Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UPDATE 2010 FTI WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL

The last few months have been very busy working for Frank Madden Show Stable with a rather intense schedule that has included long work hours. After leaving our home base at Hunters Moon Farm, East Norwich, NY, in December 2009, the barn traveled to the site of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida. Following our arrival, we spent time organizing the barn, the horse and rider equipment, and the horse show set up, and some of the horses and riders participated in the Holiday Series Shows held here in late December. One of the barns' junior competitors, Victoria Birdsall, was selected to participate in the fourth annual George Morris Horse Mastership Clinic which was held in early January in the International Arena at the show grounds of the Winter Equestrian Festival. Having the opportunity to see Mr. Morris teach some segments of the clinic was a rewarding and educational experience, and brought back fond memories from my own experiences at the clinic in 2007 and 2008.

The first four weeks of the Winter Circuit have passed quickly, and the experience has been energetic and very rewarding. Recently, the barn has welcomed several new horses and riders into our program and it has been a pleasure getting to know all of them. Some of our riders are getting acquainted with new mounts, and I have been watching them apply lessons learned in the show ring. Since learning occurs at an individual rate, the teaching process has taught me to be more patient with the riders and the horses. Working with and showing a sale horse named, Sagitario II, has been part of my work duties and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with him.

The format established last year, which answers some of your questions, will continue for this blog.

PLEASE EXPLAIN THE DECEMBER 1st CUT OFF FOR THE EQUITATION, I AM A SOPHOMORE TURNING sixteen in APRIL?

For the Medal, Maclay and the Washington, a rider must be a Junior in order to compete. According to the USEF regulations, Juniors are seventeen and under, on or before December 1st of the competition year. Since you will be sixteen in April, you can show in the Medal, Maclay, and the Washington, this year and until December 1, 2012. For the USEF Talent Search, you can be either a Junior or a Young Rider. According to the USEF regulations, a Young Rider must be twenty-one and under and can be either professional or non-professional. You have the option of continuing to compete in the USEF Talent Search classes for several years after you have completed your Junior years.

OUT OF ALL THE BIG EQUITATION CLASSES YOU ENTERED WHICH ONE WOULD YOU SAY IS YOUR FAVORITE?

I do not have a favorite, and can honestly say that I enjoyed all of the Big Eq classes.

ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD STARTING RECOGNIZED SHOWS?

Maintaining a focused, positive attitude and developing riding goals with your trainer and your parents will be beneficial.

Competing as a Junior equestrian can be complicated. Many schools do not recognize either the persevering requirements and/or the intensity of the horse show schedule. A Junior faces the challenges of balancing schoolwork and horse work. Traveling and competition schedules are demanding and your school may not consider your days away at competitions as excused absences from school. Junior riders can often be forced into being home schooled. Many Juniors do not have what most would consider the usual high school experience.

Thank you for your continued support and for your questions.
Talk to you soon!
Maria Schaub

26 Comments:

At Wed Feb 10, 08:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love! You seem so swet!

 
At Fri Feb 12, 05:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the update! I love your blog and check it daily for new updates :P

 
At Tue Feb 16, 10:17:00 PM, Blogger Kimi said...

Thank you for continuing your blog, Maria! I love reading about your new adventures and can't wait for the updates. :)

 
At Wed Feb 24, 02:18:00 PM, Blogger EcoLicious Equestrian said...

thanks for the update!

 
At Sun Feb 28, 04:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read that in the George Morris Horsemanship clinis with Laura Kraut, the people were jumping over 4'6". do most people who compete big eq jump this high?

 
At Mon Mar 01, 07:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria:
I'm a 13 year old aspiring equitation rider. I've been on jumpers all my life, but when I saw Horse Power at age 8, I fell in love with the big eq. However, both my trainer and parents think I can only ride jumpers. What do you think? Is a trainer always right? Or should I venture out and get an eq horse?
Thank you so much and good luck at WEF!

 
At Mon Mar 01, 07:56:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Maria,
I think you of all people would understand my issue, so I thought to leave a comment on your blog. I'm fifteen and do the big eq on the local and smaller A show circut. However, since there are usually only 6 people in each class, I have to show every weekend to qualify for finals. I'm really falling behind in school because of it, but my mom doesn't think homeschooling is a good idea. Do you have any ideas? My teachers don't really have much sympathy for equestrianism...

 
At Wed Mar 03, 04:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi maria!
im a 14 year old moving up to the 3', we're looking for a 3' horse, but im wondering if it would be smarter to just get a 3'6" horse since i'd like to be moving up within a year and a half. what do you think?
thank you

 
At Wed Mar 10, 08:37:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you know any good excersises for keeping your legs still and tight?

 
At Wed Mar 10, 08:40:00 PM, Anonymous ccb said...

Hey Maria,
I will be 17 years old in july so I dont have that much time for the big equ. I started this year because I have been having a lot of horse problems the past couple years but knock on wood I think I found the one. I really want to be good and I love to ride...I just dont understand why sometimes, acctually a lot lately, I just don't want to ride, I mean I go threw slumps but not like this...and when I'm not in a slump all I want to do is ride and I love it...but what do I need to do to keep my head up because I know I can be good if I just work a little harder and more positively...? I also am going to go to Devon this year!! but my nerves have been taking a hold of me...and if I dont do good there i'll blame myself all on this! ugh sorry this is a lot but all my friends are gone from my barn and I wanted to talk to someone who has the experience! Thanks so much :)

 
At Mon Mar 15, 03:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whats some good ways to control show nerves?
thanks maria!!!!!!!!

 
At Sat Apr 10, 09:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you still have Whimsey? :) x

 
At Sun Apr 25, 08:31:00 PM, Blogger star_child123 said...

How can I submit a question for your blog? Or do I just do it here in the comment box?

 
At Mon Apr 26, 03:01:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you put it on the comment thing

 
At Sun May 09, 09:36:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you still do this blog?????

 
At Thu Jul 22, 07:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO UPDATEEEE

 
At Mon Jul 26, 07:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just opened http://www.HorseSold.com. It is a horse classified site and I am letting people post to their hearts delight for free since it is brand new.

I will start charging a small listing fee once it get's popular, but I am sure your readers would love to be able to post to a horse classifieds for free. They can be featured for free and you can add video to every listing.

Thank you for your time and nice blog!

 
At Sun Aug 29, 08:55:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you the assistant trainer or a working student at Frank's Barn?

 
At Sun Nov 28, 04:50:00 PM, Blogger amanda s. p. 3 said...

Hey Maria :) I ride at WEF too but I have trouble balancing school with horses. How do you do well in school while riding all the time?

 
At Fri Dec 10, 02:22:00 PM, Anonymous Casacde Acres said...

I would love to see you update your blog. Do you still compete?

 
At Sun Dec 12, 05:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To answer a few of the questions:

@Anonymous on George Morris Clinic: Not all show at this height, and there is a lower section of his clinic was well. Several of the riders do compete in the jumpers, however there are others who have not.

@ 13y/o Anonymous: I do not understand how come you should not be able to do the eq, however it is a tough division to ride in. If you really love it, you can talk to your trainer more to see her reasoning behind it. However, the jumpers is a great way to become a stronger, better rider.

@ 15y/o Anonymous: I would not home school if that is the level you are riding at, even at higher levels I believe its best to stay in school. Try to finish as much homework as you can when you have time, during the week and in free periods at school. Finish as much as possible on Friday if you are not showing, and bring a book to read or things to do on the way in the car and in waiting time at the shows. It is going to be tough, but you'll have to learn how to balance

@14y/o Anonymous: Finding a horse that can do 3'6 would probably be a good idea, as when you move up you will be comfortable on your horse and know him better. YOu won't have to find a new horse and get used to him/her

@Maria no longer has Whimsey, she sold him to Erica Polle a few years ago, and therefore he is still at Beacon Hill Show Stables

@A few people, Maria was working with Frank until Lake Placid, but then began to work with professional rider Pablo Barrios, while still on good terms with Frank.

 
At Wed Dec 29, 01:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi Maria like to know where is kaiser de la cour how he is doing can not find data on him thanks

 
At Fri Jul 01, 01:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erica Polle still owns Whimsey, who is now retired at Darby and Ted Mazzarissi's farm in New Jersey. Erica no longer rides with Stacia at Beacon Hill. This spring she moved to join her sister Karen to train with Anne Kursinski at Market Street. Anne trains her in the jumpers and she meets Frank Madden at horse shows, who trains her in the equitation.

 
At Fri Jul 01, 01:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the new Junior Rider blog: JuniorRider.blogs.equisearch.com

 
At Tue Jul 12, 03:50:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria!
Your such an inspirational rider! I'm 13 and I have shown up to 2'6". I really want to do the Big Eq, but the problem is that I just switched barns, and they want to do some local shows with me. The trainers there think I'm a really good rider, and I have been jumping 2'6" in my lessons there. I am just really worried that I won't get to compete in shows like you are doing. I can't afford to buy a horse of my own, but I probably could find a 3'6" horse I could lease for shows like the Maclay, when I get to that point. My dreams as a current junior rider is to do all the Eq shows, like the Maclay, etc. How can I get to my goals? I'm also worried that by time I get to jump 3'6", I'll be too old for the junior Eq shows. I really need all of the advice I can get, because at this point, I don't know many people knowledagable in getting me to the big shows like you do. Thanks in advance, and once again, your such a great rider!

 
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