ASPCA Maclay Finals

A competition deemed as the " 'Providing Ground of Champions' and the ultimate test for America's Young Riders...", The National Horsemanship Championship for the ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay Trophy (or "Maclay") has a deep history. Dating back to 1933, the trophy itself was won based off competitors being judged by their seat and control of their mounts both on Flats and Over Fences. The Horsemanship Cup”, as it was called, was a donation made by the late Alfred B. Maclay who was an officer of the ASPCA and President of the National Horse Show from 1922-1924. He owned Killearn Farm and became a "highly successful competitor with Fine Harness horses"; and after serving as president of the National Horse Show, he served as president of USEF's predecessor: The American Horse Shows Association for twelve years. The Maclay Trophy was created as something that would would "inspire young riders to develop the best horsemanship skills and instill in them respect and compassion for their equine partners". Hundreds of junior riders each year seek to qualify for the ASPCA Maclay Finals at the National Horse Show, and achieve the honor of being a part of a "stepping-stone toward greatness in equestrian sport."