Wednesday, March 08, 2006


The Final Episode

So tonight is it. It all comes to a close - we all see who won the Maclay. It has been an interesting experience reliving all the shows leading up to it and seeing what the show actually puts in and what it doesn't. Obviously they can't include everything that went on with every kid during the finals, but a lot was shown. I was a little surprised they didn't show more of the Heritage kids' rounds from Harrisburg, not all the bad scenes they showed were even us! It obviously wasn't our best show. Harrisburg was hard for me because we all thought I had a very solid round that would definitely get me into the top 25 and I ended up not making it. It was a bit of a letdown but that's how horse shows and judged sports work. We just look towards the next one.

The other thing that the show doesn't see is the Washington Equitation Finals. Those were held two weeks after Harrisburg and I can't speak for Beacon Hill because I'm not sure what they got, but I was 4th and Maggie was somewhere around 7th-8th so that went pretty well for us. Also Maggie's horse Peter Pan was ridden by Julie Welles to her win of the Washington Eq Finals in the final round where the top 10 switch horses.

Overall, the road to the Maclay was obviously a very exciting, but also tiring journey with all the early mornings and long hours all the riders and trainers put into it (the horses too!). I'm sad my equitation career has come to a close, but i am still really enjoying riding in the other divisions. Many of you have posted comments and questions and I will be sure to get to those right after the show is over. I just wanted to focus on the final episode in this post, but there will be many more to come!


Series Finale Tonight

Don't miss the series finale of Horse Power: Road to the Maclay tonight, March 8, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the Animal Planet Sporthorse Cup at 9! Both air on Animal Planet.

In the meantime, read the article Reactions to 'Horse Power: Road to the Maclay' on In it, author Nancy Jaffer interviews the featured trainers Frank Madden and Andre Dignelli on what it's like to be on the show. She also explores the viewership stats and the possibility of a sequel!

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