Close Competition in the NAL Standings

Close Competition in the NAL Standings
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Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810, classic.pr@verizon.net

Annville, PA? February 9, 2001?High Meadows Mambo No. 5, last year?s winnerof the inaugural North American League (NAL) Pony Jumper Finals, held at thePennsylvania National Horse Show, is once again making headlines. The14.2-hand Belgian Warmblood leads the way in the Eastern Division of the2001 NAL standings. The standings include points calculated through Feb. 2.

The 11-year-old, owned by Kathleen Scott, Brookfield, WI, has368 points, just ahead of High Meadows Mack The Knife, ridden by her youngersister, Kasandra Scott with 206 points.

High Meadows Mambo No. 5, who was imported by Scott?s trainerAlex Jayne, also stands second in the Western Division with 100 points, just12 points behind Claire Rozran and Chocolate Chip.

Claire Rozran also holds the lead in the Western Children?sJumper standings with Magic Rules, a former grand prix mount for Jayne?sdaughter, Maggie. Rozran and the bay, Thoroughbred gelding have accrued 524points to second-placed Crestwood Anonymous and Megan Daniels, who currentlyhave 480 points.

In the Eastern Children?s Jumper standings, Surprisingly So and AshleyTomberg lead the way with 850 points over Kentucky-based Raid and SarahFishback with 815.

In the Eastern Adult Jumper Division, Kimberly Jungherr andCurious George have already amassed 1,400 points to hold a solid lead overAja Covell aboard her Sugar Bear, with 1,210 points.

Troy Linback, Mudelein, IL, husband of top amateur-owner jumperrider Laura Linback, stands on top of the Western Adult Jumper Division.Together, he and Caravelle have accrued 729 points. Lauren Shone and Gandalfare second with 610 points.

In the hunter divisions, Cool Under Fire and Lisa A.H. Cudahy,Milwaukee, WI, stand on top of the Eastern Adult Division with 808 points.Preferred Stock and Charlene Graham, Clarence, NY, hold second with 780points.

In the Western Adult Division, two Illinois-based riders leadthe way. Jessica Ianello, Lake Forest, with Talisker stands on top with 583points to Janet Priesz, Crystal Lake with Nuance who have 474 points.

Another Illinois rider holds first place in the Western Children?s Hunter Division--Jenna Vanerstrom, Lake Forest, has 596 points with SafeValue. She?s just ahead of Anna Schierholz and Paparazzi, who have 540points.

In the Eastern Children?s Hunter Division, Laura Van den Berg, Winter Park,FL, holds a commanding lead of 1,230 points with her Snapdragon. Take AChance and Lauren Widner are in second with 1,020 points.

Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in anyqualifying classes, but only current members will earn points towardyear-end finals. The annual fee is $20 per rider. Membership must bereceived at the League Office, within 10 days of the completion of an eventfor points from that event to count.

Riders may join at a show with the show secretary for points from that showto count, however exhibitors are encouraged to mail the applicationthemselves. 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 NationalHorse Show in Harrisburg, PA, during the month of October. In addition toearning points to qualify for the finals, the NAL also offers Regional Showswhere riders can qualify for the finals based on their performance in theone class.

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 - August30-September 3, Quentin, PA; Zone 3: Biltmore Summer Classic II - July18-22, Asheville, NC; Zone 4: Chateau Elan Summer - August 24-26,Braselton, GA; Zone 5: Blue Grass Festival - August 15-19, Lexington, KY.

Upcoming shows, along with specifications for all the North American Leagueclasses, are available on the web at www.ryegate.com, or by contacting theleague office by phone at 717-867-5643 or by fax at 717-832-0778 for moreinformation.