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Maclay Trophy

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The Proving Grounds for Champions

Written by: Christian Palmer
Client: National Horse Show
Release Date: 2013-07-03

Lexington, KY - July 5, 2013 – Every year through June 1st, junior riders from 8 different regions in the United States contend to qualify for the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals) Maclay Finals. Last year, 152 junior riders were qualified and competed. This year, like every year, only one will claim the honor of being the ASPCA Maclay National Champion this year at the 3rd Annual Alltech National Horse Show on Sunday, November 4th.

The Maclay Finals are a national tradition of the show jumping discipline. It has spanned the dreams of America’s young riders since 1933 when Alfred B. Maclay first conceived of a trophy that would inspire young riders to develop the best horsemanship skill and instill in them respect and compassion for their equine partners. Maclay was an ASPCA board member, accomplished horseman and president of the National Horse Show.

“It’s the proving grounds for junior riders,” said current National Horse Show President and Olympian Mason Phelps, Jr. “Many of these up-comers who win this coveted class go on to ride professionally, and the roster of winners reads like a who’s who of equestrian sports.” The youngest rider to claim the honor was George Morris in 1952. In 1961, Bernie Traurig claimed the honor and later went on to reach the top of the sport in three International Equestrian Olympic disciplines: show jumping, dressage, and eventing. “These are just two of the many Maclay Finals Champions, and thousands of contenders over the years, who’ve later gone on to distinguish themselves in the industry and make great contributions the sport.” said Phelps.

Other Notable equestrians who have ridden to victory in the ASPCA Maclay Finals include: 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist William Steinkraus; 1984 Los Angeles Olympians Conrad Homfeld and Leslie Howard; 2004 Athens Olympic Team Silver Medalist Peter Wylde; 2004 Athens Olympic Show Jumping Team Coach Frank Chapot; and the most recent rising star of the international show jumping world, Brianne Goutal, winner of the 2005 ASPCA Maclay Championship.

For spectators, watching the Maclay Finals it is poetry in motion, where horse and rider seem to float effortlessly through difficult maneuvers. For the young competitors, it is about grace and style and a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work...

It’s also about being adorned with the most coveted junior trophy and recognition, ribbons, embroidered coolers, prestige, accolades, and of course bragging rights. Meanwhile, their trainers are recognized among the crème de la crème of the hunter and jumpers disciplines.

Phelps admitted, “I know these young riders need a tremendous amount of support and resources, not just financial, but also the guidance and expertise of their trainers, and for that matter, everyone else associated with sport, from grooms to show sponsors and spectators. Each of these young riders has a cadre of people nourishing their talent, and on Sunday November 4th, the 80th Maclay champion will prove themselves worthy of membership within this circle of equestrians.”

The ASPCA Maclay is a national championship class held annually at the National Horse Show, the oldest indoor horse show on the North American continent.

This hunt seat equitation class is open to qualified juniors (riders younger than 18). It requires that all contestants jump a minimum of eight fences of at least 3'6" feet in height. In between, the horse must walk, trot and canter with style and poise.

For more information on the ASPCA Maclay championship, including rules and regulations, please visit the Alltech National Horse Show online.

To sponsor the 2013 Alltech National Horse Show, please contact Christian Palmer, Alltech National Horse Show, 612.618.8216,

2013 Alltech National Horse Show Fast Facts

The Alltech National Horse Show is a weeklong championship event featuring “AA”-rated hunters, open jumpers, junior/amateur jumpers, and the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Finals. The event will run October 29 – November 3, 2013, indoors in the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™.

The Kentucky Horse Park has waived the normal parking fee during the Alltech National Horse Show. Parking is free. While dogs are permitted at the Kentucky Horse Park on a leash, no dogs are allowed in the Alltech Arena during the ANHS

The Kentucky Horse Park is located at 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511. The KHP is 8 miles northeast of Lexington at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Carolyn Vincent
National Horse Show
PO Box 386
Greenvale, NY 11548

Phone: (516) 484-1865
Fax: (516) 484-1982


Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located in the Alltech Arena.

Additional Contacts:
Vendors  - Matt Morrissey at or call 941 915-3457
VIP Table Sales – Karen Lucca at or call 561-753-3389
Sponsorship – Christian Palmer at or call 612-618-8216 or Mason Phelps at or 561-753-3389

HILTON – DOWNTOWN – 859-231-9000 – Approximately 6 miles
CLARION HOTEL (formerly Holiday Inn North) – 859 – 233-0512 – Approximately 4 miles
FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES BY MARRIOTT - 859 -977-5870 - Approximately 4 miles
FOUR POINTS SHERATON – 859-259-1311 – Approximately 4 miles
LA QUINTA – 859-231-7551 – Approximately 4 miles
KNIGHTS INN – 859-231-0232 – Approximately 4 miles
EMBASSY SUITES – 859-455-5000 – Approximately 4 miles
MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE – 859-231-5100 – Approximately 4 miles
RESIDENCE INN – 859-231-6191 – Approximately 5 miles
COURTYARD BY MARRIOT – 859-253-4646 – Approximately 5 miles
HOLIDAY INN GEORGETOWN – 502-570-0220 - Approximately 6 miles
RAMADA INN – 859-299-1261 – Approximately 6 miles
RED ROOF INN – 859-293-2626 – Approximately 6 miles
HAMPTON INN – 502-867-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
SUPER EIGHT – 502-863-4888 – Approximately 6 miles
MICROTEL INN & SUITES - 502-868-8000 - Approximately 6 miles

For further information on housing in the Lexington area, we invite you to visit: and

Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC
P. O. Box 11428
Lexington, KY 40575-1428
859-233-0492 (phone)
859-233-0495 (fax)

Horse Show Secretary:
Cindy Bozan


Elizabeth Adams
North America PR, Alltech
Alltech Corporate Headquarters
3031 Catnip Hill Pike
Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356
(859) 401-2964


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