Annville, PA-May 17, 2001-There's no stopping the Scott sisters of
Brookfield, WI. Kathleen and her younger sister Kasandra dominate the North
American League Pony Jumper Eastern Division standings as their four ponies
hold the top four spots with points calculated through May 11.
High Meadow's Mambo No. 5, last year's winner of the inaugural NAL Pony
Jumper Finals, held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, still remains
the division leader with Kathleen. High Meadows Mambo No. 5, who was
imported by Scott's trainer Alex Jayne, Wellington, FL, is a 14.2-hand
Belgian Warmblood. Kathleen and the 11-year-old gelding have 1,050 points,
just ahead of Kasandra and High Meadow's Mack The Knife who have 766 points.
Kasandra also stands third with Alexander's Coco (341.5 points),
while Kathleen holds fourth with High Meadow's Jake The Snake (335.5
In the Pony Jumper Western Division standings, Claire Rozran and
Chocolate Chip still hold the lead with 112 points, just 9 points ahead of
Drum Taps and Will Dede.
In the Western Children's Jumper standings, Sultan and Kristen
Mill have taken the lead with 1,625 points over second-placed Starburst and
Whitney McCaslin who have 1,183 points.
In the Eastern Children's Jumper standings, Leigh Healey, 15, of Mt. Holly,
NJ, and Ideal have leaped to the top of the standings with 6,080 points.
Their nearest competitor, After Midnight and Addison Phillips, stand a
distant second with 3,430 points.
Healey had never competed in the jumper division until last year when she
catch-rode Ideal in Florida. After convincing her parents to purchase the
9-year-old Dutch Warmblood, she and her mountr have become top contenders in
the children's jumpers under the tutelage of Beacon Hill Show Stables in
Colts Neck, NJ.
In the Eastern Adult Jumper Division, Nancy Hooker and Kaiser
continue to hold a slim lead (4,484 points) over Presto and Eleanor Bright
with 4, 450.
Hooker, 39, of Wellington, FL, has been partnered with the bay gelding for
four years. 'He's on his second career,' she said. 'He is a former grand
prix horse for Enrique Sarasola. He's done the Olympic Trials and World Cup
Hooker is fond of the NAL classes because the system compensates the adult
riders who have other life commitments. 'When you're riding in the big
classes it's nice to get the extra points,' said Hooker.
Troy Linback, Mudelein, IL, husband of top amateur-owner jumper
rider Laura Linback, stands on top of the Western Adult Jumper division.
Together, he and Caravelle have accrued 2,602 points. Countdown and Attila
Lemperger, of Hartland, WI, with 2,522 points, aren't far behind, though.
In the hunter divisions, another Wisconsin duo, Cool Under Fire
and Lisa A.H. Cudahy, Milwaukee, WI, have now dropped to second in the
Eastern Adult Division with 925 points. Jane Hosack, of Akron, NY, has taken
a commanding lead in the division with 1,737 points aboard her Corrino.
In the Western Adult Division, two Illinois-based riders lead
the way. Tariff Time and Judy Lefferdink, Riverwoods, stand on top with
1,220 points to Janet Priesz, Crystal Lake, with Honor System. They have 932
In the Western Children's Hunter Division the race is tight as
three competitors are within 40 points. Callie Shott, Versailles, KY, has
moved into the lead with Look At This with 920 points, but hot on their
heels are Anna Schierholz and Paparazzi, who have 900 points. And just 20
points back are Broadway Nights and Nicole L. Deschler with 880 points.
In the Eastern Children's Hunter Division, Take A Chance and Lauren Widner
have moved to a solid lead (1,633 points) over Sloane Coles and Flight
Commander (1,344 points). Coles shouldn't be counted out, however. The
12-year-old from The Plains, VA, has been accumulating lots of points this
spring and also holds fourth place aboard Merolien with 1,084 points.
Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in any
qualifying classes, but only current members will earn points toward
year-end finals. The annual fee is $20 per rider. Membership must be
received at the League Office, within 10 days of the completion of an event
for points from that event to count.
Riders may join at a show with the show secretary for points from that show
to count, however exhibitors are encouraged to mail the application
themselves. For more information and a list of qualifying competitions,
please see the Ryegate Show Services website at www.Ryegate.com
The finals for all sections will be held during the Pennsylvania National
Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, during the month of October. In addition to
earning points to qualify for the finals, the NAL also offers Regional Shows
where riders can qualify for the finals based on their performance in the
The following shows have accepted the invitation to be a NAL Regional Show:
Zone 1: Vermont Summer Festival (Sugarbush Horse Show) August 1-5,
Waitsfield, VT; Zone 2: Quentin Riding Club Fall Horse Show - August
30-September 3, Quentin, PA; Zone 3: Biltmore Summer Classic II - July
18-22, Asheville, NC; Zone 4: Chateau Elan Summer - August 24-26,
Braselton, GA; Zone 5: Blue Grass Festival - August 15-19, Lexington, KY.