Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Hi, everyone, wanted to get back to you about the USEF Talent Search competition held on October 4th and 5th at the USET Headquarters in Peapack/Gladstone, NJ. For those of you who may not be familiar with the competition, it is somewhat different than the Medal, Maclay and Washington Equitation finals. The Talent Search competion has four phases; flat, gymnastics, show jumping and a final four phase where the top four riders switch horses, riding each of the four horses that have qualified for that phase. Riders can qualify and participate who are twenty one and under and who have either amateur or professional status with the USEF. Stallions are also eligible to compete.

In early September, just prior to the date when the entries closed for the USEF Talent Search competition, I learned that I was given the opportunity to enter the competition on a beautiful stallion, named Kaiser de la Couer. Kaiser had come to Hunters Moon Farm, East Norwich, NY, to be tried by one of the customers and I was fortunate to be able to show him this past weekend. And before I go on, I would like to extent a sincere thank you to everyone who helped me to secure the ride on such a wonderful horse!

In the flat phase of the competition which took place on Saturday, riders were divided into groups. The, second phase, called the gymnastics phase, was also held on Saturday. Unfortunately, Kaiser was strong in the second phase and we dropped from first place in the first phase to twenty first place after the two phases. With the resolve and determination to learn from my experiences on Saturday, and after some quick changes to the horse's equipment, the show jumping phase on Sunday went well (the judges scored the round tied for third place). After three phases of competition, we placed 6th place overall. I would like to extend a sincere congratulations to the winner, Sophie Benjamin, and to all the other top ten finishers, as well as the all of those who competed.

Catch up with soon for an answer to one of your recent questions.

Talk to you later!
Maria Schaub


At Tue Oct 21, 03:32:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats Maria! Your doing a great job balancing horses and school..do you find it to hard to handle at times or is the balancing act pretty easy for you?

At Wed Oct 29, 01:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats! i am planning on moving up to the big eq this year and i am confused on how to qualify for all of the finals. i know there are a lot and since you spent many years in the equitation could you explain how to qualify for the big finals like medal, maclay, washington, and uset as well as the smaller finals like pha and m&s (central equine)?

At Wed Nov 05, 06:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great job maria!! so glad to hear ur riding is going great!! i have a question about frank madden though! did he win/compete in any of the big eq medals as a junior? thanks and good luck with everything!


At Fri Nov 07, 10:56:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so you are blaming the horse for not getting first?

At Sat Nov 08, 10:39:00 AM, Blogger Audra said...

no she just said her horse was being difficult and when your horse is not 100% on his game, its kinda hard to win an eq class against some of the best riders in the country! i didnt see her rounds but i can about guarantee she covered up her mistakes very well as usual and made the best of any situations.

keep on rockin maria! =)

At Sun Nov 09, 10:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw the video on youtube of maria riding that stallion and she did a heck of a good job!! he definatly looked like he would have done things very differently with a less-solid rider and maria held him together and had him going like a respectable medal horse:)

At Tue Nov 11, 08:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job at the talent search! Your talent and success is very inspiring. I have a somewhat similar story to yours, being that my parents aren't financially able to afford going to big shows every weekend, or buy numerous nice show horses. I think you've been extremely lucky to have the opportunities that you've been given, and the support of distinguished professionals. I'm actually looking for an equitation trainer in my area (PA/NJ). Do you have anyone in mind? I've taken a few lessons at Beacon Hill, but it's a quiet a hike to travel up there every week or so.

At Sat Dec 06, 11:55:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi please update..... sometime soon!!!!!!


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