Sunday, May 11, 2008

Garden State Horse Show 2008

Hi, everyone! Thanks for your continued support!

This past week, I worked with Frank Madden Show Stable and assisted some other professionals at the Garden State Horse Show which was held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in northern New Jersey. Since 1999, I have been attending the show but this year, being my first year as a young professional, I gained a rather different perspective. Although I rode and competed earlier in the week, my main objective was to train and assist the clients I was helping. The cold rainy weather on Friday proved to be a bit of a challenge but by Saturday, the skies were more agreeable for the competitors and spectators, alike. I finished up the weekend with a great sense of accomplishment and a resolve to get some rest for the new work week ahead of me.

One of the highlights of the show was watching the 50,000 Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon. The Saturday afternoon turnout for the Grand Prix was rather sizable and the spectators were lucky enough to watch Beezie Madden and Mclain Ward, two of the members of our 2008 Olympic team, compete. Watching riders of their caliber is great experience! Laura Chapot, Ken Berkeley and Michelle Spadone, as well as some other local riders and professionals rounded out the rooster of twenty eight entries. In the first round, the course proved to have a challenging triple combination that became the determining line for more than half of the horse-rider combinations. Ten horse-rider combinations returned for the jump-off. Not surprisingly, of course, the Grand Prix was won by Beezie Madden and McClain Ward, took a close second.

Catch up with me next week for another update.
Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub


At Wed May 14, 12:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering: what does you typical day consist of now that you are a professional?
thanks for blogging maria, its great!

At Sat May 17, 06:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want you to know I'm still following your blog and think it's great -- please keep blogging!

At Wed May 21, 04:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just wondering if you will be showing in any of the medal finals this year (that you haven't won already). I think you said on your blog once that you can participate until you are 21 (no longer a junior) and I was curious to know if you were going to compete in those classes for one more year. Thanks for the blog!

At Wed May 21, 04:51:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please update!!

At Mon May 26, 11:18:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria, I am a big fan of yours, and i hope you do wonderful as a professional. I am an ispiring EQ Rider, and I am 14. I can't afford the big a circuit shows so I am trying to find a trainer that can give me a working student oppurtunity. I will need to get catch rides as i won't get my eq horse for a few years, and I live in Colorado where there aren't many catch rides to get. I am wondering how I can put my name out there and go to the East coast as a working student for top trainers without the cost. I will try to apply for R.W. Mutch and I want this more than anything else. I ultimatly want to be a Grand Prix rider and be in the Olympics, and Equitation can get me there. Please respond! I think it's great that you are blogging for equisearch! You truely are my role model. Thanks!


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