Merchlinski and The Silver Fox Win The $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper
PAOctober 20, 2002Jordan Merchlinski of Narvon, PA took
top honors in the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Jumper
Finals riding The Silver Fox at the Pennsylvania National Horse
Show on Saturday.
and her ten year-old Thoroughbred mare were the fastest of two double
clears, clinching the title in a time of 28.674 seconds. Rebecca
Green of Whitehouse, NJ and Johnny Bravo tried to beat their time,
but were a little too slow, finishing second in a time of 30.880.
and Gypsy, as her mare is affectionately called, went
early in the line-up, which meant they had to wait a long time for
the jump-off. It was a difficult time for the pair.
liked going early in the first round after we went clean, but then
we had to wait a long time to see how many made the jump-off,
said Merchlinski. It was so stressful. That also meant we
had to come back first for the jump-off, which was really hard.
and The Silver Fox, qualified for the NAL six years ago in the Childrens
Jumper division, but did not do as well. The 23-year-old flight
attendant was thrilled with their improved performance.
still cant believe we won, said Merchlinski. This
is so great.
The North American League (NAL) runs season long series in six hunter
jumper divisions Childrens Hunter, Childrens
Jumper, Adult Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper and Open Jumper
Speed. Each series culminates with a championship final at the Pennsylvania
National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA in October. Riders need not
be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying classes, but
only current members earn points toward year-end finals. For more
information and a list of qualifying competitions for 2003, please
see the Ryegate Show Services website at www.Ryegate.com.