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Hunter Holloway Completes Stellar Junior Career with ASPCA Maclay Championship Win

Hunter Holloway was crowned the 2016 ASPCA Maclay National Champion pictured with the Don Stewart team, her family and the National Horse Show Committee. Photo Chicago Equestrian.

Lexington, KY - November 6, 2016 – Hunter Holloway, 18, completed her stellar junior career by accomplishing double-header equitation victories in the final weeks of the 2016 show season. Last week, Holloway won the prestigious Washington International Equitation Championship at the Washington International Horse Show. This week, she topped off her banner year by earning top honors in the coveted 2016 ASPCA/Maclay National Championship, presented by Chansonette Farm, at the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky.
Holloway of Topeka, Kansas, rode her way to the top of the esteemed group of 175 qualified riders on C’est La Vie, her mount for the 2016 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals – East, where she placed ninth. Owned by Anna Novo-Gradac, the horse previously showed in the Children’s hunters before it’s debut in the equitation ring last month.
Holloway completed the exercises created by judges Diane Carney and Rachel Kennedy, doing what she does every day – riding. With a test built into the second round, Holloway proved to be the clear winner without further testing, as she passed the counter canter and trot jump exercises with flying colors.

Hunter Holloway and C'est La Vie take a victory lap. Photo Chicago Equestrian.

Holloway was presented the ASPCA Horsemanship Trophy, donated by the late Alfred B. Maclay, where her name will be added to the list of some of the biggest names in the sport including George Morris, William Steinkraus, Frank Chapot and Leslie Burr Howard to name a few. The Gordon Wright Perpetual Trophy was awarded to the Holloway family with Don Stewart receiving The Maclay National Championship Trainer Award, donated by the Walker Family.
In addition to the top training she receives from Don Stewart, Holloway credits her mother, grand prix rider Brandie Holloway, for her years of training since she was a toddler, as the keys to her success. The mother daughter duo continues to earn top ribbons in the grand prixs, including Brandie’s recent third place on Lucky Strike in the HITS $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties this year.

Hunter winning the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship.

Holloway has been a consistent contender year after year in not only the equitation ring, but also the hunter and jumper rings. Her stellar equitation record, in addition to the 2016 wins, includes;
  • 2015 Won Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship at Devon
  • 2015 Reserve Champion Pessoa USEF Medal Final
  • 2015 Third Overall Washington International Equitation Finals
  • 2015, 2013, 2012 Won Maclay Regionals
  • 2014 Reserve Champion ASPCA/Maclay Finals
  • 2014 Reserve Champion Washington International Equitation Finals
  • 2013 Reserve in Hunterdon Equitation Classic

Hunter Holloway with her multiple hunter champions. Photo Flying Horse Photography.

Her hunter ring highlights include:
  • 2015 Grand Champion Small Jr. Hunter –Devon Horse Show
  • 2014 Reserve Best Child Rider – Devon
  • 2014 Champion Younger Small and Younger Large Junior Hunter – Devon
  • 2014 Third in Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix
  • 2013 Reserve Champion Younger Large Jr. Hunter – National Horse Show
  • 2013 Reserve Champion Younger Small Junior – Pennsylvania National
  • 2013 Reserve Champions Younger Small Junior – Washington International
  • 2013 Reserve Champions East Coast Junior Hunter Finals

Hunter Holloway and VDL Bravo S in Ocala. Photo Chicago Equestrian.

Continuing to make her mark in the jumper ring as well, Holloway has won:
  • 2016 U25 Welcome at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show – (VDL Bravo S)
  • 2016 U25 Championship at Pennsylvania National Horse Show – (VDL Bravo S)
  • 2016 $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Ocala – (VDL Bravo S)
  • 2016 $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix Ocala Championship – (Cassevel)
  • 2016 $25,000 Tryon Spring VI Grand Prix – (VDL Bravo S)
  • 2016 $20,000 Open Welcome Summer in the Rockies IV – (VDL Bravo S)
  • 2016 $20,000 Open Welcome Summer in the Rockies VI – (VDL Bravo S)
  • 2016 $25,000 St. Louis Grand Prix – (VDL Bravo S) 2nd on Cassevel
  • 2016 $75,000 Tryon Spring VI Grand Prix – (Cassevel)
  • 2015 $60,000 Grand Prix – Colorado on VDL Bravo S
  • 2015 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Rider of the Month – June
  • 2015 Leading Junior Rider – International Omaha
Those are just the highlights, which leave out the numerous junior hunter championships, circuit championships and top 10 Grand Prix, U25 and Junior Jumper Championships. Holloway definitely has an impressive resume for a young rider.

Hunter Holloway with mother, Brandie. 

Based out of Topeka, Kansas and HITS Ocala during the winter at their Equi-Venture Farm, the family breeds and develops young horses in addition to a large selection of sale horses. There is never a shortage of horses for Holloway to ride, part of the secret to her success. She is a hard worker both in the saddle and in the barn, which helped her learn some of the “Horse IQ” Carney indicated was required to win the Maclay Championship.

Maclay judges Diane Carney and Rachel Kennedy. Photo Chicago Equestrian.

“The winner of the Maclay is a rider that with invisible aids, demonstrates the five factors of jumping; pace, line, balance, impulsion and distance. Hunter was the example of that through all three phases, especially in the counter canter part of the second course because any body watching saw her ride out of the three stride, she went straight and let the ring turn her horse which allowed him to land on the counter lead and hold it. She executed that the best - in addition to riding the rest of the course and having impeccable position,” said Carney. “I might add that she did the rest of the course with pace and gallop. This is why she is able to win on the hunters, jumpers and the Maclay.”
“Its such an honor to win such a prestigious class, and I couldn't have been happier with how today went and my horse performed,” said Holloway. “I really want to thank the Don Stewart team and my family for supporting me along the way.”
The Holloway’s will take some time off at home before heading to the Chicago George Morris clinic and then to Ocala for the winter. Hunter will continue her education with online school while working on developing her string of jumpers.  
Results: 2016 ASPCA Maclay National Championship
1. Hunter Holloway/C'est La Vie/Anna Novo-Gradac/Don Stewart
2. Taylor St. Jacques/Charisma/Heritage Farm, Inc./Andre Dignelli
3. TJ O'Mara/Kaskade/Walstib Stables LLC/Max Amaya
4. Brian Moggre/Viceroy/MTM Farm/Mike McCormick
5. Jordyn Rose Freedman/Finnick/Jordyn Rose Freedman/Linda Langmeier
6. Sophie Simpson/Breckenridge/Ashland Farms/Emily Smith
7. Katherine Bundy/Levkoi/Katherine Bundy/John Brennan
8. Grace Boston/Fernway Park/DonStewart/Don Stewart
9. Madison Goetzmann/Contelido/Madison Goetzmann/Stacia Madden
10. Lucy Deslauriers/Class Action/Lisa Deslauriers/Mario Deslauriers 

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