Walker Wins Maclay National Championship for the ASPCA Horsemanship
Classes at 118th National Horse Show
New York, NY-November
4, 2001--Brian Walker of Quebec, Canada won the Maclay
National Championship for the ASPCA Horsemanship Classes at the 118th
National Horse at Madison Square Garden in New York.
With his win, Walker joins a list of impressive champions that includes
U.S. Olympic medalists Bill Steinkraus, Frank Chapot, Mary Mairs Chapot,
George Morris, Conrad Homfeld and Leslie Burr Howard.
Fifty junior equitation riders qualified for the Finals through a series
regional championships. The Maclay competition consisted of a series of
four phases. The first phase was a jumping round consisting of eleven
fences. The top 30 returned for Sunday morning's flat phase where the
riders were tested again, with the top 15 returning for Sunday afternoon's
jumping phase. Ten riders were pinned in the final round.
Ralph Caristo, one of the three Maclay judges, said, "Brian took
the course, that's why we didn't test the top 4 riders. Brian stayed on
Brian admitted that it feels great to succeed. "I went in the ring
mission, to do my best."
This year is Brian's last year competing as a Junior Rider. He is trained
Californian Travis Lubow finished as Reserve Champion. Judge Susan Humes
said that, "Travis's performance put him clearly apart from the remaining
Lubow said the course, "left no room for a lack of control."
Travis leaves the Junior ranks this year as well. He is trained by Karen
Other ribbon winners included:
3. Erin Stewart
4. Andrew Ramsay
5. Jamie Taylor
6. Caitlyn Shiels
7. Britni Belcher
8. Katie Gardner
9. Abby Carpenter
10. Whitney Hollinger