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National Horse Show Association of America Announces 2009 Dates and Locations for ASPCA Maclay Regionals

New York, NY - April 16, 2009 - The National Horse Show Association of America is pleased to announce the dates and locations for this year's ASPCA Maclay Regional competitions. The horse shows' qualifying classes determine which riders will compete in this year's ASPCA Maclay National Championship, which will be held at the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament on October 28-November 1, 2009.

The ASPCA Maclay Horsemanship class has been held since 1933, and it is one of the most prestigious competitions for junior riders in the United States. Its winners are some of the biggest names in equestrian sport. Previous winners include: William Steinkraus in 1941, Frank Chapot (1948), George Morris (1952), Leslie Burr Howard (1972), Stacia Klein Madden in 1987, and Nicole Shahinian Simpson in 1992. The 2008 ASPCA Maclay National Championship winner was Jessica Springsteen of Colts Neck, NJ.

Separate entry blanks for the ASPCA Maclay Regionals must be mailed to the National Horse Show. All other classes and stall requests should go directly to the host horse show.

Maclay riders should be aware of a change made in the class specification for qualifying. In the Rules and Regulations under the "Selection and Finalists" heading is: "In order to qualify for the Regional Finals conducted by the National Horse Show Association, contestants must win the following: in CT, NJ, NY a rider must win 50 points." This is changed from last year from 60 points. However, riders competing in ASPCA Maclay classes may continue to show until they have reached 60 points.

The declaration form for ASPCA Maclay competitors is new as well. A new form must be filled out and sent in to the National Horse Show Association of America.

The following Regional competitions will be qualifiers for the National Championship. Please contact the appropriate regional horse show for a prize list.

Region 1 (Northeast- CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

September 20, 2009, at Grand Fall Classic in Westbrook, CT, 860-399-6317

Region 2 (East- NJ, NY, PA)

September 19, 2009, at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, NY, 914-669-5610

Region 3 (Southeast- AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)

September 5, 2009, at North Florida Hunter Jumper in Jacksonville, FL, 904-993-2053

Region 4 (Midwest- IL, IN, KY, MI, OH)

September 19, 2009, at Kentucky National in Lexington, KY, 615-838-7560

Region 5 (Central- AR, IA, KS, LA, MO, MN, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, WI)

September 12, 2009 at St. Louis National Charity in Lake St. Louis, MO, 636-561-8080

Region 6 (Mountain- AZ, CO, NM, UT)

September 12, 2009, at High Prairie Fall Classic in Parker, CO, 303-841-7461

Region 7 (Northwest- AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

September 12, 2009, at NorthWest Autumn Classic in Monroe, WA, 360-805-6711

Region 8 (West- CA, HI, NV)

September 12, 2009, at Oaks Blenheim Fall Classic in San Juan Capistrano, CA, 949-443-1841

For more information on the ASPCA Maclay National Championships and its qualifiers as well as the National Horse Show Association of America, please visit http://www.nhs.org.

For details on the Syracuse Invitational Sporthorse Tournament, please visit http://www.syracuseinvitational.com.


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