Landmann and Mae Mannis Makes it Big in ASPCA Maclay Regional Final

Mae Mannis & Landmann. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.

Edited Press Release

Young equitation riders have their hearts and goals set on major equitation finals, which are set to kick off in a few weeks’ time. The Region 4 riders had a major qualifying event Saturday during the final weekend at Traverse City Horse Shows. They competed for top honors in the ASPCA Maclay Regional Final, hoping to snag a coveted qualification for the year-end championship at the National Horse Show.

Out of a field of top young riders, it was Mae Mannis who put all the pieces together and took the top call. She piloted Landmann, a horse she’s navigated the big equitation with for nearly two years.

“I wanted to set an exact track for my horse,” Mannis said of her plan going in to jump the highly technical course. “He has a tendency to jump higher sometimes so this course I just wanted to have a nice, forward pace through the whole thing. Jump one was the hardest spot for me on the right lead, so I needed to meet that with a good pace.”

Mae Mannis stands with trainer Samantha Mackenzie for presentation. Photo © Andrew Ryback Photography.

She successfully strung together all elements of the long and winding course, ultimately landing in the top spot.

“He’s my baby,” Mannis said of Landmann, a 10-year-old Warmblood gelding. “I’ve had him for almost two years now. I always call him a moose, and he’s the sweetest. He’ll try his best for me, and I feel like we’re finally starting to get the results we want. He’s the best horse I’ve ever had.”

Mannis gains confidence every time she puts in a solid round, but the win in the Regional Championship this close to the Final puts her in an even better headspace. “It really gets me in a good spot mentally,” she reflected on the win. “The sport is so much about mental game. Sometimes if it doesn’t work out it puts you in a bad spot. It’s so important to stay positive and I think this round really helped me realize that I can finally be where I want to be. It’s all about hard work and what you put into it.”

In her second appearance at the indoor fall horse shows, she has goals to perform well, but doesn’t tie them to specific results. “I’d love to make it in the top 25,” she said. “Last year was my first indoors and we were both a bit green but he was perfect. This year I just want to have solid rounds throughout. I try not to get results too stuck in my head so I go in to have a good positive ride for my horse. I think that’s what’s most important.”

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