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Brilliance Gets Bonus Points from Judges at ASPCA Maclay Finals

Written by: Jenny Ross Koning
Client: National Horse Show http://www.nhs.org
Release Date: 2005-11-05

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Photo Credit: George Morris and Susan Humes speak to riders at the 2005 ASPCA Maclay Finals. Photo By: Jennifer Wood

Brilliance Gets Bonus Points from Judges at ASPCA Maclay Finals

Syracuse, NY- November 5- ASPCA Maclay National Championship riders congregated for a meeting today at the Syracuse Invitational SportHorse Tournament in preparation for tomorrow’s equitation final. On November 6, 2005, 150 qualified exhibitors will compete for one of the most prestigious junior trophies in the United States. This year’s Maclay judges, George Morris and Susan Humes, met with competitors today to offer words of encouragement and congratulations.

The meeting began with a brief speech by Oliver Kennedy, the Syracuse SportHorse Tournament manager, who offered thanks to the National Horse Show Association of America and its president, Mr. Gene Mische. Names were drawn from a hat for tomorrow’s start order, and riders received gifts donated by Animal Planet, one of the show’s proud sponsors. After a few words from John Madden, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the show, ASPCA President Ed Sayers informed riders that tomorrow’s Maclay winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship for future educational pursuits. Sayers and Dr. Andrew Lang, Director of the ASPCA Equine Program, discussed the importance of expanding awareness towards animal cruelty prevention and animal welfare.

George Morris, our nation’s founding father of equitation and current Chef d’Equipe for the U.S. Equestrian Team, delivered a speech to riders and their trainers pertaining to what he and Humes expect from a judging standpoint. In addition, he commented on the overall purpose of equitation in our country and the pride he takes in this “American heritage tradition.”

“The purpose of this wonderful discipline,” stated Morris, “is to encourage good horsemanship. Horsemanship is caring for your horse, whether you have a pony or an Olympic jumper.” He addressed understanding “the fine line between schooling a horse, over-schooling a horse, and the soundness of your horse.” Emphasizing soundness as a necessity for good horsemanship and imperative for successful competition, Morris also remarked that horse and rider should be “scrupulously clean” and that the rider and equipment should never “distract from the point: the horse.”

He revealed that tomorrow’s judging will reflect knowledge of the basics, which include the “correctness of style” and “execution to get the job done.” “Basics are learned at home, the basics are either there or the basics are not there,” added Morris.

Morris suggested that riders “use the course.” “Think about it. Analyze it. Figure out what will best suit your horse,” said Morris, “Don’t be afraid to show off…use your imagination on course because brilliance gets bonus points. Not reckless brilliance, but natural brilliance. Don’t be a sheep.”

Riders will test their brilliance tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m. in the jumping phase of the ASPCA Maclay National Championships. The equitation final will conclude with the flat phase at 12 p.m., and a possible work-off at 3 p.m.

For more information on the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, please contact: NATIONAL HORSE SHOW ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, LTD
Carolyn Vincent
P.O. Box 386, Greenvale, NY 11548
516-484-1865 (phone)
516-484-1982 (fax)
NationalHS@aol.com
www.nhs.org

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Photo Credit: George Morris and Susan Humes speak to riders at the 2005 ASPCA Maclay Finals. Photo By: Jennifer Wood



 

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