Meet the Top 10 Riders from the 2016 ASPCA Maclay National Finals

The prestigious championship for junior riders closed out the CP National Horse Show on Sunday.

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For hunt seat equitation riders and up-and-comping show jumpers, there aren’t too many titles as coveted as Maclay National Champion.

The first round of the national final kicked off early in the morning on Saturday, November 5, with 176 qualifiers from around the country going in front of judges Diane Carney and Rachel Kennedy at the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky. From that first group, the top 30 returned for flatwork on Sunday afternoon. This was followed by a final jumping round that included counter-cantering to a jump, a trot fence, and other challenges designed to test a rider’s ability to come up with a plan that works best for their horse and execute it, all while maintaining a correct and effective position in the saddle.

Hunter Holloway, 2016 Maclay Finals champion, riding C'est La Vie
Hunter Holloway riding C’est La Vie is the 20216 Maclay Finals 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.)

Taylor St. Jacques and Charisma at the 2016 Maclay Finals
Taylor St. Jacques and Charisma

 

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.

Get full results and more info at nhs.org.

2016 Maclay Final
T.J. O’Mara and Kaskade

 

2016 Maclay Final
Brian Moggre and Viceroy

 

2016 Maclay Final
Jordyn Rose Freedman and Finnick

 

Sophie Simpson and Breckenridge at the 2016 Maclay Finals
Sophie Simpson and Breckenridge

 

2016 Maclay Final
Katherine Bundy and Levkoi

 

2016 Maclay Final
Grace Boston and Fernway Park

 

Madison Goetzmann and Contelido at the 2016 Maclay Finals
Madison Goetzmann and Contelido
Lucy Deslauriers and Class Action at the 2016 Maclay Finals
Lucy Deslauriers and Class Action

2016 Maclay National Final Results – Top 10

  1. Hunter Holloway riding C’est La Vie
  2. Taylor St. Jacques riding Charisma
  3. T.J. O’Mara riding Kaskade
  4. Brian Moggre riding Viceroy
  5. Jordyn Rose Freedman riding Finnick
  6. Sophie Simpson riding Breckenridge
  7. Katherine Bundy riding Levkoi
  8. Grace Boston riding Fernway Park
  9. Madison Goetzmann riding Contelido
  10. Lucy Deslauriers riding Class Action

Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com

 

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