Jacob Pope Adds to an Impressive Junior Career with ASPCA Maclay Victory
November 5, 2012
Until late last year most of Jacob Pope’s showing experience was on a local level and he wasn’t even riding jumpers. He decided to participate in the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program where captured the 2011 EAP Nationals top spot and life for Pope hasn’t been quite the same since.
Being Pope’s last competition year as a junior, the 18 year-old gave a truly impressive showing during the Indoor season. Starting in Gladstone, NJ where he won the 2012 Platinum Performance/USEF Show Jumping Talent Search Finals-East. Pope went on to Harrisburg placing sixth in the Pessoa USEF Medal Finals, then capturing third in the Washington International Equitation Finals. He capped off the season with victory in the 2012 ASPCA Maclay Finals, one of the country’s most prestigious and challenging equitation events.
The look on Pope’s face exhibited the modesty this hard working young man is known best for. Shortly after the awards presentation Pope was quoted as saying, “I am still in shock that I won. It is unreal, just being on the trophy with such legends such as George Morris, and everyone else that is on the trophy. I just can’t believe it.”
Pope was placed third after the first over fence round in the Maclay, but dropped to sixth after the flat phase. After a stellar second round over fences, Pope jumped back into third and clinched a spot among the final four who would test for the championship. Pope faced off with class leader Lillie Keenan, Catherine Tyree, and Elizabeth Benson. Switching horses among the riders proved to be key for Pope’s win. Pope rode Patrick – Tyree’s mount – to a near flawless finish and secured the overall win.
USHJA congratulates Jacob on his ASPCA Maclay Finals success and an outstanding junior career finish.
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