American League Gears Up For Spring
Annville, PAMay 1, 2003 With the winter circuits wrapped
up, the North American League (NAL) looks toward its spring events
with great enthusiasm. The winter proved to be exciting as thousands
of horses and riders continued their quest to qualify for the NAL
finals, which will be held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
in October. As of April 24, 2003, strong leaders have emerged in
each of the divisions and the standings continue to take shape.
In the hunter divisions, riders have proven that this will be an
intense year with the leaders in both the Childrens Hunter
and Adult Amateur Hunter divisions having well over 1,000 points
accumulated already. Molly Cole of Lutherville, MD, and Masquerade
lead in the Childrens Hunter division with 1,915 points. Jessica
Paterno of Boca Raton, FL, and Magical Moments, follow in the standings
with 1,542 points.
the Adult Amateur Hunter division, Donna Strove of Wilmette, IL,
and Flagar, lead with 1,586 points. Following her are Susan Brong
of Atlanta, GA, and Cowboy, who have accumulated 1,315 points.
The Childrens Jumper Division has also proven to be extremely
competitive this year as the leaders have created high standards.
Alexa Weinert of Barrington Hills, IL, and Luck Be A Lady, seem
to be following the same track as they did last year, which led
the pair to the top of the 2002 standings. Weinert and her mare
have earned 1,890 points so far this year. Sitting in second place
in the standings is Lauren Quiroz of St. Charles, IL, and Solo.
This pair has a total of 1,737 points.
Patty Van Housen, a name well known in the Adult Amateur Jumper
division, is also following the precedent that she set for herself
last year, when she topped the 2002 standings. Van Housen of Mequon,
IL, and IMA Good 1-2, lead this years standings with 1,257
points. Hot on her trail, however, is Amy Noffsinger of Cincinnati,
OH, and Campello, with 1,210 points.
Caroline Woods of Ft. Myers, FL, leads the Pony Jumper division
with Longacre Lavender. This pair has accumulated 544.5 points.
In second place is Jennifer Waxmann of Chagrin Falls, OH, and Just
Have Fun, with 362 points.
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. The NAL qualifying
period runs from September 1, 2002 through August 31, 2003. Riders
need not be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying classes,
but only current members earn points toward year-end finals.
more information and a list of qualifying competitions for 2003,
please see the Ryegate Show Services website at www.ryegate.com.