Articles: Press Release
Out to Sea Captures the $10,000 NAL Adult Hunter Finals
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Harrisburg, PA-October 18, 2002-Shawna Stout of Middleburg, VA and Out
To Sea won the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Hunter Finals
at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Friday. The pair defeated
Meghan Garland of Chambersburg, PA, and Swan Lake's Arox by only one
point to claim the title.
This is the first time competing at Harrisburg for both Stout and her
10-year-old Thoroughbred gelding. Stout could not believe their
"This is so exciting," said Stout. "He was perfect in spite
of his mom. I knew he would go in and jump around, I was just hoping I
would be good enough."
Stout and Out To Sea received the highest score in the first round of 27
entries, but fared less well in the second round of twelve. Stout
blames it on nerves.
"Coming back on top made me nervous," said Stout. "It gave me too much
time to think. I was just hoping I could hold it together. I need to
practice coming back for a second round under pressure."
Out To Sea or "Tivo" as he is affectionately called, had not
shown for three years, enjoying life as a lawn ornament while Stout
competed on her Amateur-Owner horse.
"I pulled Tivo out of the field to compete in the NAL," said
Stout. "He is such a great horse, he is always going to be with me, I
could never sell him."
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