“Showing” Their Stuff at the Big MacCready


With 22 camper riders, some of them competing for the first time ever, the 49th Big MacCready horse show was the culmination of a summer of lessons and events for the Pok-O-MacCready riding program.

Held on a beautiful Sunday morning at the camp equestrian complex, the event featured classes for lead line, walk-trot-canter equitation, and hunter jumpers.

A full roster of riders may be found HERE but, as a special bonus, here’s a photo gallery of every rider that took part Sunday.

Three-week camper Claire B took the 3-class champion ribbon in the day’s largest field:  Walk-Trot.  “I didn’t do well in the previous show,” Claire said, “but rode better today.”  In pointing out the importance of the rider-horse relationship in this sport, Claire added that “I love Paris, so we make a good team.

15_bigmacready09As always, the Big MacCready is held the day after session #2 visiting day at camp, a fact that played a role in Claire’s day.  “It was good they were there,” Claire said of her parents, who stuck around to watch the event.  “But it did make me a little nervous.”

Annie C was also nervous because “this was my first show cantering.”  None the less, she was able to win Champion in the walk-trot-canter division.  “I started riding at home this past year and I just started cantering this week at camp.  I thought I was going to finish last.  This was great, and I can’t wait to ride next year, for sure!”  Of similar note was Maddie C, who has been a horsemaster for four years, but a first time horse show participant on Sunday.  She won a blue ribbon!

16-year old James D was also a show rookie, taking advantage of his final week of a long camper career to try something new.  “I did horsemasters (link) the first four weeks and I was, like ‘I should ride.  I really want to.’  So I called my Dad, who said it was ok, and I started riding.  I like it a lot.”

In the day’s final division, Sophie P and Maillane performed on the jumping course.  “I was15_bigmacready12 nervous.  I had never jumped before, but once I did it, it got easier, and was fun,” said Sophie, who won the division.

Malliane hit a bit of a snag when her horse repeatedly halted at the hay bail jump, to take a bite out of the obstacle.  “I don’t know what he was thinking; not even I stop and eat when I’m in the middle of something!”

Still, Maillane said that she “was glad to try it,” a sentiment echoed by James.  “It was really cool,” he said of the show.  “A cool atmosphere.  It was just great to do it!”

See reports and rosters for all 2015 horse shows HERE, and see many more show photos at our ONLINE GALLERY

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Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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