Maggie Bracco

Maggie Bracco

Maggie Bracco is the daughter of famed trainer and horseman, Alex Jayne. She is a fifth generation rider, beginning her career when she was just a few days old. Maggie grew up at her family's farm in Elgin, IL where they still base from today. With a work ethic second to none, she has been able to accomplish many successes in hunter, jumper and equitation rings alongside her siblings Charlie Jayne and Haylie Jayne Rolfe.

Maggie's junior career was filled with notable victories at prestigious shows, such as Devon, The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, as well as Washington D.C. and Madison Square Garden. In 1997 Maggie won Pony Medal Finals. In 2000, Maggie won the Individual Gold Medal at Harrisburg in the famed top junior jumper competition, Prix Des States. In 2002 she received one of the sports highest honors, winning USEF Medal Finals. She also captured the Calvin Klein Equitation Classic, USET Gold Medal, and the Christy Connors top equitation rider award at WEF. She retired the Hit'n Hurry Junior Jumper Trophy at Devon, and she was also the Kathy Scholl Equitation Classic Champion. Maggie was also privileged to represent the United States riding for the US in Monteray, Mexico and South Africa.

Maggie transitioned into a top professional after completing her junior career. Since then, Maggie has accumulated top awards all around the country. She guided her horse Jubulent to a 2nd place finish at AGA Finals. Maggie continues her success as a hunter rider, leading Pony Lane Farm to USEF Leading Hunter Owner in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Along with 2009 Leading Hunter Rider at Pennsylvania National Horse Show and Sycracuse International Horse Show, 2011 Champion at Washington International Horse Show, 2012 Reserve Champion at Pennsylvania National Horse Show, as well as Multiple National and Circuit Championships in both Hunter and Jumper Divisions. One of Maggie's proudest accomplishment has been the continued success of her beloved thoroughbred Thomas Edison capturing the Touch of Class Top Show Jumping Throughbreed Award in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Maggie also is a top trainer, helping Pony Lane Farm, Maddy and Kelsey Thatcher in their progression from Ponies to the ranks of Grand Prix International Riders. Kelsey Thatcher aboard Gianni won Horse of the Year in 2009 in the Older Large Junior Hunters as well as capturing the Low NAL Junior Amateur Finals and the year end points winner. Maddy Thatcher qualified and competed in the WCHR Hunter Spectatular Classic, won a National Hunter Derby and has had numerous double clean rounds in Grand Prixs across the country. Maggie continues to enjoy not only helping the girls in the show ring, but also being a guiding role model in their lives.