junior Hunters. Marga had two rails the first night but held to four faults in each round of the Prix de States team competition on the second night. After some unfortunate circumstances, the Zone II team finished in seventh place. For the medal finals, I Toon was a bit tired, tripped and had a rail. With 2007 being the mare's first go around at indoors, she has had a great indoor season thus far even though Harrisburg was not her show.

I would like to take a moment to thank Kathryn Quirk and her family, as well as everyone associated with her barn, for the opportunity to ride such a wonderful and talented horse, El Raymond.

Next week, the barn will travel to the Syracuse Invitational Sport Horse Tournament which features the ASPCA Maclay, a World Cup qualifier and the Animal Planet Sport Horse Cup.

Check back with me next week for an update!
Talk to you later.
Maria Schaub


At Fri Oct 26, 01:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria, for such a young horse that you have been brining along,I-Toon, You have had a great junior career! Unfortunatley it wasn't her day at Medal Finals. That stinks, but hopefully that just means she'll be even better for Macalay Finals? [=
Congratulations with EL Raymond! How exciting? I saw you with him at WEF, you do great with him. I'm so happy for yoU!! Congrats with Marga. I wish you the best of luck at Macalay Finals, you definetly deserve it after all your hard work.

I actually have one question? I am trying to do the big eq. How does Frank prepare you for such rigourous competition?

At Fri Oct 26, 03:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck at the Maclay Finals next week! I really hope you win, you completely deserve it, but if not i hope you just have fun at your last junior eq final and enjoy the experience! Can't wait to see your career pan out as a professional next year!

At Sat Oct 27, 10:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria, I watched you compete at the USET, Washington, and the Medal. I think you are a great rider and I enjoy watching you. Just wondering where Frank is because I didn't see or hear him at any of the shows. I hope nothing is wrong. Best of luck at the Maclay!!! I really hope you win!

At Sat Oct 27, 09:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good job riding last weekend! i'm really hoping you will win the ASPCA Maclay! but no matter what you place, i want you to know that you are a true inspiration to hundereds of riders over the country and you have taught many people, definitly including myslef, lots about this high level of showing. getting to hear what you have to say and what you learned through your junior career is a real honor and i want to thank you so much! you have done much more than train top notch horses and win prestigous equitation medals. you have set an example to all riders and given a lot of people confidence to learn more and improve. you have opened people's eyes to new ideas and how to better look at showing and horses in general. you handle everything so well from being the first person to win the R.W Mutch Equitation Medal two years in a row to loosing your partner and trusted friend (Amigo) right before the Maclay Finals. I just hope that I can be half the rider you are not just in talent, but in your professional outlook and respect for the sport. Thank you and best of luck at Maclay Finals!

Your #1 Fan

At Sat Oct 27, 10:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^well said! i second that!!:)

At Sun Oct 28, 04:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria, I have a few questions that i would love if you could answer. You are always riding different horses and i was wondering how you get them? I have a 3'6" jumper but i want to do the eq classes also, how do i go about finding a horse to ride without having to own it or leasing it? And for catch riding do you tell the show you are willing to catch ride or how do you get those too?

from: the girl who can't get enough :)

At Sun Oct 28, 08:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^^ that was a really nice comment. i third it. good luck maria u deff deserve this 1. i hope u have an amazing time at ur last junior eq. final and i know u will rock it out.

At Mon Oct 29, 07:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep, i (erm) fourth it!!!
i hope you win the maclay!!i honestly can't think of a rider who deserves it more than you
are you going to keep on with this blog after your juinor career is over? (Please do!)
To the person wanting to know about catch riding: the best way to do it is to be at a big show barn and take lessons with a well connected trainer. that really is the easiest way to get good horses.
boarding your horse at a show barn will give you opportunities to ride others as well(esp if your horse isnt capable of doing what you want to do) if you dont have a horse or cant afford it then lease at a big show barn. that will give you oppotunities too. if thats unreasonable try a lease just for show season.
if that too is out of the question i would advise just taking lessons with a well known trainer. as often as possible. as you get better you will be saked to exericise ride and possibly show. this is esp true at barns with horses for sale, they need someone to train and get mileage in on a horse before selling it. getting on lease on a green horse can be easier tham a schoolmaster because the trainer will appreciate the time and work put into the horse which will make him more valuable.
basically, try and get yourself with a big trainer, even if just for lessons
hope i helped, feel free to add anything

At Wed Oct 31, 08:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, so i guess you're at the maclay now!!!
i really hope you win it (:
for everyone on here: go onto youtube and search maria schaub. there is a video of her winning washington

At Sat Nov 03, 12:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck Maria!
I hope you have a blast at the maclay finals!

At Sat Nov 03, 08:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kimberly McCormack of New Jersey won the ASPCA Maclay Hunt Seat Equitation Championship at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament
Maria was 7th

At Sun Nov 04, 04:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria, I'm a big fan and loved watching you compete on animal planets Horse Power. I hope you do well at the Maclay. Also I'm getting into showing, how should i get into it and what kind of showing should I do?


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