Plaidcast 378: Maggie McAlary, Laura Connaway & Dr. Sandra Gregory by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services

Plaidcast Episode 378 Maggie McAlary Laura Connaway Dr. Sandra Gregory by Taylor


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Piper speaks with rider and trainer Maggie McAlary about her career and splitting her time between Europe and the United States. Working amateur riders Laura Connaway and Dr. Sandra Gregory also join to talk about how they help each other to make horse shows within their busy careers. Brought to you by Taylor, Harris Insurance Services. Listen in!


  • Host: Piper Klemm of The Plaid Horse Magazine
  • Guest: Maggie McAlary is a 34 year old show jumper and trainer originally from New Hampshire and now splits her time between Wellington Florida and Antwerp Belgium. Following a successful pony and junior career with highlights including the youngest ever winner of the USEF pony medal finals, winner of the USEF medal finals, ASPCA Maclay finals and team gold and individual silver medal at NAYRC she attended Auburn University where she competed as part of their NCAA equestrian team earning SEC championship wins, a national championship win as well as being a two time academic All American. Turning professional after graduation she worked with some of the top riders in the world including; Francois Mathy, Darragh Kenny, Double H Farm and Ben Maher. She considers jumping for Team USA at the CSIO 5* Spruce Meadow Masters as a standout professional moment. After years of building her resume and skill set she started McAlary LLC at the start of 2022, focusing on developing riders and horses. 
  • Guest: Laura Connaway is the founder and president of Connaway & Associates Equine Insurance Services, Inc. Laura is also an amateur grand prix show jumper that has competed several horses that she bred herself. 
  • Guest: Dr. Sandra Gregory is an amateur equestrian, part-time equine photographer, and an ABR Board Certified Radiation Oncologist based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Dr. Sandy is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Georgia. Sandy has worked in hospitals and cancer treatment centers in major cities including Memphis, Tennessee and the greater Atlanta area.
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  • Photo Credit: Shelby Phillips Photography, Sportfot, Andrew Ryback Photography
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