Wednesday, November 14, 2007


On Saturday, November 3, 2007, the day of the Maclay final, all of the Beacon Hill riders got our horses in the ring before 4:00am to prepare them for the 6:30am class start.

One hundred fifty three riders navigated a first round course that required the horse and rider to produce a properly paced and well thought out and planned approach. I went forty fifth in the lineup and finished the first round before 9:00am. I Toon was on her game for the first round and I was proud of her.

For the second round, the flat phase, which directly followed the first round, the judges called back thirty riders, that were divided into three groups of ten. After the second round, I was called back on top.

The judges selected eighteen riders for round three which began at 4:45pm and I Toon and I were the last to go. After the second jump, I Toon was a bit strong and green in the mouth, so I changed the plan, attempting to give the mare breathing room and some time to settle. We had a rail and two inaccurate distances, but ended up in seventh place.

I was so proud of I Toon during the indoor season. Although she is still somewhat green she has come such a long way since January. I would like to thank Jim and Ellen Toon for the wonderful opportunity to ride a very special and talented young horse.

By the way, in case you did not catch the rest of the Maclay results, a fellow Beacon Hill rider, Elizabeth Lubrano, finished her junior career with the Reserve Champion title at the Maclay. Congratulations to Elizabeth, the other riders in the top ten as well as all the other riders who qualified for Syracuse.

If you were curious about the future of this blog given that my junior days will be ending on December first, then I wanted to let you know that Equisearch has asked me to continue to write a blog for the website.
So catch up with me next week with an answer to one of your recent questions.
Thanks so much for your continued support!
Talk to you later.
Maria Schaub


At Thu Nov 15, 01:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At Thu Nov 15, 07:04:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great job at maclay!! i'm happy to hear that your happy and itoon sounds like an amazing horse! thanks so much for continuing this blog! it's wonderful to hear about top eq finals behind the scenes! again, great job!! what exactly will you be doing from now on at beacon hill??


At Thu Nov 15, 05:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria!
I watched horsepower, and I loved it. I always thought that you were the best because you werent one of those kids whose parents bought them tons of expensive horses.
Last year, I was riding in Big Equ classes and doing quite well and we were about to purchase a REALLY NICE big equ horse. However, my dad had a major problem with his bussiness and we were forced to leave our expensive show barn--and the horse. Now we are at a less expensive barn and we have purchased a green horse whom I am training to do the jumpers on because we cant afford a horse that is fancy enough for the equitation. And you know what? I love him! He just turned 5, and I love watching him get better and better. Its just really hard because everyone said that I was going to be one of the greats, and now we can barely afford this. I just wanted to say that I think that its great that you appecaite how lucky you are to have enough money to do this sport, and to be able to get a lot of catch rides. Also, you understand how hard it is to work with a young/green horse, and how rewarding it is when something goes right.
anyways, you inspire me...and good luck with everything.

At Fri Nov 16, 01:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your top ten placing at the Maclay Finals and a phenomenol Junior Career! Now that your Junior career has ended and you have been so sucessful is there a possibility we might be seing you in the Grand Prix Ring , Or hunter ring as a professional?

At Fri Nov 16, 05:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great Job!!!!!

At Fri Nov 16, 06:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria congrats! I know you wish you could have won .. but hey she's green! Will you and Beacon Hill be participating in the National Horse Show in Decemer? I'm pretty sure you will be? What classes?? Maybe grand prix?????

At Mon Nov 19, 10:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Maria!
I live in the Syracuse, NY area and watched you ride at the Finals this year. About 10 years ago, I too, rode in the Maclay finals for the last time and ended my junior riding career, so I can relate to the mix of emotions you must be feeling at this point in your career. You are a remarkable rider and and inspiration to so many young equestrians! Thank you for being a great role model for our upcoming equitation superstars!

At Thu Nov 22, 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY!! Great Job!!!!!

At Thu Nov 22, 01:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

are you going to stay and ride w stacia and beacon hill? or go to follow frank?

At Mon Nov 26, 10:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is going on with beacon hill? anyone know where frank went and why he left? wats beacon hills future?

At Mon Nov 26, 07:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job on an awesome junior career!
I have an extremely strong, and tough mouthed paint pony. Despite his strong mouth though, He is a Gorgeous mover and has a nice jump. Once he relaxes, he can be extremely supple and a very fun horse to ride. He has the potential to win big. He is very green to showing though. I would like to show him in some 2'6" equitation classes soon and eventually take him up the ladder to the big stuff. any advise on how i can get him more responsive and how to make the most of my shows?

p.s. I hope you do just as well in your future career as you did in your junior years.


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