Articles: Press Release
Florida Riders Lead the Way in East Coast Standings
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Annville, PA—June 4, 2001—Three Florida residents hold the lead in their
respective divisions in the North American League Children’s and Adult
Hunter and Jumper standings with points calculated through June 1.
Two residents from the horsey Mecca of Wellington top the adult divisions:
Jane Hosack and Nancy Hooker.
After solid performances in April and May, Hosack took the lead in the
Eastern Adult Hunter division over Wisconsin duo Cool Under Fire and Lisa
A.H. Cudahy who now stand tied for fifth with 925 points. Currently, Hosack
has stretched her lead in the division to 1,877 points aboard her Corrino.
Hot on their heels is Jack D. Schock of Middleburg, Va., who has 1,116
points. Schock, a mortgage banker, and his recently acquired King Of Hearts,
an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood-Thoroughbred cross, didn’t take long to
establish a strong partnership. They’ve earned top ribbons at many shows
this spring, including those in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
"I’ve done the NAL Adult Hunter Classic three times and have two firsts (St.
Christophers and Blue Rock Horse Shows in Pennsylvania) and a fourth," said
Schock. "The NAL Finals are a goal I had for the year. But I’ve had to go up
North to find the classes. I wish more shows in our area would have these
classes. With my horses, if I set goals it makes my year more exciting and
In the Eastern Adult Jumper Division, Nancy Hooker and Kaiser continue to
hold a slim lead (4,484 points) over Presto and Eleanor Bright, Dover, MA,
with 4, 450.
Hooker, 39, has been partnered with the Dutch Warmblood gelding for four
years. She’s fond of the NAL classes because the system compensates the
adult riders who have other life commitments. Hooker combines her
family—husband Tim and children Charlie, 9, and Heather, 7—with her passion
“I go out there and just have fun,” said Hooker. “Then, late in the summer I
’ll decide whether to do the finals. I have children in school, so I’ll see
if their schedule will allow me the time.”
Like Hosack, Florida rider Lauren Widner leads the way in her division over
a Virginia rider. Widner of Jacksonville and her Take A Chance have garnered
1,633 points in the Eastern Children’s Hunter Division to hold first place
over Sloane Coles, The Plains, Va., who rides Flight Commander. Coles
shouldn’t be counted out, however. The 12-year-old has been accumulating
lots of points this spring and also holds fourth place aboard Merolien with
There’s still no stopping the Scott sisters of Brookfield, WI, in the
Eastern Pony Jumper Division. Kathleen and her younger sister Kasandra hold
the top four spots.
High Meadow’s Mambo No. 5, last year’s winner of the inaugural NAL Pony
Jumper Finals, held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, remains the
division leader with Kathleen. High Meadows Mambo No. 5, who was imported by
Scott’s trainer Alex Jayne, Wellington, FL, is a 14.2-hand Belgian
Warmblood. Kathleen and the 11-year-old gelding have 1,050 points, just
ahead of Kasandra and High Meadow’s Mack The Knife who have 766 points.
Kasandra also stands third with Alexander’s Coco (341.5 points),
while Kathleen holds fourth with High Meadow’s Jake The Snake (335.5
In the Eastern Children’s Jumper standings, Leigh Healey, 15, of Mt. Holly,
NJ, and Ideal still dominate their division standings with 6,080 points.
Their nearest competitor, After Midnight and Addison Phillips, stand a
distant second with 3,430 points.
Healey, a long-time equitation rider, had never competed in the jumper
divisions until she became partnered with Ideal last winter in Florida.
After convincing her parents to purchase the 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood, the
pair have become top contenders in the children’s jumpers under the tutelage
of Beacon Hill Show Stables in Colts Neck, NJ.
Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in any
qualifying classes, but only current members will earn points toward
year-end finals. The annual fee is $20 per rider. Membership must be
received at the League Office, within 10 days of the completion of an event
for points from that event to count.
Riders may join at a show and give to the show secretary for points from
that show to count, however exhibitors are encouraged to mail the
application themselves. For more information and a list of qualifying
competitions, please see the Ryegate Show Services website at
The finals for all sections will be held during the Pennsylvania National
Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, during the month of October. In addition to
earning points to qualify for the finals, the NAL also offers Regional Shows
where riders can qualify for the finals based on their performance in the
The following shows have each accepted the invitation to be a NAL Regional
Show: Zone 1: Vermont Summer Festival (Sugarbush Horse Show) – August 1-5,
Waitsfield, VT; Zone 2: Quentin Riding Club Fall Horse Show - August
30-September 3, Quentin, PA; Zone 3: Biltmore Summer Classic II - July
18-22, Asheville, NC; Zone 4: Chateau Elan Summer - August 24-26,
Braselton, GA; Zone 5: Blue Grass Festival - August 15-19, Lexington, KY.