Articles: Press Release
Mclain Ward Wins NAL $25,000 Open Jumper Speed Finals
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
Harrisburg, PA-October 19, 2001-McLain Ward of Brewster, NY and his
Dutch Warmblood Fior clinched the North American League $25,000 Open
Jumper Speed Finals in a winning time of 64.179 seconds at the
Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Friday evening. Ward was the last
to go in the field of 23 riders, which proved to be the key to victory.
"I think the order helped me win the class," said Ward. "I was able to
see where I could make up time, because to be honest, Aaron looked
Ward earned his valuable position by coming into the competition as the
leader in the 2001 NAL Open Speed Point Standings. The order of go was
determined by reverse order of merit with the highest in the standings
Aaron Vale of Camden, SC, went fifth in the order riding the Australian
Thoroughbred Nonixleparc, owned by Millstream, setting an incredibly
fast mark of 65.400 seconds. Vale was feeling pretty confident as rider
after rider failed to beat his time -- until Ward.
"I went early and put in a good trip, but got beat at the end," said
Vale. "I couldn't take all the chances that McLain could by going last,
so all I could do was put in a good trip and see if it held up. It
almost did. I got beat at the end, but that's what makes it exciting."
There North American League (NAL) Finals conclude on Saturday with the
$10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Finals featuring the top 30 horse/rider
combinations that have qualified throughout the previous year.
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