Thursday, March 27, 2008


Thank you for your continued support and interest!

Recently, someone asked about the aging of points for the Bates Equitation Computer List. Before I explain the system for aging points, I will talk about the purpose and the rules of the ranking for those who may not be familiar with it. The Bates Equitation Computer List was an idea developed by John Madden, equestrian trainer, chairman of the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament and husband of Olympian, Beezie Madden.

Initiated in May of 2003, the purpose of the ranking system is to give junior equitation riders, twenty-one and under, a chance to earn points on a national basis using a format that is similiar to the USET Computer list for Show Jumping riders. Points are accumulated each week from a maximum of three equitation classes entered by an individual rider. The classes included in the ranking are the USEF Medal, ASPCA Maclay, USET Talent Search, Tad Coffin WIHS Equitation-overall and other special classes approved by the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament Organizing Committee. A Class Value Factor uses a multiplier for the number of riders in a given equitation class and a Ranking Value uses a point value for each riders preceeding week's standing on the computer list.

All points accumulated by a rider retain their full value for 52 weeks. At the end of the 52nd week, the points for that week are eliminated and receive a point value of 0. If a rider is still eligible to participate in the junior equitation classes, then the rider can earn additional points for the new year. The only points that receive a value of 0 are for a given week, and an individual rider does not start at 0 every year.

For additonal information about the ranking, please log onto and/or

The Bates Equitation Computer List was started while I was still riding as a junior, so by going through my scrap books, (thanks, mom, for those great scrap books), I can share with you, who was ranked in the top five at year end from 2003-2007.

November 14, 2003, Bates Equitation Computer List rankings
1- Courtney McKay, 2- Brianne Goutal, 3- Sophie Coppedge, 4- Addison Phillips, and 5- Charlie Jayne

November 2004, Bates Equitation Computer List Year End Awards
1- Brianne Goutal, 2- Maria Schaub, 3- Sloane Coles, 4- Megan Young, and 5- Haylie Jayne

November 2005, Bates Equitation Computer List Year End Awards
1- Julie Welles, 2- Maria Schaub, 3- Sloane Coles, 4- Blythe Marano, and 5- Brianne Goutal

November 2006, Bates Equitation Computer List Year End Awards
1- Sloane Coles, 2- Maggie McAlary, 3- Maria Schaub, 4- Haylie Jayne, and 5- Hardin Towell

November 2007, Bates Equitation Computer List Year End Awards
1- Kmberly Mc Cormick, 2- Maria Schaub, 3- Jen Waxman, 4- Carolyn Curcio,and 5- Brittney Hurst

Good luck to all the junior equitation riders competing in 2008!

Catch up with me next week when I answer another one of your recent questions.
Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub


At Sat Mar 29, 11:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey maria thanks for all the great info, I've been wondering what do you have to do to become a professional show jumper? Just wanted to know because I jump 1.3 to 1.4 m courses but I don't live in the U.S

Thank you

At Sat Mar 29, 09:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said earlier that you were deferring going to Rutger's a semester. Did you decide to defer a year, or just not go at all?

At Sun Mar 30, 12:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria!
Just a quick question that's slightly out of the blue - I recently stumbled upon your blog and read through it, and didn't see anything about you selling Whimsey, but I have heard that you no longer own him. Is this true? If so, when did you sell him and who bought him? This information would be greatly appereciated.

I have enjoyed reading your blog and hope to continue reading about your experiences as a young professional in the equine industry! Good luck!

At Sun Mar 30, 02:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria when are you going to start competing Grand Prix? We really need some more stylish people in the GP arena's most all you see now is so sloppy LOL :D

At Sun Mar 30, 07:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria Sold Whimsey to the Polle Family there is a topic somewhere in this blog from a while back she wrote about it....

At Wed Apr 02, 06:54:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maria, i bought the george morris horsmanship dvd from the 2007 clinic and it was very good. you rode that speedy mare extremely well!! but at the beginning of the dvd when george was lunging that fresh bay on the lunge line under saddle, it looked to me like he somehow attatched the reins to the saddle and tighned them slowly throughout the excersize. so my question is why would he do that and not use side reins?? i know that i would much prefer side reins over actual reins because side reins have that little peice of elastic near the bit that give when the horse gives to the pressure! riding reins dont give and i would think that that would agitate the horse when he gave and the reins did not!! i know this isnt the most important question in the world but you have been anwering a lot of questions like this lately and i thought this wasnt your usual "r u gonna ride grand prix?" type question! so please reply and good luck with ur future career!!


At Thu Apr 03, 05:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, the GP riders aren't all sloppy, they just know how to get around within the time limit, sacrificing some style.

At Sat Apr 05, 02:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria!
I was wondereing, what qualities do you look for in a saddle?(how deep the seat is, etc.) What brands do you prefer? Why?

At Tue Aug 12, 08:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie Jayne is my hero- grand prix at the age of eleven? crazy.
haha his parents' barn is 2 min away from me.

Of course, Maria you are too! You are amazing, I hope I can be as half as talented as you are! I love that you have this blog, and post pretty frequently. You are an inspiration to many of us riders. I also love that you are such an amazing rider yet you are so humble. You are a great person and rider! danggg girl, you are my top hero yet! haha

Thanks for your time


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