Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

2016 ASPCA Maclay Final Commentary

We're here in Lexington, Ky., yet again for the ASPCA Maclay Final, where 176 of the country's top junior riders aspire to win one of the most elusive equitation titles. 

We'll try and post every 10 riders or so, with updates on how the course is riding, who has done well, who hasn't, etc. Please don't expect an account of every rider's trip, but we'll try to keep you up-to-date! Scroll down to see the most recent posting. 

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We’re here in Lexington, Ky., yet again for the ASPCA Maclay Final, where 176 of the country’s top junior riders aspire to win one of the most elusive equitation titles. 

We’ll try and post every 10 riders or so, with updates on how the course is riding, who has done well, who hasn’t, etc. Please don’t expect an account of every rider’s trip, but we’ll try to keep you up-to-date! Scroll down to see the most recent posting. 

Disclaimer:  We’re providing this as a service to those who are interested, and we’re just recording our observations. We’re not judges, just reporters who have watched the Medal Finals in their entirety for the past 15 years. You may not agree with our notes, and that’s fine—we’re not putting them out there as the authoritative word, but as information for those interested. That said, read on!

We have the order of go, course description, maps and photo and all the other essential information here.

They’re setting up for awards, so there will be no further testing today! We’ll be back with the results as soon as they announce them. 

10. Lucy Deslauriers

9. Madison Goetzmann

8. Grace Boston

7. Katherine Bundy

6. Sophie Simpson

5. Jordyn Rose Freedman

4. Brian Moggre

3. TJ O’Mara

2. Taylor St Jacques

1. Hunter Holloway

The second jumping round

Taylor Chevalier is the first rider to tackle today’s course, meaning she’s sitting 30th after this morning’s flat phase. This course asks riders to trot a fence (11), and counter-canter two fences (10 and 12). They start off with a triple bar that was also used yesterday. She comes into 1 a little slow and gets just a tiny bit underneath it. She does five strides in the line between 2 and 3. Her horse chips into the skinny rail at 4. The triple at 6abc goes well. He does three strides between the airy rails at 8 and 9. She walks to swap to the counter leap for fence 10, which he gets a little close to. They finish by holding the counter-canter well to 12. 

Hayden Stewart gets a nice jump over fence 1 and the line between 2 and 3. The triple looks easy for her, and she gets a BIG jump over fence 7. Her horse gets a little deep to the airy rail at 8, and she also does that line in three. She finishes by easily holding the counter-canter to the final fence. Overall smooth, just the deep distance to 8. Katherine Benard has a bold jump over 1. She gets six strides in the line between 2 and 3, getting a bit deep to 3. She walks to get the counter-canter after 8 and 9, has a nice jump over 10. Nice trot jump, lands the counter-canter after and holds the lead, just gets a bit deep to 12. 

Michael Williamson easily does the five between 2 and 3, has a good jump over fence 4. Hits the triple combination just right and has a good time through there—that’s ridden well for everyone so far today. He gets a rub to the oxer at 10, lands the inside lead after the trot and does a simple change to the counter-canter, finishing with a nice jump over 12. Briley Koerner takes a different line to 1 than anyone else has so far and has a good jump there, but she gets a swap off before fence 3. She does three between 8 and 9, gets underneath 9 a bit. Her horse spooks during the simple change before 10, and then stutters at the trot jump before doing a simple change to the counter lead and jumping 12. He does swap off right before 12. 

Elli Yeager comes in with a nice, forward pace, gets a good shot to 1. She does five strides between 2 and 3 but gets long to 3 and has an awkward jump there. She has a bobble after the line of 8 and 9 (which went really well for her!) while getting the counter lead. She walks to get the counter-canter to 12, holds it well up and over the fence. Abigail Brayman’s big grey horse has a lovely jump over 1. He easily does the five between 2 and 3 and has a good shot over 4 too. Triple combination is nice. She fits in a quiet three between 8 and 9 and does a flying change through the turn to get the counter-canter for 10. He stutters a bit before trot jump, gets the counter-lead and jumps the last great. Really nice round with just the small error at the trot fence. 

Michelle Mallett gets deep at fence 1 and then a little deep again at 5, but the fences in between went well for her. She walks to get the counter lead before 10 and has the rail there. She has a good trip to the final fence after doing a simple change before that and a nice trot fence. Rachael Davis gets a good shot to the first 3 and then she has a good trip through the triple combination too. She doesn’t get the counter-canter to fence 10 and then gets underneath it. She does a simple change to 12 after a slight disagreement with her mount about doing a flying change.

Giavanna Rinaldi is very polished over 1, 2, 3 and 4. The triple combination goes well for her too. She has to work a bit to squeeze three strides between 8 and 9. She does a simple change before 10 and then again before 12. Nice last jump. Grace Boston comes in with a nice pace, and her course is very flowing. A little rub at the last fence of the triple combination. She does a nice flying change before 10 after having a tidy three strides between 8 and 9. Nice ride over the last too after landing the counter-canter from the trot jump. 

Emma Marlowe swaps off before fence 1 and spooks at it a bit. The line between 2 and 3 goes well for her. She gets a tiny bit deep to fence 9 in the three-stride line. Does a simple change before 10 but lands the counter lead after the trot fence and holds it to the last. Sophie Simpson is another to approach the first fence from the left lead off the turn. She has a good ride through the triple combination. Very tidy between 8 and 9, does a simple change before 10, which she gets a little deep to. Smooth final line and fence. 

Eliza Month does a more inside turn to 2 and gets a smidgen deep there. She lands the counter lead after 9 and holds it through the tight turn—very fancy! Rhian Murphy’s horse gets a little crooked in the line between 2 and 3, but it goes otherwise well for her. She does a flying change before 10 but does get deep there afterwards. The last jump is lovely. 

Jordyn Rose Freedman has a nice pace to 1, and it is a lovely jump. She makes 2, 3 and 4 look easy. The triple combination too. She does a simple change for the counter lead before 10 and lands it after the trot jump. Smooth and polished trip overall. Katherine Strauss’ mount takes a big jump over 1, gets a little long to fence 3 in the five-stride line. She does a flying chance before 10 and holds it to the jump and then another flying before 12, which is nice. 

Samantha Cohen has a lovely trip through the triple combination after easily getting the five between 2 and 3. She goes towards the outer edge of the bending line at 8 and 9 to get the three, and then does a flying change before 10. She misses the flying change the first time before fence 12, having to do that simple and then gets a hard rub at the last. Kaitlyn Lovingfoss has a nice line between 2 and 3 and then gets a little underneath 5. She does 8 to 9 very tidily and then missing the flying change before 10 and jumps it off the true lead. She does a simple change before 12. 

Cooper Dean has a swap before 4 and a messy jump over after having to gallop a bit to get five strides between 2 and 3. He has to squeeze in the three between 8 and 9 but does a very active flying change before 10 and then has to try a couple of times to get the flying before 12. His last jump goes well. Katherine Bundy has a super jump over 1. The line between 2 and 3 and then fence 4 are nice too. Nice shot through the triple combination. Does a simple change before 10 and then again before 12 after getting a canter step before the trot jump. Overall polished round.

Madison Goetzmann has a good starting fence and a nice trip through the first line. Triple combination goes well for her. Does a tidy three between 8 and 9 and then a flying change before 10. She gets a good shot to the last after landing the counter lead from the trot fence. Eve Jobs has a beautiful and flowing trip through the triple combination. (No one’s having problems there today. She has an awkward moment between fences when the horse briefly spooks and swaps. Does the simple change before fence 10, but lands the counter lead before 12 and holds it.  

Kendra Gierkink has to gallop on a bit to get the five strides between 2 and 3. Her horse stops at fence 9, and she falls off. She’s up and fine!

TJ O’Mara, who’s already won two major equitation finals this fall, heads in next. He’s sitting sixth right now. He gets a good shot to 1, makes 2, 3 and 4 look easy. Polished through the triple combination. Easily does the three between 8 and 9 and then a flying change before 10. He’s one of the few to get not even a light rub at that oxer. Lands the counter lead after the trot fence and has a beautiful ride over the last. Extremely nice round! 

Annabel Revers looks polished through the first part of the course, very smooth. Really slices fence 7, and then gets deep to 9 after doing the three strides there. A flying change before 10. Lands the counter lead after the trot fence and has a nice final fence. Taylor St Jacques jumps the first fence off the left lead off the turn. Has a nice ride through the line at 2 to 3, polished through the triple combination. Lands the counter lead after 9 and has a little bit of an awkward turn to get around the tight part, but she does it! Nice final fence too after holding the counter lead from the trot jump. 

Hunter Holloway is starting today’s round in third. She carries a bold pace to 1, has an easy time getting the five from 2 to 3. The triple combination goes well. BIG jump over 7. She steadies for the quiet three, lands the counter lead after 9 and holds it easily! Does a flying change before 12 and jumps that well. 

Brian Moggre, sitting second, jumps 1 nicely. Moves up to a bit of a long distance at fence 2, but then the five strides there comes easily. Tidy through the triple combination with just a light rub jumping out at c. Does a flying change after fence 9, goes to 10 nicely. Does a flying change after not the trot fence after not landing the counter lead. He does a nice flying change and takes the last with a light rub. 

Lucy Deslauriers gets a good shot to 1, very smooth from 2 to 3. He gets a little deep to fence 5a but the rest works out for them. Tidy between 8 and 9, and then she does a flying change before 10. A light rub over that one. She does another flying before 12, which she nails. We’ll see what happens next!

1:36 p.m. Here’s the order-of-go for the second round. Riders are returning in reverse order of current standing.

Taylor Chevalier

Hayden Stewart

Katherine Benard

Michael Williamson

Briley Koerner

Elli Yeager

Abigail Brayman

Michelle Mallett

Rachael Davis

Giavanna Rinaldi 

Grace Boston

Emma Marlowe 

Sophie Simpson

Eliza Month

Rhian Murphy

Jordyn Rose Freedman

Katherine Strauss

Samantha Cohen

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss 

Cooper Dean

Katherine Bundy 

Madison Goetzmann 

Eve Jobs

Kendra Gierkink

TJ O’Mara

Annabel Revers

Taylor St Jacques 

Hunter Holloway

Brian Moggre

Lucy Deslauriers

1:28 p.m. The course for the second round of jumping is set. This is what the 30 riders will tackle:

Course 2

The flat phase begins today (Sunday) at 1 p.m.  Riders are being asked to do the usual walk, trot and canter, and then lengthen stride at the trot and canter and sit the trot. 

Here are the three flat groups:

FIRST GROUP

Hunter Holloway

Lucy Deslauriers 

Taylor St Jacques

TJ O’Mara

Eve Jobs

Brian Moggre 

Annabel Revers

Eliza Month

Cooper Dean

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss 

SECOND GROUP

Grace Boston

Katherine Strauss 

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Sophie Simpson 

Kendra Gierkink

Rhian Murphy 

Emma Marlowe 

Giavanna Rinaldi 

Madison Goetzmann 

Michelle Mallett 

Samantha Cohen

THIRD GROUP

Jordyn Rose Freedman

Rachael Davis

Michael Williamson

Katherine Bundy 

Taylor Chevalier 

Briley Koerner 

Katherine Bernard 

Hayden Stewart

Elli Yeager

Abigail Brayman

Here’s the final standby of 30 riders for tomorrow’s flat phase and jumping:

89 Brian Moggre

14 Lucy Deslauriers

8 Hunter Holloway

20 Taylor St. Jacques

113 Cooper Dean

76 Eve Jobs

99 Anabell Revers

112 Eliza Month

21 TJ O’Mara

155 Kaitlyn Lovingfoss

92 Kendra Giernkink

11 Grace Boston

149 Emma Marlowe

152 Giavanna Rinaldi

30 Katherine Strauss

158 Madison Goetzmann

110 Rhian Murphy

163 Michelle Mallett

32 Sophie Simpson

174 Samantha Cohen

15 Rachael Davis

60 Katherine Bundy

7 Jordyn Rose Freedman

128 Hayden Stewart 

51 Michael Williamson

165 Abigail Brayman

160 Elli Yeager

124 Katherine Benard

118 Briley Koemer

75 Taylor Chevalier

COVERAGE FROM SATURDAY’S ROUND 1 OF JUMPING

Riders 1-10

Maria Hackney is the first rider in the ring today! Her horse is a little spooky coming in the ring, and he has a rub and the log rail down at 1 and then 2. She jumps 3 from a trot and then gets a stop at 4. But they pick up momentum as they go, but they do get one final stop at the arched brush. Paige Matthies has a confident trip over the first several on her lovely grey, but then she adds a stride in the one-stride from 3a to 3b. She finishes nicely.

Natalie Jayne comes into the line at 3a and b with a lot of step, and she easily gets the one there. She gets a long spot at fence 7, and then takes down the wall at 8. She has a rail at the last fence. Isabella Russekoff gets the two strides between 3a and b, but she nails the next one-stride at 5ab. Her horse swaps off before the skinny wall at 8. They finish with a lovely jump over the last.
Olivia Woodson has a rail at 3a, and then she gets an awkward jump out of that line. The rest of the track goes well for her. Elizabeth Ekberg carries a lot of pace into 3ab, and it goes well for her. They have a miscommunication about the turn to 5ab (it’s a TIGHT turn off the wall), and she has the rail of b down. 

Jordyn Rose Freedman has a lovely ride into 3ab, and the horse just taps a behind and has the rail down. She’s riding really nicely forward and confident. Besides the rail and a swap off before the skinny wall at 8, that was very nice. 

Hunter Holloway is a top junior rider, and she had the very unfortunate experience of going off course here last year. She gets the one-stride in 3ab easily, and the rest flows beautifully! I’d imagine we’ll likely see her again this weekend. Grady Lyman has a hard rub at 3a, but she’s really tackling this track with a lot of step, and it’s going well for her. She gets a tiny bit deep at the oxer at 7, and then she finishes nicely. 

Jake Wasson adds in the one-stride line at 3, and he’s another who gets the swap off before the skinny wall at 8. 

Riders 11-20

Grace Boston has a rail off the oxer at fence 3a. They gain confidence as they go around and finish well though. Caroline Weaver is riding a beautiful dapple grey horse. They get deep to 2, and then he runs out at 3b. She gets through on the second try with two strides in there. (If you’re looking for the bogey combination today, fence 3ab is it!) Nina Columbia rides confidently through 3ab. The horse spooks a bit in the turn before 5ab, but their last fences are very nice. 

Lucy Deslauriers is another top junior, and she makes 3ab look easy. A very light rub over the oxer at 9, but that’s another really good trip. Rachael Davis has a solid trip, she just gets a tiny bit deep to a couple of fences.

Summer Hill has an awkward trip through fence 3ab, taking the rail at a and doing the two in there. Her horse swaps off before the oxer at 7. 

Julia Tait was our One To Watch. (Read more about her here!) She gets the two strides in 3ab, and then they pick up a stop at fence 5a. They get it on the second try. The rest goes nicely for them though. Allison Zimmerman gets the rail down on 3a, and they also pull the rail at 5a. They get deep at the vertical at 6. She has a nice ride over the last few though. The last oxer is very square, and the horses are all jumping it super. 

Rylee Shufelt has a late lead change in the first turn, but she has one of the best trips we’ve seen so far through 3ab. Then they get a stop at 5a. They finish confidently. Taylor St. Jacques has a beautiful ride through 3ab and a nice trip through 5ab too. They get a swap off before 8, but the rest was really very nice. 

Here’s what the ring looks like this morning. George Morris has already called this one of the best courses he’s seen for a final. 

Riders 21-30

T.J. O’Mara has already won two major equitation finals this year. Can he win a third? He has the rail at 3a after a really nice pace heading into there and then a good jump out. We’ll have to see what the judges do about that. Can’t find fault with anything else in that trip! Very smooth and polished.   

Natalie Stoyko’s horse adds in the one-stride at 3ab. Otherwise a confident trip around for them. Luella Lopresti also adds in the 3ab one-stride, and her horse has the rail off the oxer there, and then the rail at 5b too with an awkward line there. They get deep to 7 and 8. Juliette Joseph rides really confidently into 3ab, and the horse hesitates just slightly off the ground, but they get it done. She has the rail at 5a after an awkward turn to that line, and then they have the rail at 7, an oxer, too. Their last couple jumps are beautiful. 

Tyler Petrie hunts the distance to 3a, and she gets the one-stride in there. She has a swap in the line between 7 and 8, but it’s an otherwise solid round. Sarah Boral has a confident pace coming in. She gets maybe a little too quick to 3a and has the rail down there. They barely get the three strides between 7 and 8, and then she has a wild ride to the oxer at 9 after that, but they get it done. 

Skyler Fields is another who gets the one-stride at 3ab done, and then she has a nice ride through 5ab. She moves up wisely to the last, and it’s an overall solid round for her. Alexa Schwartz has a tough ride through 3ab when the horse enters cross-cantering and has the rail down at a. The rest is polished. 

Jessica Sanders rides well through 3ab and 5ab, making those both look good. Overall smooth and polished trip, though they do miss the change at the very end of the round. Katherine Strauss doesn’t carry as much pace as some coming into 3, but it still goes well for her. Her round is overall very smooth, and I suspect we’ll see her again this weekend. 

Riders 31-40

Caroline Dance has the rail at 5a and a swap before 8. Sophie Simpson was just second at the USET Finals (N.J.) several weeks ago. She’s very smooth through 3 and the combination at 5. Her trip is overall lovely, but she does miss the lead change at the very end; not sure if they’ll do anything with that. 

Coco Fath gets 3ab done well, and she has one of the smoothes trips through 5ab we’ve seen, but then she gets deep to the vertical at 6. Otherwise really nice! Peyton Warren is carrying a nice pace, and the course is flowing well for her. She does get a swap off before 8. Lanie Walkenbach gets deep to 5a, and then the horse adds a stride in there. They have a miscommunication about the distance before the oxer at 9, but she has a smooth ride over the last. 

Sophie Michaels misses her lead change after fence 1, and then the horse stops at the b element of 3. They slide over the second time. They gather confidence as they continue and finish well. Phoebe Alwine gets a stitch deep to fence 1, and she swaps off before 7. They end on a good note. Emma Callanan gets 3ab done, but she has a rub at fence 4. She also gets a swap off before 8. She gives her horse lots of pats walking out. 

Haylee Hall’s horse stops at fence 1 several times, and she walks out. Emma Giovannucci gets a stop at fence 2 the first time, but she catches it on the second try. He then stops at fence 3a, and she is eliminated. 

Riders 41-50

Raleigh Hiler comes in with a confident step, but she gets the rail off fence 3a. She also gets the swap before 8. She finishes well. Emma Fletcher has the rail at fence 3a as well, but she does get the one stride in there. Her horse stops at fence 5a. They jump through confidently, but then the rider goes off course. 

Melissa Deryn Foster is yet another rider who has the rail at 3a, and then she gets a little discombobulated before 4, but she gets it together and jumps that fine. They get a swap before the second-to-last. Emma Kurtz is riding the very famous equitation horse Clearway. She has a rub at 3a, but it stays up. They miscommunicate about the distance to 5a, and they have that rail down. 

Amanda Atkins gets a bit deep to fence 1, and they add in the one-stride at 3. She has a few stops at fence 4, and they are eliminated. Darby Albanese gets a little deep to 1, and she has a hard rub at 4 and 5b. The rest is smooth. 

Naomi Houillon’s horse adds in the one-stride at 3 and then crashes through the wall at b. They get it the second time and finish without further incident. Kathryn Hall adds a stride in fence 3 but is otherwise polished. 

Grace Jackson rides forward to get the one-stride distance at fence 3, but she does have a swap off before 8 (happening a lot in that line!). Adelaide Toensing’s horse hesitates before he leaves the ground in one stride between 3a and b, but he does it! He swaps off before 8 too, but they finish with a smooth final fence. 

Riders 51-60

West Coast rider Michael Williamson has the rail at 3a in what was an otherwise confident and smooth trip. Liana Brown has fence 3a down, and then a stop at fence 4. They pick up another stop at b of fence 5, and she is eliminated. 

Erika Jakobson starts her course carrying a nice pace, but she gets a bit deep to 2, and then the horse stops at 3b. They get it on the second try, but they are then eliminated with a stop at fence 5a. Olivia Bloch has an overall polished round.

Samantha Peck’s horse pulls the rail at fence 3a and then stops at b. She gets it done the second time by adding a stride, but then he stops out at 4. Samantha Lombardo is another of our riders who pull the rail at 3a, but they get the one-stride. They get very deep to the oxer at 9 and have that rail. 

Addison Piper gets the one-stride into fence 3, but her horse jumps fence 3b huge! The rest is smooth. Rose Kauffman-Skloff comes to the first fence off the right lead. She easily jumps through 3ab and 5ab. They have a miscommunication about leaving the ground for the last, and they crash through it, but Rose stays on! She pats him on the way out. 

Shannon Eckel’s horse hesitates about the first fence. They have a little bit of a hairy trip through 3 but get it done, and the same with fence 5ab. Katherine Bundy has a beautiful trip through fence 3ab, carrying a nice pace. She does get a hard rub at 4 right after that though, and they have a swap before 8. Otherwise a good round.

We’re on a short drag break now, and we’ll be back after that! 

Here’s your first standby after the first 60 riders:

Lucy Deslauriers

Hunter Holloway

Taylor St. Jacques

T.J. O’Mara

Grace Boston

Katherine Strauss

Sophie Simpson

Rachael Davis

Katherine Bundy

Jordyn Rose Freedman

Michael Williamson 

Olivia Bloch

Jessica Sanders 

Nina Columbia

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Riders 61-70

Maya Mayyar has a nice, forward trip, just pulling the rail at fence 3a and having a swap off before fence 8. Though as we’ve seen from the first standby, riders with the rail at 3 are getting through. Isabella Littlejohn has a rail at 3a, and then the horse runs out at 3b. He runs out again at 5a before being eliminated. 

Jessica Stone gets a little deep to fence 1. She gets a stop at fence 3a. They do it nicely the second time, but he stops at 4 and is eliminated. Meghan Knapic gets a tiny bit deep to 2, but she does 3 and 5 beautifully. The rest went well. 

Cayla Fisher’s horse doesn’t want to go to fence 1, but she gets him to it. They have a little bit of an awkward ride to fence 4; it looks like the horse was spooking at the fence a bit. They do have a swap before 8 but finish confidently. 

Mitchell Endicott’s horse stops at 3b, and he unfortunately falls off. He’s up and fine though. Natalie Templeton comes in with a lovely pace. They do 3ab nicely. They get a little deep to fence 5a and have that rail down. They also have the rail off the last fence, the square oxer. 

Lolly McLellan has the rail and 3a and then adds in that line. They get 5ab nicely though before having an awkward distance to the second-to-last. 

Amanda Shaw has a stop at fence 3a and then 4, and they are eliminated. Lily McKenna comes in with a confident pace and 3 happens easily for her. They have a little bobble before the line at 5ab—looked like the horse was just surprised to see it there—and a swap before fence 8. 

Riders 71-80

Madison Busey gets deep to 3, has the rail, and then the horse stops at b. He stops at that a second time, and she is eliminated. Jaden Olson gets a few slightly awkward spots but overall smooth. Siabel Harbour has the rail at 3a and gets a little deep to fence 6. She’s another ride with a swap off before 8. She finishes confidently though. 

Kevin Apicella gets fence 3ab done in one stride, but then he has rails at 5a and 5b. Taylor Chevalier has an overall solid trip with just a few light rubs. Eve Jobs rides very confidently through 3ab, and it’s smooth, same for 5ab. That’s a nice, confident round! Megan Champoux has the rail at 3a, and then does two strides in there. They finish with some smooth final fences. 

Elizabeth Husak’s horse climbs through 3a, and she falls off. But she is fine! She leads him out. 

Paige Junker’s horse is in a D-ring snaffle and no martingale. She does 3ab very nicely, but then they miss the turn to fence 5ab, and they have to circle. Brooke Brombach gets deep to 3a, and then they add to b. They have plenty of polished fences though.

Riders 81-90

Annalise Reed adds to fence 3b, and he jumps out awkwardly. He stops at 5b, and Annalise nearly comes off, but she saves it! He stops at 5a the next time, and they are eliminated. Fiona Steinmetz picks up a stop at 3a. They also pick up a stop at the second-to-last, and they are eliminated. Mary Elizabeth Cordia’s horse stops at 5a, and they do it the second time. Their last few fences are very smooth. 

Brooke Lutzi has a rough ride through 3ab, and then he stops at the second-to-last. They finish up the course though. Kathryn Kramer has the rail at 3a, and then her horse stops at 5a. The second time through goes well for them. Their last several fences are smooth. 

Asha Jain picks up a stop at fence 2 and then 3b, and they are eliminated. Lucy Heaton picks up a stop at 3b, and then she has the rail off a the second time. A stop at fence 4 eliminates her. 

Rachel Rothenberg has a stop at fence 5a, and they take down the arched wall at the second-to-last fence. Brian Moggre rides confidently through the combination at 3ab and then 5ab too, looking very polished. A really nice trip for him, suspect he’ll be back towards the top. Sophia Pilla rides smoothly through 3ab, and her horse takes a giant leap over fence 4. Overall a solid trip.  

Riders 91-100

Louisa Brackett has the rail at 3a but gets the one stride in there. The rest is very polished. Kendra Gierkink comes in with a great pace, and the one-stride at 3ab looks easy. They have a light rub jumping into 5a. The rest is lovely. Savannah Andrews’ lovely grey horse has a slight hesitation before leaving the ground at 5a, and he swaps off a few times in the line before 8. They finish nicely. 

Catalina Peralta gets a flier into 3a, but they do one stride in there. Their last bending line is solid. Ella Bostwick has to push to get the one in the 3ab line, but she does it, the same with 5ab. She’s carries a nice forward step through the course. 

Sara McCloskey rides with poise through her course, just one slightly miscommunication about when to leave the ground before 9. Claire Azar gets deep to fence 2, and then they scramble through 3ab a bit. They pick up a stop at 5a when they just don’t quite get the turn. A second stop, at 5b, eliminates them. 

Hallie Grimes gets a stop at 3b. She then returns to just 3b, and she is eliminated for being off course. Annabel Revers makes 3ab look very easy, same with 5ab. She has just a swap off before 8 but otherwise really smooth round. Kelsey Allen (our 100th rider of the day!) is next. A little awkward through 3ab but gets it down before having a stop at 4. Then they have a stop at 5a and are eliminated. 

Riders 101-110

Taylor Griffiths and her mount Lego doing the one-stride at 3ab and then the one at 5ab smoothly. They have a rub at 7 and then the horse stops at the second-to-last fence, 10. She gets through the second time and finishes without further incident. Emily MacLean’s horse hesitates before 3b and almost adds there, but then he leaves the ground. Other than that one moment, they have a nice round. 

Carly Alder chips to fence 2 and adds in the one-stride line. Haley Redifer’s horse stops at fence 3b, but they get through the second time. They finish without further incident. Isabella Baxter gets slightly under 2, but they jump through 3ab easily. This is a big-moving, rangy chestnut horse, and they finish very elegantly. 

Camryn Halley starts out boldly, and they do a nice job through 3 and 5. They have a swap off before 8 and a rail at the last, but it was an overall forward-going trip. Carly Hoft has a nice trip through both of the one-stride combinations, and she puts in an overall really solid trip. 

Yasmin Rizvi rides boldly to fence 3ab and gets it done. She had a swap before 7 but really smooth trip. Emma Dubinsky gets deep to fence 2 and then gets a runout at 3b. They do it the second time with two strides in there. Rhian Murphy’s horse swaps before 3a, but they do the one there. They have another swap before 8 but finish their last jumps nicely.  

Riders 111-120

Samantha Wight has a tough time through 3ab, pulling most of 3a down. They also have a rail at fence 9. Eliza Month puts in a nice, flowing trip. 

Cooper Dean comes in with a forward, confident pace, and he has a great ride through 3ab and 5ab. Really nice round, and I bet we’ll see him again! Olivia Darnell’s horse is very bright-eyed as he tours the ring, a lot to look at in the Alltech today. She makes a bit of a move up to 2, but gets 3ab done nicely. She carries a forward pace for the rest of the round and finishes nicely.

Jennifer Lanoha gets a bit deep to 2, and deep again to 3a before a run-out at the b element. She does 3ab quite nicely on second attempt, and gets the one stride done well. Swap off at 8, but gets through the S curve and finishes nicely. Elizabeth Mckim and her very lovely bay horse have a smooth trip around the track. Frannie Twohig gets an awkward leap over fence 1 and then misses fence 3b the first time. She gets it the second try. They have a rough ride through 5ab, taking the rail on the a jump, and then they have a rail at 9 and 11, the last. 

Briley Koemer has a swap off before 8 when the horse gets just a little tight there but is otherwise smooth. Jordan Allen chips into 5a, and the horse pulls that rail and adds in the line. Their last line is very nice. 

Emma Crosbie doesn’t get the turn to 5ab done the first time, and then her horse is being a little naughty about going to it. They are eliminated.

We’re on another drag break! Back in about 10 minutes. 

The second standby list is up: 

89  Brian Moggre

14 Lucy Deslauriers

8 Hunter Holloway

20 Taylor St. Jacques

113 Cooper Dean

76 Eve Jobs

99 Anabell Revers

112 Eliza Month

21 TJ O’Mara

92 Kendra Giernkink

11 Grace Boston

30 Katherine Strauss

110 Rhian Murphy

32 Sophie Simpson

15 Rachael Davis

60 Katherine Bundy

7 Jordyn Rose Freedman

51 Michael Williamson

118 Briley Koemer

75 Taylor Chevalier

54 Olivia Boch

91 Louisa Brackett

29 Jessica Sanders

107 Carly Hoft

105 Isabella Baxter

13 Nina Columbia 

Riders 121-130

Abigail Russo got a little deep to 2, had a rail at 5a after jumping 3ab nicely. They finish up well. Emma Wujek has a stop at 3a and then at 3b the second time through. She is eliminated.

Parker Wright’s horse is looking very keen today, and he jumps huge over 4. He gets a swap off before 8 and 10, but they finish well. 

Katherine Benard gets a little deep to 6 and then swaps off before 8. Overall nice and positive ride though. Catherine Apostol’s horse is a little spooky coming into the Alltech; they have a really smooth ride through 3ab. A couple of swaps but they finish nicely forward. 

Victoria Press and her mount get through 3ab in one but Victoria gets popped a little loose there.   They finish up well. Phoebe Backman has a rough trip through 3ab, but they do it in one and 5ab goes really well. A couple of swaps later on course, but their last jump is really nice. 

Hayden Stewart makes 3ab look easy, and the same goes for 5ab. A swap off before 8, but their last bending line is lovely. Ellyn Fritz is on Lolita, one of the few mares here today! She clocks through 3ab and 5ab nicely. They get a looooong spot to 7 but make it work. Their last line is nice. 

Hannah Dodd has a stop at fence 1 and then a stop at fence 2, and they are eliminated. 

Riders 131-140

Kayla Lott gets a good, bold spot to fence 1. They get 3ab in one stride and then have a swap before 8. Otherwise solid trip. Katie Eppinger has a rough ride through 3ab, but they sort it out and continue on to have a stop at 5a before doing it successfully the second time. Their last fences go well.

Mimi Gochman has the rail at 3a but jumps out really well. They get just a bit tight to the oxer at 9. Nice round for this young junior rider. Hannah Coleman’s horse shies off fence 2 but she gets him over. He stops at 3b twice and is eliminated.

Madeline Schaefer adds in the one-stride combination at 3. The rest is really very nice though!Lillian Kirbo’s horse isn’t sure about the Alltech ring today. They get a little deep to fence 2 but make the one-stride happen at 3. They do 5ab beautifully and then get under 10 before finishing well. 

Alexa Aureliano has a great ride through 3ab and then gets a bit tight to 4. The rest is confident and forward-going. Emma Glaunert gets a perfect trip from 2 to 3ab, and then she doesn’t quite make the turn to 5a and has a stop there. They get through the second time. A shame because otherwise that was really nice!

Josey Walker picks up a stop at 3b, and then he stops again at 4. They are eliminated. Elizabeth Bailey jumps nicely through 3ab, and then has a big jump over 4. They get a long spot to fence 7. 

Riders 141-150

Ransome Rombauer has a runout at fence 3b, with the horse trying to jump the tree on the side of the wall. They nail it the second time. The rest is very nice! Avery Albanese comes in with a bold step. They really tackle the track. 

Megan Hilton is on an elegant nearly black horse. They have the rail at 3a, but they’re another pair really tackling this course on a forward stride. She finishes with a lovely bending line and final oxer. 

Alexandra Pielet rides through 3ab and to 4 very professionally. Her horse takes a big jump over 7, but they still get the three strides nice before 8. Overall polished round. Abigail Grace Kelly gets a tiny bit deep to 2 with an awkward jump there. They pick up momentum as they continue around, just getting deep to 10 too. Cole Battershall comes in quick to 5ab and has the rail off the second element. They miss a lead change at the far end before finishing with a nice final oxer.

Sydney Hutchins does the two strides in 3ab after a polished start to her course. She does 5ab beautifully, and they finish well. Ericka Koscinski has a perfect trip through 3ab. Things get a little hairy between 7 and 8, and her horse peeks at 10. 

Emma Marlowe’s horse hesitates before leaving the ground at 3a, but they get through that line unscathed. They finish with a nice final bending line and then oxer. Brooke Deschamps gets deep to fence 2 and then picks up a stop at 3b. Another stop there, and they are eliminated.

Riders 151-160

Olivia Hazelwood is up next on the aptly-named keen-looking Let’s Go. They add a stride in 3ab. She has a swap before 8, and then horse pats the ground before fence 10. 

Giavanna Rinaldi’s round is clean and polished with just the swap before fence 8. Trinity Hammerschmidt has a solid trip, but they pull the rail at fence 9 and get a little discombobulated before 10. Katie Pelzel, who also rides reining horses, has a late change in the turn before fence 2 and then a stop at fence 3a. A stop at 3b the second time through eliminates them. 

Kaitlyn Lovingfoss gets a little close to 1, but she does 3ab really positively. They finish well. Kathleen Harrigan’s horse fits two strides into the one-stride at 3ab, and then they get close to the last fence. Camille Leblond is a scratch today. 

Madison Goetzmann does 3ab beautifully and 5ab as well. Quite smooth, and I think we’ll probably see her again. Maverick Helmer comes in a positive stride, and he takes a huge leap over 4, which is a triple bar, and then they get two swaps before fence 8. A quite professional trip otherwise.  

Elli Yeager jumps through 3ab smoothly, and they have a swap before 8 and a rail at 9.

Riders 161-170

Kaitlyn Williams has a little bit of a tight spot at fence 1, and then they have an awkward trip through 3ab and a miscommunication about fence 10. Raleigh Cerre gets the one-stride at fence 3ab, but she has the rail off 5a. Her horse spooks at fence 10, and Raleigh almost comes off, but she saves it! He stops again, and she’s eliminated. 

Michelle Mallett gets a nice ride through 3ab and 5ab, and she also finishes beautifully. Very solid trip with a forward ride to the last oxer. Kara Saladino has a stop at 5a, and she falls off. She’s up and walking off right away, and someone caught her horse.

Abigail Brayman makes 3ab look easy, and the same with 5ab. Very solid round. Brooke van Nortwick picks up a stop at 3b, knocking down the wall. They make it through the second time but stop out at 5a and are eliminated. 

Ada Rohan has a little bit of a tentative jump through the first few, but they gain confidence as they go around and finish well. Lauren Taylor’s horse looks a little spooky heading in. He’s tentative jumping through fence 3ab, but they do the one stride there. They crash through fence 10 before finishing nicely over the last oxer. 

Carolina Crossfield gets a little quick before 3ab but makes it through that without error. They get a hard rub at 9 but finish up well. Gabrielle Bendall has a stop at fence 3b. They get it the second time. He thinks twice about fence 10 but jumps it!

Riders 171-176

Raegan Rast’s horse Peter Pan famously goes with his tongue out, and he’s doing it today too. They add a stride in 3ab, gets close to 4 and 6, and then has a stop at fence 7 and a stop at the last to get eliminated. Darby Pease does the one-stride in 3ab, and then she has a nice trip through 5ab too. They have a swap before fence 8, and the horse hesitates before fence 10 before jumping it.

Daisy Farish picks up a stop at 5a after a really nice trip before that. He stops twice there, and she is eliminated. Samantha Cohen has an overall solid trip, just a little bit hairy to fence 10. 

Allison Postier and her horse crash through fence 3b and then have to pull out of fence 4, but they get back on track after that. Adam Edgar has the honor of being our last rider today. We’ll be back after this with the final standby for tomorrow in just a few minutes. They have a little bit of a miss between 3a and 3b, but the smooth out the rest of their round. 

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