Sunday, February 10, 2008


Hi, everyone, thank you for all of your interest and continued support! Your questions, concerns, and comments have helped and inspired me to write about my passion; horses, and riding.

Today, I will be answering two of your recent questions, one regarding which individuals were the 2008 Horsemastership mentor grooms and, the second about the specific pointers I received from Mr. Morris during the clinic. Before I go into the topic of the mentor grooms, I wanted to thank and acknowledge the time and commitment given to the program by the equestrian organizations and vendors, as well as the equestrian professionals who volunteered their time. Without their effort, the program would not have been a success.

The mentor grooms for the 2008 program were Margie Engle, Viv Munden, Todd Minikus, Beezie Madden, Frank Madden, Lauren Hough, Melanie Smith-Taylor, and Leslie Howard. The mentor grooms were instrumental in assisting the clinic participants with all aspects of horsemanship.

Mr. Morris was tough with everyone participating in the clinic in his own way – a trait that he and others believe is the foundation of good teaching and coaching. In his speech to the riders, their families and the sponsors at a luncheon on the last day of the program, Mr. Morris remarked how his criticism of the riders was something that he felt was important in helping them to succeed. Mr. Morris was complementary when he felt the riders had done well. When observing my posting trot on the last day of the clinic, he asked me to stop over-posting because it could negatively affect the horses back. His other comments to me were geared toward getting my horse to stop being fresh by repeating segments of the course, circling and repeating the segment again. His lessons were full of information and strategies to prepare your horse for a jumper – type course.

Catch up with me soon for an answer to some more of your recent questions.
Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub


At Sun Feb 10, 07:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you tell us which mentors were paired with which riders. And which horses the selected riders rode?

At Mon Feb 11, 04:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your continued updates..its really great to hear about all of your oppertunities and experiences..good luck this season and keep on blogging!!

At Mon Feb 11, 06:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe you were able to work with such amazing riders. Margie Engle is my heroine above all heroes. Haha. What was it like being able to work with such acclaimed riders? What advice did they offer you?

At Tue Feb 12, 12:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi maria! i wanted to thank you for taking time to do this blog for all of us first of all, and i had a few questions.
First of all I had a question about east-coast vs. west-coast riding. I've heard that east-coast is much more competative and 'traditional', and was wondering what your experiances/interpretaions of the differest 'coasts' were.
Another question is what has been the most helpful and knowladgable/'career building' part of your junior riding/young professional career thus far? How has catch-riding in florida been so far and any tips on it?(if you have time to answer, sorry kind of alot of ?'s)thank you!:)

At Tue Feb 12, 08:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i too would like you to answer the questions above me ^^^ about east coast v.s west coast and ur catch riding experiences in flordia! thanks!

At Tue Feb 12, 09:37:00 PM, Blogger Jordan said...

Thank you for the continuted updates, your blog is just amazing to read. I, too, would love to see the above question answered.

At Wed Feb 13, 05:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have looked up to you as a mentor since Horsepower first showed. I ride and show as much as i can, but i don't have the financail resources to to ride and compete as much as I would like, so i was wondering if you had any advice for me so i could try to ride and show more. i have been trying to find a sponsor, or something along those lines, but so far i haven't had any luck.


At Thu Feb 14, 07:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for continuing the blog maria!! i would love, too, to hear your answer about riding on the "coasts" and the catch rides you have in florida! good luck!

At Sat Feb 16, 08:34:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will you go to college? Will you ride when you attend?

At Sat Feb 16, 11:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yah great questions,
I would also like to know about yours views on the coasts... I often hear people say that east coast riders are more competetive because they ride on a larger circuit. Are west coast riders at a disadvantage when going to east coast finals? Also how did you create the relationships you needed to find catch rides. Did you find them by yourself or did your trainers help you a lot?
thanks so much, i'm a huge fan of yours :)!

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