2017 ASPCA Maclay Final Commentary—Flat Phase & Round 2

Nov 5, 2017 - 2:04 PM

Lexington, Ky.—Nov. 5  

Your 2017 ASPCA Maclay Final winner is Madison Goetzmann of Skaneateles, N.Y., who trains with John and Beezie Madden and Stacia Madden’s Beacon Hill team with Krista Freundlich and Maxa Amaya.

1st place – Madison Goetzmann
2nd place – Jordyn Rose Freedman
3rd place – Grady Lyman
4th place – Annabel Revers
5th place – Daisy Farish
6th place – Abigail Brayman
7th place – Coco Fath
8th place – Tanner Korotkin
9th place – Emma Crosbie
10th place – Cooper Dean

25thMadison Goetzmann had a lovely pace and rode accurate turns. She had a decent hand-gallop, and a flawless flying change to the counter lead out of the turn to 7. She was a bit slow and sticky at the trot jump, then landed on and kept the counter lead to 9. Her triple combination and last fence were excellent.

The judges have decided there will be no additional testing, so we’ll just wait for the awards ceremony and results!

24thJordyn Rose Freedman got a hair deep to the vertical at 2 and the horse twisted a bit over it. Her hand-gallop to 5 was bold and flawless. She nailed the flying change to the counter lead just coming out of the turn to 7, then had a great trot jump and landed the counter lead to 9 and kept it. She finished over the triple combination and wall well and left the ring with a huge smile on her face.

23rdGrady Lyman had lovely turns to the first few fences, then a decent hand-gallop to 5. She did the flying change to the counter lead on the way to 7, but it was well after the turn, then she caught a quiet distance to 7. Her trot jump was good, and she landed and kept the counter lead to 8 from there. She finished up with a lovely ride through the triple and over the wall at 11.

22ndPaige Matthies was excellent in the hand-gallop to 5, then had a lovely flying change to the counter lead after the turn to 7. Her trot jump was good, then she did a simple change through the walk to the counter lead to 9 and executed it perfectly. But then her horse got a bit surprised by the wall at 11 and put down after he took off for it, and they went through it a bit.

21st - Coco Fath was lovely over the early part of the course and had a nice hand-gallop to 5, though Class Action fell off his lead there. She then did a flying change after the turn to 7 to get the counter lead. Her trot jump was nice, but then she didn’t get the change to the counter lead on the way to Fence 9. She finished up well.

20thAlexandra Worthington had a nice early part of the course and then was quite aggressive to 5 in the hand-gallop, getting a swap there. She then was very late getting the flying change to the counter lead on the way to 7. Her trot jump was good, and she landed and kept the counter lead to 9. But then her day got much worse, as her horse emphatically said no to the triple combination at 10ABC, stopping and spinning and almost getting her off. Two stops there ended her day.

19thEllie Ferrigno was a hair underpaced to the first few jumps, but had a nice hand-gallop to 5, though her horse swapped in the last stride. She asked for a flying change to the counter lead just out of the turn to 7 and the horse was a bit explosive about it. Her trot just was good, and she landed on the counter lead and held it to 9. She got a bit underneath the wall at 11 and the horse clonked it pretty hard, making the wall rock.

18thAnnabel Revers was lovely over the first few fences, and was bang-on at the hand-gallop to 5. She did a flying change to the counter lead just after her turn to 7, then landed the counter lead to 9 off a nice trot jump. She finished up well, but her horse made the wall at 11 rock a bit with a hard hind rub. Her style is so lovely and her horse’s rhythm is perfect.

17thAlexandra Pielet really nailed the hand-gallop to 5, and had a nice flying change to the counter lead on the way to 7, though she had to really throttle down to that jump to avoid a deep distance. She had a nice trot jump, then landed the counter lead and held it to 9. She had a rub at the wall at 11 but finished quite nicely.

16thCooper Dean was a hair slow in the hand gallop. He did a great job of getting a flying change early—in the turn—to the counter lead on the way to 7, then had a nice trot jump off an inside turn and landed the counter lead to 9. He finished very smoothly.

15thTaylor St. Jacques really knows how to lay a trip down and she started off well with a very bold hand-gallop to 5. She landed on the counter lead after 6, but then in an effort to preserve it, she went wide around the turn and Charisma swapped to the true lead. She had to switch back to the counter lead before Fence 7. Her trot jump was nice, and she landed and kept the counter lead to Fence 9. Then she had the front rail down at 10A, the oxer into the triple combination. She finished nicely.

14thAbigail Brayman made some very well-executed turns early in the course, and was medium bold in the hand-gallop. She did a nice flying change after the turn to 7 to get the counter lead, then did a simple change through the walk to get the counter lead for Fence 9. Her last line was quite lovely.

13thDaisy Farish had a great hand-gallop to 5, then did a flying change (albeit maybe a bit late) to the counter lead to 7. Her trot jump was very nice, then she landed the counter lead to 9 and kept it. She finished up very nicely, though with a rub at the wall at 11.

12thNatalie Stoyko had an excellent first few fences, then a rail at Fence 4. She had a lovely hand-gallop to 5 and met it perfectly. Her flying change to the counter lead to 7 was flawless, and she made a nice inside turn to the trot jump and pulled it off. She landed on the counter lead to 9 and kept it well. She finished up beautifully. It’ll be interesting to see what the judges do with that rail, because the rest of it was lovely.

11thSamantha Cohen had a nice first half of the course, but was conservative in the hand-gallop. She executed a flying change to the counter lead to 7, then landed on the counter lead and held it to 9. Her trot jump was good, and she finished well over the last line, but with a hard rub at the wall.

10thMadeline Schaefer rode very accurately but never really hand-galloped to 5. She did a simple change through the walk to counter-canter Fence 7, then had a nice trot fence and landed on the counter lead to Fence 9. Her triple combination and wall jump were good to finish.

9thKatherine Dash rode lovely turns, but was a bit slow in the hand-gallop to 5, then had a swap there. She tried to do a simple change through the trot to Fence 7, but picked up the true lead at first and had to correct it. Her trot jump was good, then she landed on the counter lead to 9 and kept it. She finished well.

8th - Emma Crosbie wasn’t as bold in her turns early in the course, opting to go wide to the in-and-out at 3AB. Her hand-gallop was pretty good to 5, then she did a simple change through the walk to get the counter lead on the way to 7. She did another simple change through the walk to the counter lead between the trot jump and Fence 9.

7thHannah Doherty made some really tight turns early in the course, then was conservative in the hand-gallop and got deep to the oxer at 5. Then she had a refusal at Fence 6. She did the flying to the counter to 7, then had a nice trot jump and held the counter lead to 9. She finished up nicely.

6thNatalie Jayne really rode up to the oxer at 5 and got a lovely gappy distance there. She did the flying change to the counter lead to 7, then had a bit of a sticky trot jump. She landed the counter lead to 9 and held it, then was a hair deep to the last jump.

5th - Elizabeth McKim was a bit conservative in the hand-gallop, then a bit late getting the flying change to counter lead to Fence 7. She landed on the counter lead to Fence 9 and held it. Her last few fences were quite nice.

4th - Tanner Korotkin has a lovely rhythm to the canter over the first few, and he was very bold to the hand-gallop at 5, but his horse swapped the last stride. He did a flying change to the counter lead to 7, then a simple change through the walk to Fence 9. His trot jump was nice. He was the first to really lay it down with some bold moves.

3rd - Caroline Passarelli added a stride in the one-stride in-and-out at 3AB, then was a bit conservative in her hand-gallop to 5. She switched to the counter-canter through the walk before both Fence 7 and Fence 9, where the first two riders had done flying changes. She jumped the wall fine.

2nd - Yasmin Rizvi was a bit conservative in the hand-gallop to Fence 5 but had a lovely first half of the course. Her trot jump was good, but she had some cross-canter lead issues in the turn from Fence 9 to 10. She also had a hard rub at the ASPCA wall at 11.

1st – Chloe Wilkenfeld got a shade deep to Fence 2. She really accelerated around the turn to 5 for the hand-gallop, but then eased off and got conservative. She then had two stops at the log trot jump to take her out of the running.


 

Here’s the course for Round 2…

The ASPCA stone wall that caused a few problems for riders in Round 1 is the last jump today, and it’s set at the in-gate end of the ring off a bending line and has no standards or rails—just the wall surrounded by bushes and ferns. That might surprise a few horses.

The judges want the riders to hand-gallop Fence 5, which is a very airy, narrow, wingless oxer of white rails. They also need to counter-canter Fence 7, a wide, airy white vertical set across the diagonal. There’s also a log trot jump.


 

And we have a jump order for Round 2 of the ASPCA Maclay Final—one that reflects that Madison Goetzmann moved up to the top spot, while Jordyn Rose Freedman moved down to second. Grady Lyman moved up from seventh to third.

ROUND 2 JUMP ORDER

Chloe Wilkenfeld
Yasmin Rizvi
Caroline Passarelli
Tanner Korotkin
Elizabeth McKim
Natalie Jayne
Hannah Doherty
Emma Crosbie
Katherine Dash
Madeline Schaefer
Samantha Cohen
Natalie Stoyko
Daisy Farish
Abigail Brayman
Taylor St. Jacques
Cooper Dean
Alexandra Pielet
Annabel Revers
Ellie Ferrigno
Alexandra Worthington
Coco Fath
Paige Matthies
Grady Lyman
Jordyn Rose Freedman
Madison Goetzmann

We’re underway with the flat phase of the ASPCA Maclay Final! There are three groups scheduled, made up of the 25 riders on the standby from Round 1 (Need to read all about the Round 1 action on Nov. 4 CLICK!).

The groups are:

The judges, Bernie Traurig and Ralph Caristo, are giving the riders quite a test in the flat phase. They’re requesting working and extended trot, sitting working trot, working, collected and lengthened canter, a gallop, counter-canter and a flying change right in front of the judges’ table.

They also asked for work with dropped stirrups—sitting trot, sitting lengthened trot, working trot rising

In Group B, Alexandra Pielet really stepped on the gas when the judges called for a gallop. Cooper Dean’s horse occasionally falls behind the vertical, but his position on the flat is quite lovely. Samantha Cohen’s leg gets a hair loose in the work without stirrups. Taylor St. Jacques’ flatwork really stands out—Charisma’s frame is steady and she presents an elegant picture. She also shows clear differences between the working, collected and lengthened gaits.

In Group C, Coco Fath has a lot of trot to handle on Class Action—he’s got a lot of spring to his step. She does a lovely job keeping him forward and relaxed. Jordyn Rose Freedman presents a lovely picture on the horse, and her leggy horse is relaxed and steady in his frame. Madison Goetzmann really goes for it in the gallop aboard San Remo VDL.  Alexandra Worthington’s horse looks a bit fussy in the contact.

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