Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Since the last blog, several people have asked for my opinion about the difference, if any, between east coast verses west coast riding and training. As a catch rider in the junior ranks for almost six years, I was very fortunate to get to know and to work under the direction of trainers from the east and the west coasts. When considering classic hunt-seat equitation training techniques, I did not experience any recognizable differences between the professionals from either coast that I was privileged to work with while catch riding.

What seems to drive discussions about the differences between the coasts is the actual number of riders, trainers, and horse shows on a particular coast. The number of junior competitors in the equitation ranks from New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut is the highest in the US. To account for the population differences, the USEF has adopted and adjusted the rules for the qualifying criteria for the major equitation finals. For example, the junior equitation riders from the regions with the highest number of people must acquire more points to qualify for the USEF Medal (this year, NJ, NY, and Conn. require seventy-five points and two wins to qualify). Another example, which illustrates the awareness of this issue is the point system for the WIHS Equitation Classic, a class size with more than fifty participants – a common occurrence during the Wellington circuit- is split to decrease the number of points an individual rider can receive for placing in a large class.

While competing in the junior equitation ranks, I was fortunate to get to know several of the riders from the west coast when they came east to show during the winter or summer circuits or at the indoor shows. In 2007, and again this year, while participating in the Horsemanship Program with George Morris, I was fortunate to spend a week with several west coast riders, as well. From these experiences, I cannot say that I see any recognizable differences in competiveness of the riders or in the techniques used to train the riders.

Catch up with me next week when I will attempt to answer another one of your recent questions.
Thanks for your continued support!
Talk to you later,
Maria Schaub


At Wed Feb 20, 08:26:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you been in the show ring lately, or have you just been hacking horses for owners??

At Wed Feb 20, 08:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to know have you had the experience of showing as a professional yet?

At Wed Feb 20, 07:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for continuing to take the time to write this blog. It's very interesting to learn all about your experiences of riding on the 'A' circuit and becoming a new professional. I too would be interested to know what you have done so far as a professional and what your plans are for the rest of the show season/goals. Also, as far as competing, what have you been doing at WEF?

At Fri Feb 22, 02:09:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for answering my question!!!!!!!

At Sun Feb 24, 02:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

u still didnt say HOW u got the catch rides!! thanx for the post, but you didnt really answer half the question!! did ur trainer hook u up with catch rides or what?? a lot of us would like to know HOW to get catch rides. its great to know what you learned from them and we thank you a lot for that but we would like some tips to GET catch rides too!!

At Mon Feb 25, 02:25:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

^ To the person above me, Maria already answered this in an old post: Finding Catch-Riding Opportunities.

At Tue Feb 26, 05:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you be riding for Frank at Hunter's Moon?

At Wed Feb 27, 05:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


i have wanted to advance my riding for a long time now. but have had a tought time getting through to my instructors about this, i don't think it is an option to work iun exchange for rides, i have also been looking for some kind of sponsorship/financail aid. any thoughts?

At Wed Feb 27, 10:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is hunters moon?

At Wed Feb 27, 11:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hunter's Moon is a farm Frank Madden will be training at starting in April, on Long Island.

At Sat Mar 01, 05:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw you at wef walking a horse by the in gate of the junior hunters in the international ring. are you down there just riding other peoples horses or showing too?

At Tue Mar 04, 08:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

update soon???



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