Monday, October 08, 2007


Hi everyone!
Just got back from the USEF EAST finals and I wanted to share some thoughts about the competition. The gymnastics course on Saturday was designed in classic Bert de Nemethy style with poles set a strides' distance before and after the jumps and with several transitions from the cantor to the trot between the lines.
After the first two rounds - the flat phase and the gymnastics phase - several Beacon Hill riders were sitting in the top ten contention - Nikko Ritter was in third place, I was in fifth place, Christina Lin was in ninth place and Jessica Springsteen was in tenth place.

On Sunday morning the show jumping phase tested your riding skills on a jumper type course which included an open water jump, a triple combination and a double liverpool. Nikko and Jessie made it into the top four with flowing and beautiful rounds and were ultimately pinned in first and third respectively after the final four competition. Christina Lin, who was riding her five year old horse finished in eleventh place. Although the horse I was riding named, Perfekt, tried to dodge away from a few fences, I held him in the lines and we finished in thirteenth place. (Read more in Nancy Jaffer's postcard on

Along with two other riders, I was fortunate to be awarded the gold medal which is given after twenty class wins. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who made this award possible especially my parents and my trainers.
Finally, a special thank you to Jim and Ellen Toon for the ride on I Toon. I started the 2007 season shy three wins for the gold medal and with the mare's help was able to realize another goal in my last year as a junior.

This week, the Beacon Hill group will travel to the Washington International Horse show for the competition.
Catch up with me after the show for an update.
Talk to you later.
Maria Schaub


At Mon Oct 08, 11:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria,
Congratulations. I come from a not so wealthy family, and will be doing some big A shows this season. How do you afford all of the shows? Comment back!

At Mon Oct 08, 04:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey!! I saw you this week at PG Equestrian Center. How did you get to ride at so many amazing barns, and shows with such great horses?

At Mon Oct 08, 06:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats. Now that you have won the gold medal are you still allowed to compete at the USET Finals until you age out or are you finished in this class now?

At Mon Oct 08, 06:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done!!!
incredible riding as usual and thanks for updating so quick
i know you're still really lucky and grateful but i think it would be cool if you could have a made horse just for your last juinor year(:
lots of other juinor riders do and you ride so well you deserve it
but anyway, still a great rider and you have great horses
wats it like not have to go to school right now and just concentrate on you riding?

At Mon Oct 08, 07:16:00 PM, Blogger Audra said...

even though you didn't place in the top ten, congrats on riding your horse so well. it shows that even the best aren't perfect, but it's all a learning experience and it tests how you handle those situtations. great job and good luck at washington!


At Fri Oct 12, 08:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria, I own your old pony Junior Mint and would love to hear how you found her and what you know about her history. Did you buy her from chincoteague Island? I met you and your Mom down in Florida this year. Your Mom was so sweet! She was very emotional when I was riding Junior Mint in the show. Well I'd love to hear from you! I follow your riding and love to hear about your success. You can reach me at

At Sat Oct 13, 07:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heyy Maria your such an amazing rider, you inspire so many aspiring. Hopefullly Washington is going well. Do you show in both the jumpers,EQ, and hunters? How does Frank prepare you for the big eq finals?

Well can't wait to see the Beacon Hill crew down at W.E.F. and Littlewood this year!!!! YAY~


At Sat Oct 13, 10:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on winning WIHS!

At Sun Oct 14, 08:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your WIHS win! I was just wondering, does Frank still train you and other eq riders at beacon hill anymore? Good luck at the other indoor finals!

At Mon Oct 15, 01:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so happy u won washington (:
will u be able to ride at USEF finals again next year? isnt there a final with you can compete in until ur 21??

At Mon Oct 15, 01:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i was also just wondering if you(or anyone else on here) could tell me if horses ridden at the finals are always big warmbloods.
are all the horses bigger than 16hh or are there a few under 16hh and some TBs and othre breeds


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