Oct. 30, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia equestrian team will be well represented at the ASPCA Maclay National Horse Show in Louisville, Ky., this week.
The Maclay Finals are often called the "proving ground of champions" and the ultimate test for America's young riders. Those who win it often go on to ride professionally, and the roster of winners reads like a who's who of equestrian sports. For spectators, it is poetry in motion, where horse and rider seem to float effortlessly through difficult maneuvers.
The ASPCA Maclay, a championship class at the National Horse Show, was initiated in 1933 by Alfred B. Maclay, an ASPCA board member, accomplished horseman and president of the National Horse Show. Maclay conceived of a trophy that would inspire young riders to develop the best horsemanship skills and instill in them respect and compassion for their equine partners.
Georgia (2-0, 1-0 SEC) will return to action on Nov. 2 when it hosts South Carolina at 2 p.m.