Articles: Press Release
NAL Crowns Division Winners
Wurzburg, Jefferies, Chapot, Straw-Colella, Waters and Solomon Finish As Division
Contact: Michelle Riggs, (508) 698-6810 or
Annville, PA-October 3, 2008-In the competition for top positions and places in
the 2008 North American League (NAL) six top riders emerge division winners. All
six were invited to compete at the NAL Finals held at the Pennsylvania National
Horse Show, October 9 - 18.
The NAL runs season-long series in six hunter-jumper divisions - Adult Hunter, presented
by Practical Horseman, Children's Hunter, Open Jumper Speed, Adult Jumper, Children's
Jumper and Pony Jumper. All horses competing in the NAL finals earn U.S. Equestrian
Federation Horse-of-the-Year points.
The NAL qualifying period started September 1, 2007 and ended August 31, 2008.
While riders did not need to be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying
classes, only current members earned points toward year-end finals.
In the NAL Adult Hunter division, presented by Practical Horseman, Mindy Wurzburg
of Memphis, TN, and Overseas won with 4,458 points. In second with 3,929 points
was Katie Meagher of Virginia Beach, VA, piloting Keep The Faith. Following Meagher
in third place with 3,188 points was Cheryl Rubenstein of Memphis, TN, aboard Riesling.
With 6,117.5 points, Kelsey Jefferies of Catlett, VA, and Protocol won the Children's
Hunter division. David Oberkircher of Ft.Washington, PA, and Loretta followed in
the standings with 4,778 points. With 3,582 points, Megan Brodbeck of Spring Grove,
PA, finished in third with her mount, A Bit of Gold.
In the jumper divisions, the battle for top spots in the Open Speed division really
heated up with many of this country's top horses competing for the right to ride
in the NAL Finals. Finishing on top with 9,160 points was Laura Chapot of Neshanic
Station, NJ. In second was Hillary Dobbs of Sussex, NJ, with 8,455 points. In
third with 6,135 points was Olympic veteran Margie Engle. Points in the Open Speed
division are awarded for riders only, based on their best finish in a class regardless
of the horse on which the finish was obtained.
Emily Straw-Colella of Alpharetta, GA, rode Filibuster to win Adult Jumper division
with 5,266 points. Following in second place with 4,689 points was Katherine Edgell
of Mendham, NJ, and Miss Kitty and in third were Hayley Carlson of Allentown, NJ,
and T Naralda with 3,592 points.
Topping the Children's Jumper division standings were Hayley Waters of Sparr, FL,
and Rocky, who had 5,877 points. Waters also finished in second place with a total
of 5,398 points with Houston. Rounding out the top three was Claudia Billups of
Gulfport, MS, with 5,292 points riding Gustav.
In the Pony Jumper division, Elizabeth Solomon of Huntingdon Valley, PA, and Hip-Hop
sat atop the standings with 527 points. Abbie Ross of Wheaton, IL, finished second
aboard TNT with 460 points. Carter Ware of Middleburg, VA, was in second with 392
points aboard Tequila.
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For more information on the North American League, please visit the Ryegate Show
Services website at www.Ryegate.com.