to Sea Captures the $10,000 NAL Adult Hunter Finals
PAOctober 18, 2002Shawna Stout of Middleburg, VA and
Out To Sea won the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Hunter
Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Friday. The pair
defeated Meghan Garland of Chambersburg, PA, and Swan Lakes
Arox by only one point to claim the title.
is the first time competing at Harrisburg for both Stout and her
10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Stout could not believe their
is so exciting, said Stout. He was perfect in spite
of his mom. I knew he would go in and jump around, I was just hoping
I would be good enough.
and Out To Sea received the highest score in the first round of
27 entries, but fared less well in the second round of twelve. Stout
blames it on nerves.
back on top made me nervous, said Stout. It gave me
too much time to think. I was just hoping I could hold it together.
I need to practice coming back for a second round under pressure.
Out To Sea or Tivo as he is affectionately called, had
not shown for three years, enjoying life as a lawn ornament while
Stout competed on her Amateur-Owner horse.
pulled Tivo out of the field to compete in the NAL, said Stout.
He is such a great horse, he is always going to be with me,
I could never sell him.
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.