By: Violet Forbes on Oct. 17th, 2016

Alexandra Cain and Camille.  Al Cook alcookproductions.

From a starting field of 30 horses and their young riders, 12 were invited back to the ring for a second round.  Scores from both rounds would be added together to decide the winner.  Cain’s first round score of 78 placed her in fourth position in the rankings.  Her second round score, an 83.50, on its own merit would have only paced her fourth, but her consistency along with her competition’s little bobbles gave her the win.

“In the first round I felt really confident,” said Cain.  “Then everyone was doing so well I got a little uneasy.  I knew I had to pull it together and not be nervous for the second round.  It was all quieting my nerves, because with her if I get nervous she gets really tense. So it really helps her if I am in my calm place. 

I started riding her last November and got the opportunity to show her for the season and it was like the most amazing thing that has ever happened to me.  It was my first show season really seriously competing so to even make it this far is a big accomplishment for me. So my goal was just to make it to indoors and have fun.  This just really adds to it.

Her owner told me that I can ride her again next year.  So I am really excited about that. We still have to make a plan about what we will compete in, but with the same goal in mind.  That is my life, Camille and school. I love her so much.”  

Alexandra Cain and Camille.  Al Cook alcookproductions.

Second place in the Final went to Cordelanne and Hope Rutter who scored a total of 161.25, a mere .25 behind Cain, and Kayla Wolfe and Weekend Affair took third on a score of 160.75.

The NAL hosts National Finals annually at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, and West Coast Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show in Las Vegas, NV. Both Finals include the following five divisions – Children’s Hunter, Adult Hunter, Children’s Jumper Presented by EquiFit, Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper.

The NAL qualifying period runs September 1 through August 31. NAL competitions are open to all who wish to compete, however points are only awarded to current members. For more information regarding the North American League, please call (717) 867-5643, email to NAL@Ryegate.com or visit www.ryegate.com.