|September 25, 2012 – It was a full weekend for junior riders as the final four regions concluded their ASPCA Maclay Regionals. The anticipation was tangible as the nation’s top riders competed for the chance to attend the prestigious ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals during the Alltech National Horse Show this fall at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Michael Hughes captured the first place honors for Region 1, with Lillie Keenan riding to the top of the ranks for Region 2. Meg O’Mara took the championship in the ASPCA Maclay Regionals for Region 3, while Taylor Schmidt rode to the top of the standings for Region 4.
The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in the equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2010 ASPCA winner was Hayley Barnhill, and Sarah Milliren took the title during the 2012 Alltech National Horse Show.
The Grand Fall Classic in Westbrook, CT, saw great competition from riders this weekend, but it was Michael Hughes who stood out above the rest for the second consecutive year. Hughes laid down a beautiful round, and rode to the top of the leader board and the chance to battle the best at the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. Abby Bertelson earned the second place spot, while Sydney Schulman rounded out the top three.
For more information about the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals, please visit http://www.alltechnationalhorseshow.com/maclay/maclay-information/.