The reserve championship title was shared between two entries, Amy Jo Magee of Coatesville, PA, riding Little Lady and Julie Bigham of Ashton, MD, on Pas de Chat. Each received a total of 14 points in the division, so the judges decided to leave the tie unbroken, which was just fine for Magee.
"We raced on Saturday in a sidesaddle race in New York and we came here today not expecting to do real well because of just racing a few days ago, but she just went in there and ate the course up," said Magee of the 11-year-old Hanoverian mare. "I just wanted to come and have a good time because my Uncle, who lives in Harrisburg, was going to come and watch. He wasn't able to come because he was not feeling well, so that was disappointing, but I still had a good time because my mare did so well."
Sidesaddle Reserve Champions Julie Bigham and Pas de Chat
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Bigham also had no expectations of winning anything on her 15-year-old Thoroughbred mare because they had a bit of trouble in the division last year.
"It feels amazing, she felt so great," said Bigham. "I was absolutely not expecting to win anything because last year we had a bunch of problems, so my main goal this year was just to get around and have a good time. She has been going so much better this year, so I was hoping that the possibility was there and she lived up to it. It was a great way to end our season."