American League Standings After Florida Season
Annville, PAApril 12, 2002The Florida season was a busy
time for riders looking to qualify for the North American League
(NAL) Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg,
PA in October. Classes for the NALs six divisionsChildrens
Hunter, Adult Hunter, Childrens Jumper, Adult Jumper, Pony
Jumper, and Open Jumperwere held at both the Cosequin Winter
Equestrian Festival and the Littlewood Winter Circuit in Wellington,
FL in February and March. The NAL Series includes classes at hundreds
of horse shows across the United States and Canada and the 2002
season runs from September 1, 2001 through August 31, 2002.
the NAL Open Speed Division, McLain Ward of Brewster, NY has opened
up an impressive 2500-plus point lead in the standings as of April
5 over second place rider Todd Minikus of Loxahatchee, FL. Ward,
who captured the 2001 $25,000 NAL Open Speed Final at Harrisburg,
won the NAL Open Speed classes at the Cosequin Wellington Finale
in Wellington, FL and the Tampa Bay Classic in Tampa, FL. With strong
placings on the Florida Circuit as well, Jeffery Welles moved up
on the leader board to fourth place, only scant points behind third
place rider, Alison Firestone.
races in the Pony, Childrens and Adult Divisions, however,
are much tighter. In the NAL Pony Jumpers, only twelve points separate
leader Sarah Tredennick of Littleton, CO and her mount, Just Have
Fun, from Ryan Sassmannshausen of St. Charles, IL and Alexanders
Coco. Erica Eggert from Tabernacle, NJ with Snapshot stands third.
Leading the NAL Adult Jumper standings by 300-plus points is Julie
Karpan from Micanopy, FL with her mount, Four Seasons. Nashea Powell
from Jacksonville, FL with The Wiz currently stands second and Chris
Richards from Arlington, TN with Foxtrot Echo stands third.
In the NAL Childrens Jumper Standings, Taryn Notle from Gwynedd
Valley, PA is the current leader with her mount, Nacho Mama. Carolyn
Kelly from New York, NY and Brave Heart stand second. Alesandra
Perna from New Rochelle, NY with Tiny Toon stands third.
In the hunters, Laurie Stevens holds the top spot in the NAL Adult
Hunter Standings. Stevens, of Long Grove, IL, won two out of the
three NAL classes in which she competed during the Littlewood Winter
Circuit. Standing second is Lindsay Ianello of Lake Forest, IL with
Classical and currently in third is Clare Martin of Atlanta, GA
Morgan Conroy of Fort Lauderdale, FL is leading the NAL Childrens
Division with her mount, Joli Harmoni. Standing second and third
are, respectively, Alexa Davis of Santa Rosa Beach, FL with Sister
Act and Heather A. Padella of Traverse City, MI with Just Like Magic.
Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in the qualifying
classes that will continue throughout the spring and summer, but
only current members earn points towards the year-end finals. Membership
applications must be received at the League Office within 10 days
of the completion of an event for points from that event to count.
The annual fee is $20 per rider.
For membership applications, class specifications, upcoming qualifying
competitions, and current standings, please visit www.ryegate.com.
For further information, please contact Ryegate Show Services at
(717) 867-5643, fax to (717) 867-2174, or email NAL@Ryegate.com.