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Haylie Jayne, winner of the ASPCA Maclay Midwest Regional qualifier.

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Welles Captures Northeast ASPCA Maclay Qualifier, Jayne Victorious in Midwest, Delfiandra Wins Region 3

Written by: Jennifer Wood
Client: National Horse Show
Release Date: 2005-09-27

Jennifer Wood for Phelps Media Group, Inc. International

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Photo Credit: Haylie Jayne, winner of the ASPCA Maclay Midwest Regional qualifier. Photo by Randi Muster.

Welles Captures Northeast ASPCA Maclay Qualifier, Jayne Victorious in Midwest, Delfiandra Wins Region 3

Greenvale, NY- September 27- The final three qualifiers for the ASPCA Maclay National Championship were held this past weekend. Region 1 (Northeast) held their competition on September 25 at the Grand Fall Classic Horse Show in Westbrook, Connecticut for riders from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Southeast Regional was also held on Sunday at the Camden Fall Classic in Camden, South Carolina and hosted riders from twelve states. The Midwest Regional was on September 24 at the Kentucky National in Lexington, Kentucky, for riders in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

The ASPCA Maclay class has been held since 1933, and its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr (1972), Stacia Klein Madden in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992.

The top riders from each regional qualifier may advance to the National Championship, which is held this year at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament on November 2-6, 2005 and is produced by the National Horse Show Association.

The present plan in Syracuse is to hold the warm up for the ASPCA Maclay on Saturday morning and the first two phases of the Maclay on Sunday morning. The Maclay competitors will then be able to observe the international finale to the Syracuse Tournament-–the uniquely formatted Syracuse Cup and the Beacon Hill $35,000 Junior/Amateur Grand Prix. Following that, the third, or testing, phase will be held as the feature and closing event of the session.

The winner this year of the Region 1 ASPCA Maclay qualifier is Julie Welles of West Simsbury, Connecticut. The 17 year old rider showed in her fifth Maclay qualifier this year and had her best result. The win came at one of, if not the most, successful show that Welles has ever had.

In addition to winning the Maclay qualifier, Welles also won the PHA National Medal Final, the Zone 1 Medal Finals, the Regional Junior Medal Finals, the USEF Talent Search class, and the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Classic.

“It was a really good weekend!” Welles said with a smile. “I was confident for the Maclay regional because I had been riding so well all weekend- although anything could happen. I was going in it to just qualify, and if I won it was an extra bonus. It certainly put a positive spin onto the start of the fall season.”

Welles’ trainer, Missy Clark, revealed that the young rider is an “all-around horseman.” “Not only is she talented, but she works at it. She takes it upon herself; she doesn’t expect someone to wave a magic wand and do it for her.”

Welles rode two horses, Otter and Landau, in her fantastic week of competition. The two horses are owned by Clark. “They’re excellent horses, and I’m honored to ride both of them,” Welles remarked.

Although Welles has never been to the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, she is looking forward to competing there with Landau. She also wants to improve on her second place finish in the National Championships last year. “My goal is to win, but also to have a consistently good round,” she concluded.

Region 1 (Northeast)
1. Julie Welles
2. Meredith Stafford
3. Natalie Johnson
4. Lauren Bergen
5. Jordan Fisk
6. Jack Hardin Towell
7. Jennie Nevin
8. Adrienne Rudkin
9. Kathryn Stenberg
10. Orlaith Carr

Haylie Jayne of Elgin, Illinois won the Midwest regional. The seventeen year old is also one of the top junior riders and is expected to be one of the top finishers in the national championship. Jayne won the Regional qualifier last year as well, and she flatted in the top group at the National Championship. Her goal this year is to get a ribbon, although her eye is on the blue.

Jayne trains with her father, Alex, and Missy Clark. She rode another of Clark’s horses, a chestnut named Ivy. “He is incredibly adjustable and has a great rhythm, so it’s easy to see the jumps on him. Plus, he has a smooth trot and canter, which is nice for the flat,” Jayne explained. She added, “He’s the perfect man. I love him.” Jayne is planning on riding Ivy in the National Championships in Syracuse.

Jayne was seated in fifth place after the over fences portion of the qualifier and moved up to second place in the under saddle round. She clinched the win in a flawless test. Jayne has an affinity for the beautiful venue in Kentucky and stated, “I love Kentucky. It really gets you ready for Harrisburg and the rest of Indoors.”

She will also be another newcomer to Syracuse. “I’ve never been there, so I’m really excited to see it and compete there.”

Region 4 (Midwest)
1. Haylie Jayne
2. Caitlin Chapin
3. Henry Pfeiffer
4. Whitney Weeks
5. Brittani Brown
6. Kacey McCann
7. Jonathan Cohen
8. Amelia McArdle
9. Caroline Searcy
10. Marika Raff

Region 3 (Southeast)
1. Michael Delfiandra
2. Tatiana Dzavik
3. Whitney Goulart
4. Grace Socha
5. Nikko Ritter
6. Jaime Gibson
7. Casey Arndt-Hodges
8. Charlotte Powers
9. Katherine Newman
10. Jacqueline Attwood-Dupont

For more information on the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, please contact:
Carolyn Vincent
P.O. Box 386, Greenvale, NY 11548
516-484-1865 (phone)
516-484-1982 (fax)

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Photo Credit: Haylie Jayne, winner of the ASPCA Maclay Midwest Regional qualifier. Photo by Randi Muster.


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