Max Amaya is from Buenos Aires, Argentina where he competed extensively in the South American Grand Prix division before coming to North America in 1992 to work for prestigious Canadian Grand Prix rider, Mario Deslauriers. Amaya began showing internationally in 1996 and by 2001 he had taken over the head training position at Synergy Stables in Colts Neck, NJ. Here Amaya began to work in conjunction with esteemed trainers Frank and Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables and only a few years later in 2006, he established an independent business, Stonehenge Stables. At Stonehenge Stables, Amaya spends his time developing horses and riders with the goal of reaching their respective maximum potentials. Amaya also focuses on producing elite riders and aiding them as they make the transition from competing nationally to competing internationally at the most prestigious and coveted competitions.
In terms of his own professional accomplishments, Amaya began riding his career’s paramount horse to date, Church Road, in 2003. With “Goldie” Amaya placed in over fifty important Grand Prix competitions. Most notably, in 2005, he placed second in the EMO Grand Prix at HITS and fourth in the prestigious Gold Cup Grand Prix. Further, in 2006 he was second in the historic Devon Grand Prix and competed in the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany where he holds the record for highest placed Argentine in history. In 2007, Amaya finished his successful career with “Goldie” by participating in the Pan American Games held in Rio, Brazil. In addition to his individual success he has had the honor on fifteen occasions to compete in Nation Cup competitions on behalf of Argentina.
Amaya has shared his great success with his students who comprise a noticeable block of the Nation’s top riders in the junior, amateur, and professional divisions. To name a few, Chelsea Moss, Christy Distefano, Jacqueline Lubrano and Jessica Springsteen have all been leaders of ranking lists for both the equitation and jumper divisions. In 2009, both Springsteen and Moss were a part of the Zone II gold medal winning team while Lubrano competed for the Zone II silver medal winning team at the North American Young Rider Championships. Springsteen won both the ASPCA Maclay Championship and the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals. Further, Springsteen finished 10th in one of the world’s most prestigious grand prix classes, the Queen Elizabeth Cup in Spruce Meadows, Canada. Springsteen also placed in the inaugural Pfizer Million Dollar HITS Grand Prix in Saugerties, NY.
Brianne Goutal began training with Amaya in 2002. She was the main subject of the Animal Planet mini-series, The Road to the Maclay. To date, she is the only person to have won all four Equitation Finals; in 2004 Goutal won the United States Equestrian Talent Search Finals and the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals and in 2005 the Pessoa/USEF Hunter Seat Medal finals and the ASPCA Maclay Championship. Also between 2004 and 2005, she won the Ronnie Mutch Equitation Championship, was twice a member of the gold medal winning Zone II team at the North American Young Riders Championships, was the individual gold winning rider of the NAYRC, and was a member of the gold medal winning team as well as the individual winner of Prix Des States. Finally, Goutal was honored with two important awards, the United States Equestrian Federation Award for Junior Rider of the Year and the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy.
She continued her successes from 2006 until present by winning the North American League Speed Finals, the Preis der Sparkasse grand prix in Pforzheim, Germany, and the RV Sales of Broward Grand Prix of Lake Placid. Other important finishes include second in the Hampton Classic Grand Prix and third in the Washington international Horse Show Presidents Cup. Finally, Goutal has represented the United States on five occasions in Nations Cup appearances, four of which saw gold medals. She continues to train with Amaya, developing her own skills as well as those of young horses and hoping to achieve future successes.
To conclude, Amaya’s commitment to the competitive show jumping world is not only discerned in the show ring but also is evident in the time he spends serving on the Board of Directors of the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) and as a member of the association’s Youth Council. Amaya dedicates his time and expertise to developing winning and fulfilling careers of both riders and horses.