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Sam Walker: The Big Eq Kid Strikes Again

If the entire 2018 show season was a remarkable one for Sam Walker, the month of November was nothing short of spectacular. The 16-year-old from Nobleton, ON, made history by becoming just the fourth Canadian to win the prestigious ASPCA Maclay National Championship on November 4th at the 2018 National Horse Show. He then proceeded to button up a memorable year by taking the CET Medal National Final at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto just four days later. His Maclay win was especially sweet, as it put him in the esteemed company of 1980 winner Laura Tidball-Balisky, Erynn Ballard (1998), and Brian Walker (no relation) who won in 2001. The challenging tests set by American Bobby Murphy at the Kentucky Horse Park began with a jumping course for a massive field of contestants, which was then whittled down to 25 riders who returned for the second round. After an…

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