Articles: Press Release
Jordan Merchlinski and The Silver Fox Win The $10,000 NAL Adult Jumper Final
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Harrisburg, PA-October 20, 2002-Jordan Merchlinski of Narvon, PA took
top honors in the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Jumper
Finals riding The Silver Fox at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on
Merchlinski and her ten year-old Thoroughbred mare were the fastest of
two double clears, clinching the title in a time of 28.674 seconds.
Rebecca Green of Whitehouse, NJ and Johnny Bravo tried to beat their
time, but were a little too slow, finishing second in a time of 30.880.
Merchlinski and "Gypsy," as her mare is affectionately called, went
early in the line-up, which meant they had to wait a long time for the
jump-off. It was a difficult time for the pair.
"I liked going early in the first round after we went clean,
but then we had to wait a long time to see how many made the jump-off,"
said Merchlinski. "It was so stressful. That also meant we had to come
back first for the jump-off, which was really hard."
Merchlinski and The Silver Fox, qualified for the NAL six years ago in
the Children's Jumper division, but did not do as well. The 23-year-old
flight attendant was thrilled with their improved performance.
"I still can't believe we won," said Merchlinski. "This is so great."
The North American League (NAL) 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 2003, please see the Ryegate Show Services