ASPCA MACLAY 2007 - Part II
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.