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ASPCA Maclay Championship is Next Stop for Beacon Hill Show Stables

Wellington, FL – October 31, 2006 – As one of the most competitive equestrian show barns, with some of the best junior riders in the nation, Beacon Hill Show Stables had another strong week of performances at the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS). The event was held at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. from October 24-29, and head trainers Frank and Stacia Madden, as well as assistant trainers, Max Amaya and Krista Freundlich, accompanied their students to the prestigious, year end indoor event.

In the WIHS Equitation Finals, Sloane Coles of The Plains, VA, rode beautifully and finished in fourth place in the Hunter Phase. She piloted Bud Martin’s horse Papillon 136 in the Hunter and Jumper Phases and, after switching horses for the WIHS Final Work-Off, placed fifth overall. Coles also took home fourth place in the Junior Jumpers Senator’ Cup with Louisianna and was honored with the Style of Riding Award.

“Sloane had a nice week,” commented Stacia Madden. “She ended up having the fastest time and one jump down in the Jumper Classic with Louisiana, and she finished fourth. She was very happy about that, and she had another good showing in the equitation. In the Washington class, she was very solid.”

Madden continued, “She had nice rounds on her horse in both the Hunter phase and the Jumper phase, with just little bobbles that weren’t a big deal. It kept her in the hunt, and we thought she got a good draw that we were happy with for the switching of horses. Sloane’s horse is doing great. It ended up helping Maggie [McAlary] win the USEF Medal Finals and [Jack] Hardin [Towell] win the Washington Finals, and Sloane actually won the Capital Challenge finals on him. So, the horse is ready to go,” she smiled, “and we feel very excited about the Maclay Finals coming up.”

Jessica Springsteen also showed in the WIHS Equitation Finals with Stone Hill Farm’s Cino and came away with seventh place in the Hunter Phase and seventh overall after the work-off. In addition, the young rider earned third place in the Junior Jumpers with La Movida.

“Jessie had an outrageous week,” stated Madden. “It was her first time attending Washington on horses. She rode a pony there two years ago and won Best Child Rider on a Pony. She had her Junior Jumper this year, and it was actually the first time she ever did the high juniors. It was great for her.”

Chelsea Moss received sixth in the Hunter Phase and twelfth overall with her horse Logan, and Maria Schaub ranked in sixth place in the Hunter Phase with Whimsey and placed eighth overall. Schaub was also a strong competitor in the Junior Jumper division with Marga.

“Maria had a nice show too,” Madden noted. “Her equitation horse went nicely. She had solid rounds, and we were also happy with her draw for switching horses. We had three kids in the top ten and four in the top twelve, and none of the kids made big mistakes, only minor mistakes. All of the other riders were riding so well that the minor mistakes caught up with them.”

Other Beacon Hill students who competed in the WIHS Finals included Elizabeth Lubrano and Nikko Ritter, who pinned in tenth place in the Hunter Phase with 007.

In the Junior Hunter divisions, Bellingham Bay and Laura King-Kaplan received fourth in the Large Junior 15 and Under Hunters, Elizabeth Lubrano with Mr. Wendell and Nikko Ritter aboard Joli Cake earned placings in the Large Junior 16-17 Hunters. In the Small Junior 15 and Under Hunters, Jessica Springsteen guided Sublime, owned by Stone Hill Farm, to the reserve championship tricolor after placing high over fences.

Marvel and Lindsay Mohr were also contenders in the Small Junior 16-17 Hunters, and Maverick and Darby Mazzarisi competed in the Amateur-Owner 35 and Under Hunters. In the Children’s Hunter Classic, Catherine Avolese and Gotham City rode to seventh place, and Erica Polle and Moriah finished in tenth.

In the Children’s Jumpers, Beacon Hill’s Mackenzie Keck participated with his horses AK Mickey and Sensation, and Laura King-Kaplan took a shot with her two, Harlem de Mescam and Zeitgeist. Her ride on Zeitgeist resulted in twelfth place. In the Adult Jumpers, Hayley Carlson competed with her two mounts Athena and Gracia. Brianne Goutal was also an exhibitor with Urithmic in the Open Speed Classes and with Mon Gamin in the Junior Jumpers.

Next weekend, Frank and Stacia Madden will lead the Beacon Hill Show Stables team to the ASPCA Maclay National Championships at the Syracuse Invitational Sport Horse Tournament. Last year, their student Brianne Goutal made history as the only rider to ever win all four major equation finals.

Schaub, Coles, Ritter, Springsteen, and a number of other Beacon Hill students will face off with the very best in the country in hopes of taking home the coveted title of ASPCA National Champion.

To learn more about Beacon Hill Show Stables, please visit their official website at http://www.beaconhillstables.com.


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