Articles: Press Release
Rassas Maintains Lead in East Conference of the National Horse Sports
Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series
Beth Gold (508) 698-6810, email@example.com
TAMPA, FL-June 22, 2001-Paige Rassas of Northfield, IL continues to maintain
her lead in the East Conference of the National Horse Sports Foundation Show
Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series, after having won three Series
classes earlier in March. However, in June, it was Danielle Torano of Fort
Lauderdale, FL and Marilyn Little of Frederick, MD that caused the biggest
stir in the leader board standings.
After the first nine events, the top ranked competitors in the Eastern
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At the Devon Horse Show, only three of the 20 starting competitors advanced
to the jump-off. Ironically, the starting order proved to be the finishing
order. Danielle Torano was the first to go and set the pace with a clean,
fast round aboard Lojana in 37.519 seconds. Lauren Bass of Willoughby Hills,
OH was close behind with M V Cristal in 38.904 to finish second. Amy
Shafmaster of Porstmouth, NH and Emilion completed the round in third place
with a time of 57.15.
Torano's first place finish launched her from fifth place in the standings
to a second place tie with Rassas.
The following weekend, at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, Marilyn Little
rose to the top after winning the class over a field of 25 competitors.
Riding Lassango, Little finished the jump-off with a clear round. Maureen
Brennan of Middleburg, VA and Tuscany took second place honors, followed by
Caitlin Venezia of Marstons Mills, MA and Maykel in third.
Little's victory propelled her into a fifth place tie with four other
The NHSF Show Jumping Hall Fame Jumper Classic Series, which runs February
through November, is divided into three geographical conferences: the East
Conference hosting 22 shows, the Central Conference hosting 8 shows and the
West Conference hosting 5 shows. Conference point standings are calculated
separately and updated after all shows. At the end of the series, a
championship is awarded for each conference with East and Central Conference
champions honored at the National Horse Show in New York and the West
Conference champion honored at the Los Angeles National Horse Show in
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series gives Amateur-Owner and
junior riders an opportunity to compete at higher levels and serves as a
proving ground for riders who aspire to someday represent the United States
in international competition.
The focus of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is to encourage
broader interest and participation in the equestrian sport of show jumping,
as well as to educate the equestrian and non-equestrian alike by sharing the
sport's lore, fundamentals, history and greatest achievements.
The National Horse Sports Foundation (NHSF) is a publicly supported
charitable and educational organization whose purposes include providing
financial and technical support for amateur equestrian programs for adults
and children including therapeutic riding and competitions for the disabled.
For more information about the 2001 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic
Series, please visit the Show Jumping Hall of Fame website at
For more information about the National Horse Sports Foundation, please call
SHOW JUMPING HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM, INC.
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