Hailey Johns Named as Official Junior Ambassador for Leo Conroy Maclay Grant

Lexington - KY - March 14, 2018 - The National Horse Show is pleased to announce 17-year-old Hailey Johns as the new Junior Ambassador for the Leo Conroy Maclay Grant (LCMG). Johns was a recipient of the important grant in 2017 and used it to compete at the National Horse Show in the ASPCA Maclay Equitation Championship.


Johns, who currently trains with Katie Kappler of Katie Kappler LLC, has been an avid equestrian since she was four years old. After a brief introductory phase at a western facility, Johns was introduced to the hunter and jumper disciplines. She competed in the pony divisions and junior hunter classes before making the transition to the equitation ring at age 12.



“I’d wanted to compete in the Maclay Finals for so long and I was so excited to have qualified but the first thing that I asked myself was how am I going to make this possible,?” remarked Johns. “My parents had already completely expended our budget to get me to the regionals so I felt like I needed to cover as much of the expenses as possible.”

That’s when Johns says she and Kappler saw a poster advertising the grant at the regionals facility. “I researched it and I knew that was the best route to go. It seemed like an exceptional opportunity and perfect for me so I applied as soon as I could,” said Johns.



The Leo Conroy Maclay Grant was established in 2015 after the passing of rider and trainer, Leo Conroy. Conroy was an avid supporter of the National Horse Show and especially of the ASPCA Maclay Finals. He spent many years as the co-manager of the National Horse Show and acted as Chairman of the National Horse Show Equitation Committee. To commemorate his dedication and love for the show, the grant is awarded to up to 5-Maclay competitors and 3-Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3" Equitation Championship competitors each year that demonstrate a need for financial support to participate in their divisions. 

The ASPCA Maclay Final championship is considered one of the most prestigious equitation events in the country and hosts many young athletes from across the country.

All riders must qualify through regional competitions in order to compete at the Maclay finals. Those seeking assistance through the LCMG to support their journey are asked to detail an essay on the importance of the show to them and why they are a good choice as a recipient of the grant. The grant accommodates recipients by covering expenses associated with entry fees and stabling as well as a $1,000 stipend to cover additional show-related costs required to compete in the Maclay Final or Hamel Foundation NHS 3'3" Equitation Championship.



“We are thrilled to have Hailey Johns represent the Leo Conroy Maclay Grant this year,” said Jennifer Burger, President of the National Horse Show. “Hailey is the perfect representation of the type of young person that we strive to help through the LCMG and we are looking forward to utilizing her to get the word out for the 2018 edition of the National Horse Show.”


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SAVE THE DATE for the Return of the Expanded 2018 National Horse Show

Lexington, Ky. — Feb. 26, 2018 — The National Horse Show is pleased to announce its return on October 27- November 4, 2018, to the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park with exciting new divisions and prizes.

Information regarding vendor participation, entry requirements and advertising is available through nhs.org. Sponsorship inquiries can be made directly through Ariel Weisman. Those seeking information on the recent addition of the Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3 Equitation Championship, the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, or the Leo Conroy Maclay Grant can also find the most recent news online.


Equitation Championship Weekend
October 27-28
• The Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship
• Taylor Harris Insurance Services NHS 3’ Adult Equitation Championship
• NHS KHJA Equitation Championship

Hunter Highlights
• Cismont Manor $50,000 Hunter Classic sponsored by the Wheeler Family
(Class winner will receive a car courtesy of Audi of Lexington)
• Leading Hunter Rider Cash Bonus

Show Jumping Highlights
• $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Lexington
• Leading Jumper Rider Cash Bonus
• Leading Jumper Rider to receive a car courtesy of Audi of Lexington
• Hollow Brook Wealth Management $50,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Series Grand Prix

Equitation Highlights
• ASPCA Alfred B. Maclay National Championship
(Winning trainer to receive a car courtesy of Audi of Lexington)

Founded in 1833, the National Horse Show is the culmination of the east coast summer equestrian season. With $810,000 in prize money offered, the National Horse Show has been designated a CSI4*-W event by the FEI. International Open Jumpers will compete for almost half a million dollars in prize money, while the top-rated hunter sections will vie for a total purse of $195,000. For six consecutive years, the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame has named the National Horse Show the Horse Show of the Year.

To learn more about the National Horse Show, click here.

 


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The Hamel Foundation Named 2018 Title Sponsor of the National Horse Show 3'3" Equitation Championship

Lexington, Ky. – Jan. 29, 2018 – The 2018 National Horse Show is thrilled to announce The Hamel Foundation as this year’s title sponsor of the second annual National Horse Show 3’3” Equitation Championship. The National Horse Show returns to the Kentucky Horse Park this fall from Oct. 27 to Nov. 4, 2018.

The mission of the Hamel Family Foundation is to support organizations that are advancing the educational, health or well being of individuals that are not able to do this on their own accord. The foundation is eager to use their sponsorship to be able to give back to the equestrian community which has become such an integral part of their lives.


Hailing from Richfield, Wisconsin, the Hamel family became involved in the equestrian community when their youngest child, Sydney, started riding ponies. She then joined the United States Pony Club and fell in love with the hunter/jumper sport. The family now has their own farm, Sunset View Farms LLC, where they stable and train their horses and care for a large variety of animals.

“We are so honored to have our foundation aligned with a historic event such as the National Horse Show,” remarked Kristen Hamel of the Hamel Foundation. “Supporting the 3’3” Equitation Championship helps us to further our mission in supporting young riders, striving to be the best they can be and we are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with this division in the years to come.”

In 2017, the National Horse Show added the 3’3” Equitation Championship to its already all-star roster of hunter and jumper classes. The addition of this new class was a massive success that brought together some of the country’s most talented up-and-coming equitation riders. The new class allowed riders the opportunity to compete at the prestigious horse show, while also providing the opportunity to gain invaluable experience riding in the same ring as the highly-anticipated ASPCA Maclay National Championship, held annually at the National Horse Show since 1933.

The Hamel Foundation will present the winner of the class with a commemorative trophy, and a cooler for each of the top ten finalists. The trainer of the winning rider will also receive a Trainer’s Award.

“The support from the Hamel Foundation of the 3’3” Equitation Championship will be invaluable to the National Horse Show,” said Mason Phelps, President of the Board of Directors of the National Horse Show. “Their commitment to the success of the division will help us to ensure that as many young riders as possible will have the opportunity to be competitive in the ASPCA Maclay Finals and be a part of National Horse Show history.”

For more information on The Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship, click here.

To host a qualifying class (NHS 3’3” Medal) for The Hamel Foundation NHS 3’3” Equitation Championship, click here.

Founded in 1833, the National Horse Show is the culmination of the east coast summer equestrian season. With $810,000 in prize money offered, the CP National Horse Show has been designated a CSI4*-W event by the FEI. International Open Jumpers will compete for almost half a million dollars in prize money, while the top-rated hunter sections will vie for a total purse of $195,000. For six consecutive years, the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame has named the CP National Horse Show the Horse Show of the Year.

 


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