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Natasha Sirjusingh and Kentucky IV Win the $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Finals

Harrisburg, PA—October 18, 2003— Less than two seconds determined the top three places in the last North American League (NAL) event of the 2003 season, the $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Finals, at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

The top three riders negotiated the only double clears among the starting field of 29, and Natasha Sirjusingh of Brookville, MD, and Kentucky IV went the fastest, in a time of 28.041 seconds. Second place went to Lousiana, owned and ridden by Lauren Tisbo of Barrington, IL, who was just a tick slower in a time of 28.072. The third spot went to Rochee 7 and Aime Rosenthal of Chagrin Falls, OH, in 29.446 seconds.

Although Kentucky IV needed some encouragement to get around the first time, Sirjusingh could not find fault with him. “He’s perfect,” Sirjusingh beamed. “I owe everything to him.”

The pair has only been campaigning together since April, but Sirjusingh has complete faith in Kentucky IV’s abilities.

“I know what he is capable of,” said Sirjusingh of her 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood. “I just trust him to take care of me. There’s always an element of luck and today was my lucky day”.

Sirjusingh, 24, is a working student at Rolling Acress Farm with Mary Lisa Leffler, as well as an accounting major at the University of Maryland. Her goal is to become a grand prix rider full time, but it might take a while. Sirjusingh can only work in the U.S. six months each year and then must return to her home country of Bermuda, where her parents were anxiously awaiting to hear the results of the North American League Championship Final.

“I am going to call my parents right away,” she said.

The North American League (NAL) runs season-long series in six hunter-jumper divisions – Children’s Hunter, Children’s 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 2004, please see the Ryegate Show Services website at


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