Eleanor McClain Wins Area V Beginner Novice Champion

Oct 28, 2021 by

Eleanor McClain Wins Area V Beginner Novice Champion

Congratulations to ADS member Eleanor McClain who is the Beginner Novice Champion for Area V!

Eleanor McClain keeps her new horse, the 15-year-old Warmblood mare Abbigael, at her small barn and is solely responsible for her care, a fact that McClain believes has allowed her to know the gray mare in a much deeper way. “It was a difficult transition at first,” McClain said of her relationship with her new mount. “Month after month I worked, desperately trying to connect with her.” The pair has overcome a huge learning curve as they got to know one another, but despite some bumps in the road, McClain left each show with a positive mentality and asked herself, “What did I learn from that, and how can I fix it?”

After all of the triumphs and tribulations, crossing the finish line at the Area V championships and knowing they had won the event from start to finish on their dressage score of 28.3 felt unbelievable. “I was hesitant to do the championships because I would be competing against adults, but it ended up being an incredible experience,” McClain shared. “ I am so thankful for the opportunity, so thankful to Meadowcreek for hosting, to my trainer Mrs. Lisa Phillips for always believing in me, and for Abbigael, for always giving me her absolute best and teaching me so well.”

Press release from USEA by Meagan DeLisle.

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