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ASPCA Maclay Updates & Reminders

Lexington, KY – June 3, 2024 – As we move into the summer show season, we wanted to bring your attention to some exciting ASPCA Maclay updates and a few important reminders.

congratulating former Maclay winner


At the recent annual NHS Board of Directors meeting, it was decided to raise the number of riders competing at the Maclay finals from 150 to 175.

The additional 25 riders would be chosen through the Regional qualifying system. So to qualify for the Maclay Finals:

Based on points, the top fifty (50) riders will be automatically qualified to compete in the Finals and are not required to compete in the Maclay Regionals. However, these riders may compete in any Regional competition and will be eligible for awards, but will not be factored into the percentage of riders that qualify through the Regional System.  

One hundred (125) riders will be invited to compete in the Finals from the Regionals.

Maclay Judges

Kim Dorfman

R. Scott Fitton

Cynthia Hankins

Lyman T. Whitehead


Region Changes - Any rider wishing to compete in a different region than their home region must notify the NHS in writing by August 31 using the official form. Forms must be received no later than 5:00 PM.

Regional Entries – All riders qualifying for and competing in the Maclay Regionals must complete a regional entry form which is submitted directly to the NHS. You do not enter the regional class through the host competition. All Regional entries must be completed using the ShowManagementSystem entry platform. Click here to enter, being sure to choose your correct regional class. 

Membership - It is imperative for all participants to remember that membership in the National Horse Show Association of America (NHSA) is required for all competitors in the ASPCA MaclayHamel 3’3” Medal, and the THIS Adult Medal  classes, as well as for trainers with students in these same classes. Unlike the rules of other organizations, non-members may not compete in any of the NHS classes. All memberships expire on August 31 regardless of join date. Please remember to renew prior to August 31 if you plan on competing in the next qualifying season beginning September 1. 

Membership for Finals Competition – The 2024 Finals for the Maclay, Hamel and THIS all operate under the 2024 membership year which runs from September 1, 2023 to August 31, 2024. If you do not plan on competing next season in qualifying classes for the 2025 Finals (from September 1, 2024 through August 31, 2025) you do not need to renew your membership for 2025.


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