Early Season Results Lead to a Competitive Start in the North American League Standings

With the 2019 North American League (NAL) season underway, the rankings are off to a competitive start. With over 50 riders in many division standings, they are taking an early lead gaining points that will help them reach their goal of competing in the NAL Finals next fall.

The NAL qualifying season runs from September 1 through August 31. NAL qualifying classes are open to all competitors but only current members are awarded points. By joining the NAL, riders can accumulate the points necessary to qualify for West Finals held at the International Jumping Festival hosted by Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, CA, September 18-22 and National Finals held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, October 10-19. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.

As of the end of November, Jennifer Morris of Norfolk, VA, leads the Adult Hunter standings aboard Staros topping more than 60 competitorswith 1,178 points. Jessica Van Brocklin Smith of Alexandria, VA and Romulus sit close behind in second place with 1,160 points, while Holly Sims of Atlanta, GA and Sunkist are in third with 720 points.

Caroline Nadalin of Plain City, OH and Mazimus L have taken the lead with 1,207 points in the Children’s Hunter standings. Harper Peterson of Vienna, VA has earned 1,168 points aboard Greatness VDK to hold second place,while Gabrielle Phlegar of Columbus, OH and Rock On are in third place with 777 points.

Isabelle Blackstone of Monroe, GA and her mount, Chasm Z, lead the Adult Jumper standings Presented by SmartPak with 1,160 points. Barbara Rochford of Ringoes, NJ and Butterfly Ambition are in second place with 1,090 points while Tori Bilas of Charlotte, NC and Brisbane sit in third place with 975 points.

Luciano Sinibaldi of Hoover, AL and Zahorna lead the Children’s Jumper standings Presented by EquiFit, with 983 points, while John Gilpin of Keller, TX and Sampras sit in second place with 785 points. Hunter Kava of Parkland, FL and Miss Moneypenny are only 4 points away in third place with 781 points.

Gabrielle Stringel of Durham, NC and Borikor have the lead in the Low Junior/Amateur Jumper standings Presented by HorseFlight with 832 points. Sitting in second place is Caroline Michele Dugas of Birmingham, AL and Skyfall with 750 points followed by Sarah Warden of Saint Augustine, FL and Danger G in third place with 655 points.

Holding the lead in the West Coast Adult Hunter division is Alison Baileys of San Juan Capistrano, CAand Tip Top with 572 points. In second place is Allison Bergmeyer of Lincoln, NE and Clear Cove with 364 points followed by Jennifer Rawlings of Woodland Hills, CA in third with 208 points aboard First & Goal.

Gabrielle Young of Spring Hill, KS and Select lead the West Coast Children’s Hunter standings with 129 points. In second place is Tatum Levy of Los Angeles, CA and Brightside who have 70 points followed closely by Emilie Bell of Lodi, CA and Valium De Mars with 66 points.

Stacey Bacheller of Thousand Oaks, CA and Hyval are leading the West Coast Adult Jumper standings Presented by SmartPak with 195 points. Only 6 points away in second place is Larry Antonini of New Orleans, LA riding Rocking The Boat with 189 points, while Evette Delong of San Juan Capistrano, CA and her mount Blue Calvados sit in third place with 180 points.

Leading the West Coast Children’s Jumper standings Presented by EquiFit is John Gilpin of Keller, TX and Sampras with 785 points. Eleanor Rudnicki of The Woodlands, TX and Firebridge are in second place with 550 points, followed closely by third placed Lisel Anderson of Napa, CA aboard Bens Beauty with 536 points.

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Maggie Hill of Jackson, WY and Hope lead in the West Coast Low Junior/Amateur Jumper standings Presented by HorseFlight with 380 points followed by Stella Swarr of New Orleans, LA and Anos Veros in second place with 279 points. In third place is Carson Grisham of Southlake, TX and Crack De Muze with 266 points.