Oct. 19th, 2019
Harrisburg, PA - October 19, 2019 - Ana Ramos of Ocala, FL rode Jorno to the win in the $12,500 North American League (NAL) Children's Jumper Final Presented by EquiFit on Saturday at the 2019 Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS).
After 13 of 29 entries qualified for the jump-off by riding without penalty over the 15-effort, 1.15m first-round course designed by Michel Vaillancourt, they returned for the 8-effort abbreviated course. Midway through the jump-off, Claire Campbell of Cochranville, PA took the lead with a clean ride in 36.140 seconds on Abilitydance.
Campbell's lead held until the second-to-last ride when Ramos returned on her 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood. They blazed over the course and finished clean in 35.510 seconds for what wound up as the winning time.
"I was really nervous since this is my first indoor show," said Ramos, who turns 17 next week.
"Jorno has been sick and I didn’t know how he would be, but he felt awesome. He was exactly where I wanted him to be. The jumps came up nicely and he was perfect as usual.
"In the jump-off, we walked the first line as a five, but that was really far out there, so we decided to do six to make quick turns because he turns really fast and he’s just naturally fast," added Ramos, who trains with Megan Wexler. "His scope and natural ability helped. He was there for me and I was there for him. I'm really happy with how it all went."
Campbell finished second, and third went to Lindsay Sheldon of Marietta, GA with a clean jump-off ride in 37.490 seconds on Livius Van't Bijlebos.
$12,500 NAL Children’s Jumper Final
1 Ana Ramos and Jorno | 0/0/35.510 | $3,250
2 Claire Campbell and Abilitydance | 0/0/36.140 | $2,325
3 Lindsay Sheldon and Livius Van’t Bijlebos | 0/0/37.490 | $1,500
4 Avery Moore and Papaver LS | 0/0/38.170 | $925
5 Sydney Lin and Lady Bird | 0/0/38.700 | $775
6 Claudette Yarbrough and Lyla | 0/4/35.040 | $725
7 Alexis Ortiz and Buenos Aires | 0/4/36.200 | $650
8 Isabella R. Gunningham and Calicool | 0/4/36.280 | $500
9 Lauren Miller and Casseur | 0/5 | $500
10 Allison Sinclair and Zersina | 0/8 | $450
11 Halle Quadracci and Cilke Quality SC | 0/12 | $450
12 Katalena Prusso and Camera Ready | 0/18 | $450
The NAL hosts year-long series in five divisions – Children's Jumper Presented by EquiFit, Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Presented by Horseflight, Children's Hunter and Adult Hunter.
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 the West Coast Finals at the International Jumping Festival hosted by Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, CA, and the National Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.
At the Finals, the NAL distributed gift bags of treats for horses and riders to all entrants in each of the NAL's five division Finals. Each winner received an array of prizes. Top finishers received gift certificates generously donated by EquiFit, SmartPak and The Clothes Horse, and winners were dressed out in an NAL coolerette. The following sponsors help make the NAL Finals a popular series for junior and amateur competitors: The Clothes Horse, EquiFit, Horseflight, SmartPak, Schindler, and the Canfield Family.
For complete results of the PNHS, please go to www.Ryegate.com.
Now in its 74th year, the PNHS hosts over 1,400 of the best hunter, jumper and equitation riders from across the nation – including Olympic veterans and National Champions. USEF Premier rated for Hunters, USEF 6* and FEI CSI3* rated for Jumpers, the PNHS is a designated “USEF Heritage Competition,” an honor reserved for a select group of exceptional competitions.
With everything under one roof, the PNHS also plays host to some of the best horse show shopping! More than 60 specialty boutique shops offer hours of shopping on two levels and range from high-end shops reminiscent of Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive including antiques, fine art, clothing, gifts, accessories, rider apparel, horse tack and much more! And stop by the Silent Auction – all 10 days in the PA Room on the upper concourse.
Established in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show hosts the country’s top competitors in one of the largest indoor horse shows. Proceeds from the horse show benefit The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, providing support for therapeutic riding programs and equine rescue groups. Make plans to join us October 10 – 19, 2019 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. For more information on the show or to donate to the Foundation, please visit www.PAnational.org.