Wednesday, November 07, 2007


Hi, everyone!

Remember the wonderful gelding, named Aaron, that the Polle family had generously allowed me to show for the Ronnie Mutch Equitation class in March of 2007? Well, again, last week, the Polle family extended the same privilege to me, to ride their wonderful horse, Aaron, at the Maclay finals. Unfortunately, on the day Aaron was scheduled to be transported to Syracuse , he took a funny step, an untimely, freakish accident that ultimately resulted in him being put down. Most likely, you have experienced something like this first hand or it may have occurred with either a good friend's horse or barn mate's horse. The shocking news that a horse must be euthanized and encounter an untimely death, leaves most feeling sad and disappointed for the horse and for his owners and caretakers.
So, today, before recapturing the events from the Maclay weekend which will be in Part II of this blog, I wanted to write a tribute to a wonderful horse who touched me and others in a special way.

I recall seeing Aaron in the equitation ring back in 2004 at the WIHS Equitation Championship when Charlie Jayne rode him to third place overall. At first glance, I remember thinking that he had a wonderfully long and smooth stride, and a magnificent, kind and regal look. The next year, 2005, at WEF, I remember seeing him during the season but I especially remember his performance at the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship when he placed with Catherine Wright, another eq rider, from North Run. Later that year, Catherine rode him at Lake Placid and the pair placed well in the Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship. In 2006, one of my close riding friends, Hilary Dobbs, showed Aaron during the WEF season with great success, and recently she told me that riding and showing him made the equitation truly a special experience for her. Late last year, Aaron was purchased by the Polle family for their daughter, Karen, and began his stay at Beacon Hill. His kind demeanor, sweet personality and elegant style, were all part of what made him special and to me, he stands out as one of the finest eq horses I have ever known.

Aaron was a beautiful, large, bay gelding with a flowing gait, kind face and a charming, charismatic presence. He has touched the hearts of many of the riders of my "era" in the big eq and he will be sadly missed. Although my riding time with Aaron was short-lived, he will always have a special place in my heart.

My sincerest condolences and regrets go to the Polle family for their loss.

Catch up with me later this week for the second part of this blog.
Talk to you later,
Maria Schaub


At Wed Nov 07, 09:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm so sorry about aaron!!! i can't believe that happened!! i knew horses that had to be put down and i know how you feel. just know that all your fans feel your pain and you're not alone!


At Wed Nov 07, 10:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so sorry...

At Wed Nov 07, 11:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen Aaron go many times and he seemed like such a wonderful horse. What a terrible loss. At least his owners and riders can look back on his very succesful career and know that he was a very well cared for horse who lived a good life.
It must have been a terrible experience for you to lose him, I'm so sorry. But despite that, you and I-Toon were lovely at Maclays. Everyone in the stands and by the in gate was pulling for you, especially given the circumstances.

Take care.

At Thu Nov 08, 12:49:00 AM, Blogger lalalaLand said...

I am very sorry for every one's loss of horse well before his time.

If you don't mind, what kind of wraps or boots did he go in? I can't tell from the photos.

Again, I'm sorry. And congrats on your showing at the Maclay. I was cheering for you.

At Thu Nov 08, 06:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear about aaron. It is a horrible thing to lose an animal that you get so attatched to. My thoughts are with you, the Polle family, and others who were involved with this wonderful horse. But, congrats on pulling everything together in time for maclay finals. It was great to watch you develope as a rider over the years.

Take care!

At Thu Nov 08, 10:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about Aaron! He sounded like a wonderful horse who brought smiles to everyone who got to be a part of his life...I think you did an amazing job at Maclay finals! Heres a quick question; what kind of saddle would you recomend for eq. and hunters?

At Mon Nov 12, 06:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about aaron. I haven't had a horse put down, but know how you and everyone who has been touched by him feels.
congrats on riding in the Maclay. I wish I was that good.
also can you give me some tips on riding?
Sorry Again,
Faith Hall

At Tue Nov 13, 11:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Wed Nov 14, 09:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

second part of blog...

At Tue Jan 29, 08:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO sorry! My 1st pony died in july and that was AWFUL.


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