Youp And Leslie Howard Win the $5,000 NAL 1.4 m Americhoice Challenge
by 8/10s of a Second.
FL February 21, 2003 The NAL Americhoice Challenge
is a speed class and Youp with Leslie Howard up won in record time.
This was a huge class with 86 entries vying to be the quickest with
no faults over a course designed by Olaf Petersen of Germany. Seventeen
horses had fault-free rounds but Leslie and Youp were the fastest
and were only 8/10th s of a second faster than Joe Fargis riding
Diams III for Mary B. Schwab and O.E.J.I. Farm.
North American League (NAL) runs season-long series in six hunter
and 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
visit the Ryegate Show Services website at www.Ryegate.com.
Judge, Sue Ashe, who travels all over the nation to judge said the
caliber of hunter performances here at the Winter Equestrian Festival
are the very best in the country. If your horse wins here, it is
quite a distinction.
Wendy Lewis emerged as Champion in the 33 Adult Hunters with
her horse Forget Paris. Reserve Champion was Enrique with Kym Smith
in the hunters today, the pre-green divisions were many. Pre-Green
Champion Noir is ridden by Ken Smith for Mrs. Quentin Alexander/Eutropia
Farm. Pre-Green Champion 3-4 Year Old is Music Street with Scott
Stewart riding for Alexa Weisman. Pre-Green 3 Foot Champion is Tucker
with owner/rider Morgan Thomas. In the Pre-Green 33, there
were 2 sections; Smart Society with Sandy Ferrell riding for Jack
Stedding was Champion in the A Section. Oh So Fine was Champion
in the Section B with Scott Stewart riding for Melissa Frey.
Morrissey who is trained by Missy Clark beat 66 entries to win the
Washington International Equitation Class today. Michael was second
in this class last week and is proving to be a domineering contender
in the equitation ranks. He has also begun competing in the big
jumper classes with Gera 28.
results are posted at www.stadiumjumping.com.
to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at 793-JUMP
or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15
on Sunday. Parking is free.
Equestrian Festival Dates:
week runs Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM)
Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters February 19 23
Tommy Bahama Palm Beach Open February 26 March 2
Cosequin Wellington Finale March 5 9
Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic March 13
March 9, competitors move to Tampa to continue the Winter Equestrian
for Tampa Winter Equestrian Festival
week of competition runs Wed - Sun beginning at 8:00 AM)
Internationale March 13-16
Tampa Bay Classic March 19-23 CSI***/W
Tournament of Champions March 25-29 CSI**/W
Budweiser American Invitational March 29 in Raymond James Stadium
for Winter Equestrian Festival at Tampa Fairgrounds are Wednesday
through Friday $5. Children under 12 years are free. Saturday and
Sunday Adult tickets are $10. Seniors and Students are $5 all days.
For schedule, directions and information visit www.stadiumjumping.com.
for the Budweiser American Invitational, March 29 at Raymond James
Stadium are available at Ticket Master (813) 287-8844 or at Stadium
Jumping (877) 909-9436.