Harrisburg, PA. – October 16, 2012 – Despite a two-month layoff from riding, Nina Montross of Bedford, NY, and Caprifol impressively captured the $10,000 North American League Children’s Jumper Finals at the 67th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Tuesday. The talented 14-year-old high school freshman was on an equestrian hiatus in order to attend Westminster School in Simsbury, CT. More Coverage of HarrisburgPrint this Story
“I was nervous because I had not ridden in two months,” said Montross. “But I
was really excited and just happy to be back riding. I got up early this morning and rode before the class and that was really the first time I did it in a couple of months. I wasn’t expecting to win it, but I was hoping.”
The field of 30 yielded seven for the jump-off. Emily Sheveland and Lyla were the first to go and incurred four faults with a rail down. Belle Fulmer and Godspeed then laid down the gauntlet with the first clear round in a time of 44.718 seconds. Noah Buehler, the 2011 NAL Pony Jumper Champion, quickly put their score to rest going without fault on Shane in 43.315. Autumn Janesky had a rail on Peper Gold and Stephanie Novas also incurred faults riding Fast Break. Then Caprifol entered the ring with Montross. The NAL year-end division leaders raced around the course leaving all the rails intact in a time of 40.187. Thomas O’ Mara, Jr. and Pistol, the last to go in the jump-off, also had a rail, declaring Montross and Caprilfol the winners.
“I have had my horse for almost two years and she so fast. She’s a little speed demon,” said Montross. “She is my favorite. I love her and my other horse Ohio. They are both really fast horses. That’s what I like about them.”
The North American League (NAL) offers year-long Series in six divisions – Children’s Hunter, Adult Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper, and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper. The NAL includes classes at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada and features two year-end finals: National Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and West Coast Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show. The qualifying season for both Finals is September 1–August 31. Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying classes, but only current members accrue points towards the year-end finals. Annual fee is just $35 per rider. Further information is available at www.ryegate.com.
Competition at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg continues through October 20. The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S., hosting horses and competitors from across the country with 20,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region. With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $420,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal Finals, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.
In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the PNHS offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is proud of its tradition of supporting equine and youth programs. The show benefits the Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
Details are available at the horse show’s website at www.panational.org or by calling the horse show office at 717-770-0222.