Sisters Earn Prestigious Equestrian Awards

Equestrians and sisters Grace '18 (above left) and Sarah B. ’18 (above right) recently achieved impressive victories in national competitions: The Alfred B. Maclay National Championship at the National Horse Show for Grace and the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Children’s Jumper Championship for Sarah. The girls started riding at McDonogh as lowers schoolers and are now members of the varsity equestrian team.

The Alfred B. Maclay National Championship has been held at the National Horse Show since its inception in 1933. Qualifying for the competition requires junior riders to earn a minimum number of points at local and regional horse shows, culminating in a regional championship to determine the riders invited to the national finals in Lexington, Kentucky. In September, Grace and her horse, Fernway Park, qualified by winning the Region 3 Championship in Tampa, Florida. In November, Grace and 175 finalists competed in the championship. With a challenging course designed to distinguish the top riders, Grace accomplished some of the most difficult challenges and was awarded the eighth place ribbon.

Sarah and her 13-year-old Trakehner gelding, Herminas, competed at the WIHS in the $10,000 Children’s Jumper Competition. The contest included 31 entries, with 17 advancing to the jump-off. With the fastest and fault-free second round (30.51 seconds), Sarah and Herminas earned first place and received the prestigious H. Fenwick Kollock Memorial Perpetual Trophy.

McDonogh's riding coaches could not be more proud. “Both girls were awesome!" shared Riding Director Streett Moore.

Photos by: Shawn McMillen Photography

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