Important Maclay Updates: Regionals & Finals 2023 

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Edited Press Release

The National Horse Show has made changes to the Maclay Finals qualifying criteria. Recognizing that the qualifying specifications that were established on September 1, 2022 were complicated and confusing to some, after listening to members and meeting with the National Horse Show Equitation Committee, the National Horse Show has worked to simplify the process of qualifying and competing in the Finals. 

As posted Feb. 10, 2023, the following has been established:

• All riders who meet the point requirement of their official point state of residence with USEF to qualify for the Finals may enter and compete in the Maclay Finals

REGIONALS

• Regionals are completely optional

• Riders who meet the point requirement of their official point state of residence with USEF to qualify for the Regionals (1/2 the points required for the finals) may enter and compete in any Regional competition

•The Champion, Reserve Champion, and Third place finisher from each Regional competition will be awarded National Horse Show Scholarships as follows: Champion $1000, Reserve $750, and Third $500.

•The Champion, Reserve Champion, and Third place finisher from each Regional competition, if not otherwise qualified, will receive invitations to compete in the ASPCA Maclay Finals. Only riders who have met the Maclay point requirements to compete in the Regionals are eligible.

•Riders qualified for the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Equitation Championships may enter and compete in any Regionals provided they have points from competing in Maclay classes in the same competition year. This opportunity is offered for riders to gain valuable experience but in no way offers the ability to qualify for the Maclay Finals unless these riders have met the Maclay point requirements to compete in Regionals. Qualifying for the Maclay Finals is based solely on Maclay points earned.

MACLAY FINALS

• Saturday, November 4th: 70 second warm-up will be open to all riders participating in the Maclay Finals

• Sunday, November 5th:  Maclay Finals first round, flat phase, final round, and possible testing to take place

For questions regarding these changes, please contact Cindy Bozan at cindy@nhs.org

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