John McGinty and Playboy Take High Score FEI Adult Amateur in Saugerties

John McGinty, FEI Adult Amateur High Score on his horse, Playboy with trainer, Marcus Orlob and Shannon Stevens at the Centerline Events Dressage series at HITS Saugerties. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Hopper)
John McGinty, FEI Adult Amateur High Score on his horse, Playboy with trainer, Marcus Orlob and Shannon Stevens at the Centerline Events Dressage series at HITS Saugerties. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Hopper)

Saugerties, NY - John McGinty has known success across a variety of fields in the equestrian world, from FEI level dressage to being a highly successful hunter jumper trainer and FEI Judge. During the Centerline Events Dressage on the Hudson series, McGinty added yet another accolade to his long list by winning the High Score FEI Adult Amateur aboard Playboy, his 17-year-old KWPN gelding. “I was honored, and to me, winning the FEI High Score Adult Amateur just proves what a special horse Playboy is,” said McGinty. “He loves his work and keeps on getting better with age. After his time off Playboy was very enthusiastic about going back to work. I think he missed the attention and definitely loves getting his treats before and after our rides. This was our first show in 2014, so the win was especially sweet.”

McGinty and Playboy recently started training with Marcus Orlob of Elite Expression Dressage
in Annandale NJ. ”I really appreciate Marcus, his wife, Shannon, and Playboy’s groom, Natalie Hopper. The entire team is so supportive and really encourages us,” McGinty added. The High Score FEI Adult Amateur award is testimony to the success of the new partnership and both McGinty and Orlob are looking forward to keeping the winning momentum going.

John McGinty praises Playboy for his excellent “comeback” performance. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Hopper)
John McGinty praises Playboy for his excellent “comeback” performance. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Hopper)

McGinty, who is also a financial advisor, dancer, and long distance runner when he’s not horsing around, placed second overall in the Prix St. Georges division. Their average of 66.317% in those classes secured his title as the High Score FEI Adult Amateur. Playboy, who has been with McGinty for two years, recently returned to the show arena following a brief sabbatical after Dressage at Devon CDI in 2013. After a few months off, McGinty brought the horse back with light hacking in the winter and began serious work again in April. The Centerline show, which took place at the Horses in the Sun (HITS) show grounds in New York, was the pair’s time back in the arena since Devon 2013 and McGinty had high praise for Centerline’s show manager, Debra Reinhard.

In addition to enjoying his success at the FEI levels, McGinty believes that Playboy’s ability to excel at an advanced age is a testament to the exceptional care and training he receives. “A sound training program, a great team, good supplements, and lots of TLC go a long way for both an older horse and an older rider,” said McGinty. “Both can continue to enjoy competing, learning and improving, and it also proves that adult amateur riders, in addition to being the backbone of our sport, are also capable athletes who deserve a spot in the FEI line up. As many people know, it has been a passion of mine to champion having adult amateurs recognized by the FEI at all CDI competitions, and I have been working to gather support for our inclusion in international competition.” As a living, breathing example of the talent found in adult amateurs and by voicing for their representation at the international level, McGinty has high hopes for his career in the dressage arena.

For more information, contact McGinty at isop2k@aol.com




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