With the close of the winter circuits, riders are now looking ahead to the spring shows to earn more North American League (NAL) points in order to gain spots in the 2021 NAL Finals this fall.
By joining the NAL, riders can accumulate the points necessary to qualify for the West Coast Finals at the International Jumping Festival hosted by Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, CA, September 22-26 and the National Finals which will be held at the Capital Challenge Horse Show, October 1-10, at the Prince George’s Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.
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. The NAL hosts five divisions – Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, Children’s Jumper Presented by EquiFit, Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Presented by HorseFlight, Children’s Hunter Presented by Copper Fox LLC, and Adult Hunter Presented by Monkey Business LLC. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.
Through the end of March, the leaders in the five divisions are as follows:
Britta Stoeckel of Chicago, IL and Everest De Muze hold the top spot with 3,754 points in the National standings of the Adult Jumper Division Presented by SmartPak. Molly Athey of Enid, OK leads the West Coast standings with 1,408 points on her horse, SL Olada.
Taylor Landstrom of Excelsior, MN and Colina SN hold the top spot in both the West Coast and the National standings in the Children’s Jumper Division Presented by EquiFit. They have a total of 3,082 points.
In the Low Junior/Amateur Jumper division Presented by HorseFlight, Mia Albelo of Coral Gables, FL and Cassandra Dreams lead the National standings with 3,117 points. Holding the top spot in the West Coast standings is Dominic Gibbs of Colorado Springs, CO with 2,800 points on Douwe.
Cathy Morris-Schmitt of Greenwood Village, CO has 2,487 points on her horse, Andover, to hold the lead in both the West Coast and the National standings in the Adult Hunter Division Presented by Monkey Business LLC.
In the Children’s Hunter Division Presented by Copper Fox LLC, Marian Ehlers of Bend, OR also leads both the West Coast and National standings. She and her horse, King of Hearts, have a total of 1,860 points.