Articles: Press Release
Byron Wins $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Finals
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harrisburg, PA-October 20, 2001-Carrie Healy of Tallahassee, FL and her
Dutch Warmblood, Byron, negotiated the only double clear in a field of
31, to win the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Jumper Finals
at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Saturday.
The victory was even more impressive because this was Healy's first year
as an adult rider, first year in the North American League and the first
time at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, but Healy was not
"I knew that if I was intimidated that I would get nervous," said Healy.
"So I just tried to relax and have fun. I knew that if I put in a good
ride, we would be in the ribbons."
The 19-year-old honor student from the University of Florida, trained by
Randy Eeckhout and Traci Weston, qualified for the NAL Finals in just
one horse show which was a goal for Healy.
"I couldn't chase points, but I thought it would be great if we
qualified, said Healy. "We went to a show with 40 horses in it and that
was good enough."
Healy, who has only owned Byron for one and a half years, gives all the
credit to her 8-year-old gelding.
"He's great, he's incredible," said Healy. "He made me realize how much
fun it can be."
The North American League runs season long series in six
hunter jumper divisions - Children's Hunter, Children's 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 2002, please see the Ryegate Show Services
website at www.Ryegate.com .