By: pnhs on
Oct. 12th, 2015
the $10,000 North America League Adult Hunter Finals
Elizabeth Reynolds and Own the Moment - Al Cook Photo
Elizabeth Reynolds of Southampton, NJ and Own the Moment owned highest honors in the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Hunter Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Monday. Reynolds could not believe her good fortune as this was her first time competing in the NAL Finals and she was riding the first horse she ever owned.
"We worked hard all year to trying to get here. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this would happen," said Reynolds. "It all paid off in the end and I just thank God for it all."
Reynolds began riding when she was eight-years-old, but she took ten years off to join the Air Force. She decided to get back in the saddle four years ago and purchased "Jag" as he is affectionately called the following year. She could not be happier with him.
"He's wonderful, I adore him," said Reynolds of the 13-year-old Selle Francais. "He is just about the best horse in the whole wide world. In the first year he broke his foot so we had a long road back from that. But he's perfect now, he's awesome."
A field of 27 riders competed in the Adult Hunter Finals over the Allen Rheinheimer designed course. The 12 highest scoring competitors judged by Ralph Caristo and Linda Hough were invited back for the second round and competition was fierce as only three points separated the top three. Since they ride in reverse order of merit, Reynolds was the last to go and she knew she had her work cut out for her. Linda Corvari of Long Valley, NJ and Eastwood had already gone, improving on their first round score of 80 to earn an 83 in the second round for a total of 163 points. Reynolds and Own the Moment scored an 82 in Round one and so there was little margin for error. They repeated their first round tally of 82 and secured the win with 164 points.
"My horse was great," said Reynolds. We just kind of kept it together. I was able to chill and just ride instead of getting nervous. I am a nervous person anyway, so it's a battle for me. I just tried to do my best."
The NAL offers a great opportunity for competitors across the country to compete in five divisions; Adult Hunter; Children's Hunter; Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak; Children's Jumper Presented by EquiFit; and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Presented by UltrOZ. The qualifying season for the NAL runs from September 1 through August 31. Anyone can compete in NAL qualifying classes, but only current members are awarded points. Joining the NAL is the best way for riders to get the points necessary to make it to the finals. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.
For more information regarding the North American League series please call (717) 867-5643, email to NAL@Ryegate.com or visit www.ryegate.com. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NALFinals.