WILMINGTON, Ohio--The North American League concluded its 2019-2020 season with National Finals held this year at the Capital Challenge Horse Show at the World Equestrian Center in Wilmington, Ohio.
Finals were held in five divisions – Children’s Hunter, Adult Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult Jumper and Low Junior/Amateur Jumper.
The NAL offers year-long Series in each of these five divisions with those who accumulate the most points in their divisions over the course of the season earning the right to ride in the year-end Finals.
Each Final featured $10,000 prize money and all participants received gift bags
Emerging victorious in the Adult Jumper Final was Ellen Halle of Upperco, Md, with Iggy Pop, who completed the jump-off in a time of 34.01 seconds.
HALLE topped the 27 starting entries and took on the short course with nine other competitors, ultimately taking home the horse show’s Leading Adult Jumper Rider title, as well.
“The jump-off was icing on the cake for me,” Halle said of her win.
The winning pair were matched together in March of this year, and this was Halle’s first ever final.
Ellen Halle and Iggy Pop (c) Shawn McMillen Photography
“This was definitely worth the trip, and I am super grateful to be here and to be part of a competition with such high caliber athletes,” said Halle who trains with Troy Hendricks. “They’ve really gone the extra mile to make it a great experience for all the exhibitors.”
Ddominic Gibbs of Colorado Springs, Colo. won the Low Amateur Owner Jumper section, with Leight Nanda of Wilmette, Ill., winning in Childresn's Jumper, Kendall Maljer of Grand Rapids, Mich, tops in Adult Hunter and Luke Rinehart of Westfield, Ind., winning in Chidren's Hunter.