11-15-2010, 10:13 AM
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The Maclay finals are the top equitation finals in the county. You must enter in qualifying classes through the year and if you place high enough can go up to the next step. There's a huge horse show called the Syracuse Invitational at the end of the year with "finals". Basically everyone who's qualified enters to win! The courses are very difficult at 3"6 with lots of technical questions and the riders and horses are the top in the country (riders are juniors-under 18). The average maclay horse STARTS OFF at $400,000! It takes a lot of grueling hours, dedication, and unfortunately $$$ to get to the top... but what a cool accomplishment! Maclay winners often end up the top in the industry later in life.