Skylar Wireman Continues Her Winning Ways in NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship
Skylar Wireman firmly punched her ticket to the National Horse Show with a victory in the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship, held on Saturday, September 17, at Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Finishing as the reserve champion behind Wireman and her winning mount, Famous, was Isabella Holway riding HD Washington. Third place went to Stella Buckingham aboard Vondel DH Z, and Kyle Cline finished in fourth riding Cruseon.
In total, 32 entries each vied for 21 qualifying spots for the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, to be held on Sunday, November 6 during the National Horse Show in Lexington, KY.
All 32 riders were tested over fences in front of judges Cynthia Hankins and Wendy Peralta before returning for a flat phase. From there, Hankins and Peralta deemed no additional testing necessary before crowning Wireman the winner.
For Wireman, this marked her second time winning the NHSAA/ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship – having also won the class in 2020 – but this time felt particularly special, thanks largely to enhancements made to the new Grand Looke Arena at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.
“I think this was extra special because Georgy [Maskrey Segesman] provided so many of the Maclay Finals-style jumps, which I thought was really amazing,” said Wireman.
In addition to incorporating fences replicating those seen at the Maclay Finals – such as an ASPCA log fence, a standardless white triple bar, a coffin jump and starting gates – the Blenheim EquiSports team donned the ring with signage and decorations in the National Horse Show’s signature orange and blank. From the VIP tent overlooking the ring, a full-house of spectators watched ringside and enjoyed a special Maclay VIP dinner, adding to the atmosphere of the event.
“It definitely brought a whole new level to the class, adding all of those jumps,” continued Wireman. “I thought it was great because now everyone is going to feel better prepared going to Kentucky this year having jumped some of these spookier jumps that we see at the National but don’t see anywhere else.”
Wireman, who trains with her mother, Shayne Wireman at Chestnut Hills Equestrian Center, earned the win aboard Famous, a 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, owned by MKT Investments LLC.
The victory on Saturday comes among a string of victories at Blenheim EquiSports for the pair, as they also topped the USHJA Gladstone Cup Equitation Classic – West in July and the CPHA Foundation Medal Finals in August.
“I’ve only been riding him for about a year, but he’s really come along to be quite the equitation star,” said Wireman. “He was previously a jumper. This year we’ve added some pretty good accolades onto our resume, so I was definitely feeling ready for a big final like this with him. I know I can count on him. He doesn’t look at the jumps. He knows his job and just canters around.”
For the win with Wireman, Famous received the Vigo Perpetual Trophy, presented by the Stiegler family in memory of Vigo and awarded annually to the best equitation horse in the ASPCA Maclay Region 8 Championship.
Wireman also received a trophy ribbon and cooler, an ASPCA gold medal and a Riviera EquiSports leather halter.