The top 28 in the nation who qualified for the Final rode in reverse order of ranking; with 11 moving forward to the tie-breaking round. Only two horse and rider combinations were able to post double clear rounds, Miron, Delray Beach, FL; with Fairy Tale, who finished in a time of 39.159 seconds and Natalie Jayne, Elgin, IL; on Ausi, who stopped the clock in 43.026 seconds.
The 2017 winner, Mimi Gochman, Wellington, FL, on board Ax-Cent had the time, 37.897 seconds, but at the cost of a rail down for four penalties.
“We just bought Fairy Tale a couple of months ago in The Netherlands and so far, so good,” said Miron. “I really love her. I traveled over to try her and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. She is extremely small, almost a pony, and she is a feather. You barely have to touch her. She is super easy, not like anything I have had before. I am used to having a horse that I have to control and help get over the fences, and it is so cool that she just does it.
“I was actually supposed to be here with my other mare, but she got hurt last week,” continued Miron. This is my first year showing in the United States. I lived in Japan and Brazil, we just moved from Brazil. I did the Brazil circuit for a long time that is why I love it so much.”
About the North American League (NAL)
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 National Finals held at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA, and West Finals held at the International Jumping Festival hosted by Blenheim EquiSports in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Annual memberships are only $40 per rider.