Monday, October 15, 2007


Hi everyone!

The Washington International Horse Show, which is located in the heart of the city, draws large numbers of spectators and features show jumping, hunters, equitation, dressage, and barrel racing. The venue does a great job appealing to different groups of show enthusiasts by including activities involving local barns and charities, and various show segments that feature a concert and terrier races.

The Beacon Hill and Stonehenge Show Stables group had a great weekend. My barn mate, Jessica Springsteen, captured Championship and Reserve Championship titles in the younger Junior Hunter divisions. Another barn mate, Brianne Goutal, was third in the one hundred thousand dollar, Gerald R. Ford, World Cup Qualifier Grand Prix.

On Saturday evening, I went into the top ten ride off for the WIHS equitation final sitting in first place by a small margin. If you are not familiar with the format, the class starts with a Hunter Phase, followed by a Jumper Phase. At the finals, the top ten competitors switch horses and ride the jumper course again without the constraints of the timers. My fellow barn mate, Carolyn Curcio, and I were asked to switch horses for the final ride off. Carolyn rode, I Toon, very well and ultimately moved up from seventh to sixth place after the ride off. I rode her horse, Valvert, a large handsome bay gelding, whom I had flatted once several months ago, and we ultimately were pinned on top. Saturday night, I realized another goal, to win a national level equitation final.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me to achieve this accomplishment but especially I want to extend a special thank you to a special horse, I Toon. Riding a young horse is a great experience and watching her grow and working with her has been a superb experience!

Next week the barn travels to Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania National Horse show which features the USEF Medal finals.

Catch up with me next week for some thoughts and commentary about the show.

Talk to you later,
Maria Schaub

Editor's note: View a Washington International photo gallery and read more about Maria's win at


At Mon Oct 15, 08:28:00 PM, 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

Congratulations On your success in Washington!I look forward to hearing about Harrisburg.

At Mon Oct 15, 08:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria, Great job at the WIHS! You looked amazing congrats!....good luck in Penn!

At Tue Oct 16, 02:13:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on reaching the top of the Bates ranking! Good luck in Harrisburg this week :)

At Tue Oct 16, 09:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great job maria, and good luck at penn!!! do u own i toon now, because they listed you as the owner on the wihs results?


At Mon Oct 22, 06:15:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

has it been difficult showing at the big shows without frank there to support you? (not saying in any ways that stacia is any less capable) but is it weird having just her there and no frank?

At Mon Oct 22, 06:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

why want frank there?

At Mon Oct 22, 06:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i meant why WASNT frank there
i'm sure maria would want him there

At Mon Oct 22, 10:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah why wasnt frank there? and sorry to hear about harrisburg! tough break! i was rootin for ya!!

At Tue Oct 23, 07:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wat happened at harrisburg??
did u get a refusal or something?

At Tue Oct 23, 07:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

she had a rail down and her horse stumbled after the log :( who was she riding tho?? I Toon? and why wasnt frank there?

At Wed Oct 24, 06:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey maria,
i'm sorry to hear about harrisburg, that really sucks-i was hoping that you'd win- especially after coming back from such a good washington.
well, hope you win the maclay!!

At Thu Nov 08, 12:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria!

I was at the WIHS that day and watched you ride in the phases before the top 10. I also so you ride in the final and I was so happy because my seat was in the first row of the top right corner of the ring so I had an amazing view for that night!

I must admit, when you pulled the lanes down in the final round my heart skipped a beat, but when the resultes came in with you still on top I was so happy!



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