It is called the “proving ground of champions” and the ultimate test for America’s young riders. Those who win it often go on to ride professionally, and the roster of winners reads like a who’s who of equestrian sports. For spectators, 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...
The ASPCA Maclay, a championship class at the National Horse Show, was initiated in 1933 by Alfred B. Maclay, an ASPCA board member, accomplished horseman and president of the National Horse Show. Maclay conceived of a trophy that would inspire young riders to develop the best horsemanship skills and instill in them respect and compassion for their equine partners.
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 National Horse Show online.