Articles: Press Release
John Anderson Edges McLain Ward To Win AmeriChoice NAL Speed Challenge At Winter Equestrian Festival
Mason Phelps, Jr. or Beverly Lake Wilkes at (561) 753-3389 or at
Wellington, FL - January 24, 2003 -Canadian Equestrian Team veteran John
Anderson of Calgary, Alberta edged McLain Ward of Brewster, NY by three
tenths of a second to win the $5,000 AmeriChoice NAL Speed Challenge
Friday at the 2003 Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF).
Friday's featured attraction at the Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington
Classic, the opening horse show of this year's WEF, saw Anderson take an
early lead. The 13th of 69 to try the one-round course at Palm Beach
Polo Equestrian Club, he finished in 61.123 seconds on Nesbitt Burns
Anderson's lead held up for the rest of the day with the closest
challenge coming from Ward, the 2002 NAL Open Speed Champion. Ward rode
Sporting United to a time of 61.463 seconds to narrowly miss the win.
Finishing third was Laura Chapot of Neshanic Station, NJ with a time of
61.658 seconds on Little Big Man.
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 website at
Tickets to the Winter Equestrian Festival are available by phone at
793-JUMP or at the gate. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Children 12 &
under are free all days. Senior admission is $5 every day. Adult
admission is $5 on Thursday and Friday, $10 on Saturday, and $15 on
Sunday. Parking is free.
Final results of all WEF classes are posted at
Photos available upon request