Madison Goetzmann fulfilled one of her longtime goals on Sunday.
The Skaneateles native placed first in the ASPCA Maclay National Championship, one of the nation's most prestigious competitions for junior riders, at the Kentucky Horse Park.
"Honestly, I tear up just thinking about it," Goetzmann said in a release. "My trainer also won this final, which makes it a really special win. It's just incredible. It was a dream of mine to win."
Goetzmann, riding San Remo VDL, was one of 177 competitors that began the preliminary round of over fences competition Saturday, but quickly moved to the top of the standby list in second place after a smooth round of the 12-fence serpentine course.
Goetzmann was one of the top 25 brought back for the finals on Sunday, which consisted of a flat phase and one final over fences round.
In the flat phase, Goetzmann was tested in her adjustability and harmony with her horse by demonstrating a counter-canter, flying changes, a hand gallop and more.
Goetzmann was last to go in the final over fences round. She navigated the challenging course effortlessly with textbook form to win the championship.
Goetzmann's trainer, Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables, was selected as the winner of the Maclay National Championship Trainer Award, while the Goetzmann family was presented with the Gordon Wright Perpetual Trophy.
"It was a beautiful thing to watch it all come together," Madden said in a release. "For me, I knew that she had the ability to have the composure, the focus and the basics. She is very focused on being the best rider that she can be. We made an executive decision to sell her equitation horse so that she could focus on the jumpers but she has also kept with the equitation. She spent a lot of time in Europe over the summer, which was an unbelievable experience for her. Equitation teaches you about discipline and track and all of the things that make you fast in a jump-off. I'm really happy that this ended up so well for her. Winning the finals is the end result of a good plan, hard work and everything coming together."