The North American League (NAL) is moving this year’s National Finals to the Capital Challenge Horse Show, which will be held September 28–October 4, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.
Photo by NAL.
The NAL is also canceling its West Coast Finals for this year. In lieu of the Finals, the NAL will present ribbons and awards to the top 10 finishers of the west coast’s final standings in each of its five divisions – Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, Children’s Jumper Presented by EquiFit, Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Presented by HorseFlight, Children’s Hunter and Adult Hunter.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on this year’s horse show activity,” said Annette Longenecker of Ryegate Show Services which produces the NAL. “Our goal with the Finals is to accommodate as many of our exhibitors as possible and we feel that the Capital Challenge provides the best opportunity to accomplish that given that the Pennsylvania National Horse Show is moving outside the region for this year. We also feel that with the reduced number of qualifying events out west, and the reduced number of exhibitors likely to show in those Finals, the most prudent thing for this year is to cancel the West Coast Finals.”
The NAL season runs from September 1 to August 31. NAL qualifying classes are open to all competitors, but only current members are awarded points. For this year, riders are able to count their best 8 shows towards the National standings while still showing in as many classes as they like. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.