In Sunday’s ASPCA Maclay Championship, Augusta Iwasaki was in 18th place among the 221 riders who contested the first round—impressive overall, but not an apparent threat to win the whole event. Then she climbed.
Iwasaki improved her placing by one spot in the flat phase, and then the 18-year-old from Calabasas, California, impressed the judges so much in her second over fences round that she moved into fourth place, earning a spot in the final five to contest the championship. In that last test—which included a hand gallop fence, a transition to walk, a turn-on-the-haunches and a counter-canter fence—she wowed judges Michael Tokaruk and Robin Rost Brown and won the 2022 Maclay championship.
Watch the final round that earned Iwasaki the win, courtesy of ClipMyHorse.TV:
The Chronicle was on site at the National all week to bring you photos, stories and more. You can find full results from the show here, and don’t forget to read full analysis and coverage from the horse show in the Nov. 21 issue of the magazine.