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Emma Crosbie Captures the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship - Top Equitation Mount Vigo Retires, Shelby Drazan Memorial Award Presented to Juliette Joseph

Emma Crosbie and Quadro D'Ag

San Juan Capistrano, CA - It was a big equitation evening in the Blenheim Farms Indoor Arena. Opening ceremonies began with a beautiful retirement ceremony and inception of a new Best Equitation Horse Award, the Vigo Perpetual Trophy, followed by a presentation of the Shelby Drazan Memorial Award to deserving junior rider, Juliette Joseph. Meanwhile thirty-eight riders prepared to ride the Jasen Shelley designed NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship course, vying for a chance to compete at the highly-anticipated ASPCA Maclay Championship.

Vigo retired with past trainers and riders

Blenheim EquiSports hosted the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship, one of five Regional Championships held on Saturday. The top placing riders from these classes, along with the three upcoming Regionals, generate the list of over 150 qualified junior riders that will take on the challenges of competing in the Alltech Arena at the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, KY, October 31 - November 5, 2017.

As always, the indoor arena track illustrated a rider's ability to focus and execute the questions asked. It demanded adjustability for careful jumps, a collected pace for short lines, an open step for forward lines, as well as the skill to navigate jumps off tight turns.

After the culmination of the jumping phase, judges Timmy Kees and Christina Schlusemeyer called back 30 riders in three groups for the flat phase. With the final group of three indicative of the top 10 in the class, the judges then required a work-off of their top six riders.

Returning in reverse order of preference were: Augusta Iwasaki, Laila Klinsmann, Breanna Bunevacz, Claire Archer, Katherine Dash and Emma Crosbie.

The test included a canter directly to 6, 9a, 10, 8 and a sitting trot back to the line. Iwasaki, who has been in the hot seat several times in her short but successful riding career, executed the tests flawlessly, setting the standard and ultimately moving her up three spots to finish third. Klinsmann rode the work-off without a major fault, maintaining her fifth place spot. Fresh off a win in the PCHA 14 & Under Horsemanship Medal, Bunevacz rode well and moved up two spots to earn second, and Archer also held her fourth position with a solid work-off.

Down to the final two, Dash was a bit deep in a couple spots, and bumped down to sixth. Under pressure as the final rider, Crosbie remained consistent as she had throughout the class and executed a smooth track, earning her victory.

While being interviewed for Show Jumping Life, Crosbie was still reeling from the results. "It's really surreal. I've dreamed of riding in the Maclay ever since I could remember."

Click to view the Show Jumping Life interview with Emma Crosbie

A freshman at Auburn University, Crosbie is an NCAA athlete and gets the chance to ride and compete on a variety of horses. "When I come home, Emily Esau-Williams and Dayle Fischer train me and they are awesome. I've been riding with them since I was a freshman in high school."

She also spoke about her mount, Quadro D'Ag, who is owned by barnmate Theresa Boucher. "She is very kind to let me ride him. This is my second time doing the Regionals, both times on him," the champion explained. "Last year it was good and I qualified but I was pretty green. I didn't take this horse back East last year, but I am going to take him this year."

Although Vigo retired from the show ring earlier in the evening, his memory will live on with the inception of The Vigo Perpetual Trophy. Awarded to the Best Equitation Horse at the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship each year, the judges' pick in this inaugural year was Acortair, owned by Further Lane Farm and ridden to second place by Breanna Bunevacz.

Breanna Bunevacz and Acortair

Blenheim EquiSports congratulates all award recipients and riders who qualified to represent Region 8 in the ASPCA Maclay Championship this November.

Emma Crosbie and Quadro D'Ag with Dayle Fischer, Emily Esau-Williams
and Melissa Brandes

2017 Shelby Drazan Memorial Award Presentation
In memory of Shelby Drazan, an excellent equitation rider and good friend to many, Stacy Drazan, Mackenzie Drazan and Teal Orlin announced and presented the second annual Shelby Drazan Memorial Award. This award was established by the Drazan family, together with HE Tex Sutton Forwarding Company.

Based on an individual that has displayed sportsmanship, integrity and passion in the show jumping arena, as well as in their community, junior rider Juliette Joseph was selected as the 2017 recipient.

Joseph will be awarded roundtrip air and ground transportation for one horse and equipment to the 2017 Indoor Horse Show Circuit; air transport provided by HE Tex Sutton Forwarding Company. Additionally, the Drazan family will provide $2,000 towards the Dover USEF Medal entries at the Pennsylvania National Horse show in Harrisburg.

Stacy Drazan presents Juliette Joseph with the Shelby Drazan Memorial Award
with Demi Stiegler and Vigo, Mackenzie Drazan, Teal Orlin, Melissa Brandes
and Robyn Stiegler

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NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship

Place - Rider - Horse - Trainer(s)
1. 677 - Emma Crosbie - Quadro D'Ag - Emily Esau-Willams and Dayle Fischer
2. 740 - Breanna Bunevacz - Acortair - Robyn and Demi Stiegler
3. 515 - Augusta Iwasaki - Vanderpump - Liz Reilly and Tasha Visokay
4. 134 - Claire Archer - Rimpoche - John Charlebois
5. 174 - Laila Klinsmann - Zelano - John Bragg and Leslie Steele
6. 703 - Katherine Dash - Need I Say - Archie Cox
7. 218 - Kaitlyn Lovingfoss - Hasta La Vista - Jim Hagman
8. 224 - Brooke Morin - Boss - Nick Haness
9. 139 - Libby King - Quentino - Lori De Rosa
10. 502 - Clea Caddell - Cavaljo - Alison Sherred

Photos by McCool


Held during the 134th annual CP National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park, The ASPCA Maclay Championship will span two days over the weekend of November 4-5, 2017. On Saturday, all of the qualified junior riders will have the opportunity to compete in the over fences phase, as they set their sights on the most prestigious title of their young careers. On Sunday, a select group will be invited back for the flat phase, where they will test their skills under saddle. Once the flat phase is complete, the group of riders will be narrowed down even further for another over fences test. Once that phase is complete, the judges may have a small group of riders return for final testing, or they will announce the new ASPCA Alfred. B Maclay Horsemanship Champion.



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