Articles: Press Release
Lara McPherson and Tenerife Win NAL Adult Hunter Finals
At Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810,
Jamie Saults (732) 580-0918, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harrisburg, PA - (October 20, 2006) - Lara McPherson and Tenerife capped off
a dream year to win the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Hunter
Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA.
McPherson and "Henry" as he is called around the barn came to Harrisburg as
the top qualifiers in the division. They continued their winning ways in the
first round receiving the highest score of 87 points out of 31 competitors.
"It was a relief," said the McLean, VA resident. "It's always nice to have
a good first round. I knew after the first jump that we were going to have
a good day."
That feeling may have been premature. The pair scored an 83 in the second
round, which was not the best. Fortunately, the combined tally of 170
points kept McPherson and Tenerife at the top of the leader board.
Maddox and Lissa Bachner of Baltimore, MD came close to unseating the
champions. The pair was the judge's favorite in the second round receiving
84 points, but their first round score of 83 left Maddox and Bachner with a
combined score of 167 points and second place. McPherson had only one thing
"He was perfect," said McPherson of the seven-year-old Dutch Warmblood. "He
couldn't have done anything more."
This was the fourth appearance for McPherson in the NAL. Her previous
record included two seventh place finishes and a fifth last year.
"The NAL is great," said McPherson. "Harrisburg is one of my favorite horse
shows and the NAL program gives us a chance to get here. They have done a
The North American League (NAL) runs season-long series in six hunter-jumper
divisions - Children's Hunter, Children's Jumper, Adult Hunter, presented by
Practical Horseman, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper and Open Jumper Speed. The
qualifying period kicks off on September 1 and runs through August 31. Top
riders in the final series standings are allowed to compete in a
championship final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show each 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, a list of qualifying competitions and results, visit the
Ryegate Show Services website at www.Ryegate.com.
1. Tenerife Lara McPherson
2. Maddox Lissa Bachner
3. Eye Remember Rio Victoria Watters Leblond 166
4. Ebony Lissa Bachner
5. Lordante Dee McDuffee
6. Dubya Elizabeth Sponseller
7. Tapestry Donna Struve
8. Riesling Cheryl Rubenstein
9. Walkabout Rosalie Morton
10. Moonshine CaraWalinsky
11. Overseas Mindy Wurzburg
12. Talisker Jessica Ianello