For hunt seat equitation riders and up-and-comping show jumpers, there aren’t too many titles as coveted as Maclay National Champion.
Judges had the option of additional testing to select the final top ten after the second round, but this year they didn’t need to. 18-year-old Hunter Holloway of Topeka, Kansas, rode C’est La Vie through a smooth round to earn her decisive victory. Holloway is fresh off a win in the equitation finals at the Washington International Horse Show last week, where she rode her usual eq mount, Any Given Sunday. C’est La Vie stepped in at the last minute for the Maclay as Any Given Sunday was running a slight fever (he’s said to be doing just fine.)
17-year-old Taylor St. Jacques of Virginia moved into the reserve champion spot after a skillful ride aboard Charisma in the final round. In October, Charisma was named Best Equitation Horse at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and he proved it at the Maclay, handling the counter-canter beautifully under St. Jacques’ direction.
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T.J. O’Mara and Kaskade
Brian Moggre and Viceroy
Jordyn Rose Freedman and Finnick
Katherine Bundy and Levkoi
Grace Boston and Fernway Park
2016 Maclay National Final Results – Top 10
- Hunter Holloway riding C’est La Vie
- Taylor St. Jacques riding Charisma
- T.J. O’Mara riding Kaskade
- Brian Moggre riding Viceroy
- Jordyn Rose Freedman riding Finnick
- Sophie Simpson riding Breckenridge
- Katherine Bundy riding Levkoi
- Grace Boston riding Fernway Park
- Madison Goetzmann riding Contelido
- Lucy Deslauriers riding Class Action
Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com