North American League Rankings Continue To Change As Spring Progresses

North American League Rankings Continue To Change As Spring Progresses
With the spring horse show season well under way, the highly competitive North American League (NAL) is seeing some riders gain in the division rankings. Riders were busy chasing valuable points on the competition circuit during the month of April and the beginning of May with their sights set on their ultimate goal-a chance to compete at this year's NAL Finals.

The NAL features series in five divisions: Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, Children's Jumper Presented by EquiFit, Adult Hunter; Children's Hunter, and Low Junior/Amateur Jumper. The Series includes classes held at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada. 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. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.

By joining the NAL, riders can accumulate the points necessary to qualify for the NAL West Finals held at the International Jumping Festival hosted by Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, CA, September 19-23 and the NAL National Finals held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, October 11-20. Prize money for the National Finals at Harrisburg has been increased to $12,500 for each of the five final classes. Prize money for the West Finals is $5,000 for each of the five final classes.

As of the beginning of May, Kate Ellis of Weston, MA leads the Adult Hunter standings aboard Valhalla with 2,073 points. Patti Schindler of Reisterstown, MD and Glydon are close behind with 2,050 points, while Cathy Morris-Schmitt of Greenwood Village, CO and Andover are in third place with 1,918 points.

Jordan Bell of New York, NY has taken the lead 1,814 points aboard Chago in the Children's Hunter standings with over 100 competitors. Raina Swani of Ponte Verda Beach, FL has earned 1,582 points aboard Portofino for second place, while Lauren Katz of Potomac, MD and Hyde Park are only 82 points behind with 1,500 points.

Lindsey Tomeau of Wellington, FL, the 2015 and 2017 Adult Jumper Final Champion, and her mount, Gold Lux, maintain their lead in the Adult Jumper standings Presented by SmartPak with a whopping 6,085 points. Tracy Harris of Wellington, FL and Une Etoile De L'eclypse take second place with 4,172 points. Tomeau maintains her strong efforts in third place as well with 3,910 points aboard Bonapart.

Lauren McCaulley of Lake Charles, IL and Umano De La Ruche lead the Children's Jumper standings Presented by EquiFit, with 4,154 points, while Emmanuelle Greenberg out of Boca Raton, FL aboard Carlos G sit in second place with 2,866 points. Grace Debney of Hampden, MA and Byolga follows behind in third place with 2,766.

With the top 21 riders already in the quadruple digits, the Low Junior/Amateur Jumper division is highly competitive. Daisy Farrish of Versailles, KY and Conpardie Z lead with 5,698 points, while Alexandra Welles and XM are close behind in second place with 5,016 points. Sophie Gochman of Palm Beach, FL and Catch Me Z sit in third place with 4,884 points.

Cathy Morris-Schmitt of Greenwood Village, CO and Andover lead the West Coast Adult Hunter division with 1,918 points, while Natalie Medlock of Orange, CA and Luciano are in second place with 1,816 points. Dana Brawley of Double Oak, TX and Cocomo hold third place with 1,506 points.

Samantha Meyer of Wentzville, MO and Seattle lead the West Coast Children's Hunter standings with 642 points. Only 42 points behind is Emilie Bell of Elk Grove, CA and Sandros Silhouette with 600 points. Mika Clear of Piedmont, CA and Gabriel round out the top three with 550 points.

Angela Dominguez of Argyle, TX and Emilios are leading the West Coast Adult Jumper standings Presented by SmartPak with 1,342 points. In second place is Tara Brown-Stocks of Coto De Caza, CA aboard High Hopes with 1,245 points, while Gabriela Turner of La Jolla, CA and her mount Lady Pezi sit in third place with 846 points.

Leading the West Coast Children's Jumper standings Presented by EquiFit is Wiley Johannesmeyer of Lakeway, TX and Au Girl with 1,237 points. John Gilpin of Keller, TX and Sampras are in second place with 1,125 points, followed closely by third placed Elizabeth Woods of Lincoln, NE aboard Trillick's Black Magic with 1,010 points.

Grady Lyman of Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Balade Du Ry Z have a strong lead in the West Coast Low Junior/Amateur Jumper with 1,727 points followed by Brittany Hildebrand of Houston, TX and Calina in second place with 1,304 points. In third place is Elli Yeager of Thousand Oaks, CA and Waliba VDL with 1,215 points.


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