Tryon, NC – July 8, 2016 – Alexandra Maracic is a skilled equitation competitor with a list of impressive accomplishments to her credit. In 2014, she placed within the top 20 at the Maclay Finals. She rode to a fourth place finish at the 2013 USEF Medal Finals and her Dutch Warmblood gelding, Zjappoo Sow (Calvados-So Unique), whom she trained herself, was named the Pennsylvania National Horse Show’s Best Equitation Horse. Maracic also placed tenth at the 2012 Zone 2 Maclay Regionals. She earned Bronze and Silver Medals in the USET finals.
Recently, Maracic and her gray Mechlenburg gelding, At Last (Last Man Standing-Jugundeii) swept the Adult Equitation Division at Showplace Productions Spring Spectacular and were second in the USEF Talent Search.
Maracic, who hails from Syosset, New York, has trained with the late Ross Reisner, Michael Zuckerman and Andre Dignelli. During the 2016 winter season she moved to Messenger Hill Farm to work with Freddie Vazquez.
“It’s very customized. He focuses a lot on detail and the horse, then the rider,” said Maracic about the Messenger Hill Farm program. “He (Vazquez) worked with Lasti. We focused more on making him happy. He’s very patient with them, which I like a lot.
“Lasti’s awesome,” she continued. “Ever since he moved to Freddie, he’s been a completely different horse. He’s so happy, he wants to do his job. If I don’t make a mistake, he will win every class he goes into.”
Maracic said that she had never really competed in the jumpers as a junior. Vazquez is helping her to move forward. She explained that with some trainers, you ride and you leave. The Vazquezes like to know more about their clients and understand exactly how they learn.
On a shopping trip to Europe, Maracic and Vazquez found Bente P (Lucky Boy-Uliana P), a 7-year-old bay Holsteiner mare. She arrived from quarantine the night of June 1, Maracic rode her on June 2 and showed her in the Low Amateurs the following week.
“Bennie’s really confident,” Maracic said. “I didn’t know what to expect from her in the ring. She’s awesome. She’ll jump anything you put in front of her.”
With Bennie, she plans to take it slow. If all goes well, they’ll move up to the high amateur jumpers at the end of the summer, compete in the U25 division and try to qualify for finals.
Maracic attends the University of Georgia where she is a member of the equestrian team. In her bio she wrote, “Lasti has shown me that a love for what you do and who you do it with is just as important as the place in which you finish.”
While Maracic is on a family vacation in Hawaii, the rest of the Messenger Hill Farm team is at the Tryon International Equestrian Center racking up the ribbons.
Jodi Vazquez earned three reserve championships. In the Conformation Hunters 3’6”/3”9’, Presently, owned by Mark Senn and Hula Hoop, owned by Elizabeth Corey, both earned the reserve tricolors. Friday Night, owned by Kira Telford, was reserve champion of the Bruno DelGrange Performance Hunter 3"3"/3'6.
Telford earned great ribbons on her CR Moet in the Adult Amateur Hunters. Meg Gehron and Talan also had top placings in the 3”3’ Amateur Hunters. Dana Senn and Telford’s Calistoga Gold earned two first place finishes, a second and more in the Pre Adult Hunters.
Ellery Taylor and her own Carlos Santana continued their successful season with a second place finish and the red ribbon in the Low Junior Jumpers.
The youngest member of the Messenger Hill Farm team, Elodie Watrous, earned top ribbons with Sweet Oak Farm’s Crystal Acres Choclatier and with her own Beaverwood’s Foxberry winning a class, both in the Short Stirrup 12 and under.
Her sister Chloe Watrous and her Just Darlin were second in the WIHS Pony Equitation and earned placings in the Small Pony Hunter Division.
The Messenger Hill Farm team will compete at the Tryon International Equestrian Center for another two weeks.
About Messenger Hill Farm
Messenger Hill Farm is a full-service hunter/jumper business owned and led by Freddie and Jodi Vazquez. Located just north of Chicago in Mettawa, Illinois, Messenger Hill Farm offers training, lessons, competition and sales.
Freddie Vazquez represented Puerto Rico at the 2015 Pan Am Games and the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games. He served as chef d’équipe of the Team Puerto Rico’s young, junior and child Nations Cup teams at the Winter Equestrian Festival.
Jodi Vazquez is a top hunter competitor with countless AA championships to her credit. The Vazquezes teach the American style of riding as advocated by George Morris. They are known for their goal-driven approach and attention to detail.
Messenger Hill Farm offers a show schedule at all levels; including local, national and international. The Messenger Hill Farm team competes at the Winter Equestrian Festival, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Kentucky Horse Shows, Lamplight Equestrian Center, Ledges and more. For those new to the sport, Messenger Hill Farm offers a lesson program with quality, well-cared-for horses.
Click here to learn more about Messenger Hill Farm or call 847-573-1100.