Giavanna Rinaldi and JULIETTE. Photo by AlCookPhoto.com
Harrisburg, PA - October 19, 2013 - Giavanna Rinaldi, of Wayne, Illinois, and her own JULIETTE, won the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Children's Jumper Final, presented by EquiFit, today at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. This was the 14 year old's second NAL victory this week - yesterday she won the NAL Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Final.
Only six of the twenty-four starters made it through to the jump-off. Rinaldi was last to go, and she steered JULIETTE expertly around the course, jumping clear in 36.054 seconds. Wimberly Debono and TUSKER also put in a fault-free round, but had a slower time of 39.724.
"Winning this title means so much because we worked so hard to get here", said Rinaldi. "I just really wanted to win".
As the winner, Rinaldi received a new pair of D-Teq Custom Boots by EquiFit.
As the second to last rider to go in the first round, Rinaldi was able to watch the other competitors on course before her round. "I got a little nervous just because I didn't know know how she was going to handle the pressure. A lot of people seemed to have trouble with it [the course] - I even had trouble with it - but she saved me a couple times", commented Rinaldi about her warmblood mare that she has had for two years. "In the first round I wasn't as fast as I needed to go, but thankfully she knows her job. The rest of it went pretty well. In the second round, she was a lot more forward off my leg, and she's just so good at the turns".
The North American League (NAL) offers year-long Series in six divisions - Adult Jumper Presented by SmartPak, Children's Jumper Presented by EquiFit, Adult Hunter Presented by Practical Horseman, Children's Hunter, Pony Jumper, and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper. The Series includes classes held at hundreds of horse shows across the United States and Canada. The NAL gives riders in these divisions a chance to ride in year-end finals at two major indoor shows - The NAL National Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at Harrisburg, October 10-19, and the NAL West Coast Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show, November 12-17. Further information on the NAL is available at www.ryegate.com or by contacting Ryegate Show Services at 717-867-5643 orNAL@Ryegate.com
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the 2011 National Show Hunter Hall of Fame Horse Show of the Year and the sixth ranked horse show in North America in the 2012 North American Riders Group (NARG) annual rankings, is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S. It hosts horses and competitors from across the country with 10,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region.
With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $450,000 in prize money, the show features Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/US National Hunter Seat Medal Final Presented by Randolph College, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.
In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.
Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to charitable entities.
Horse show competition can be viewed live free of charge at www.usefnetwork.com and live scoring and results are available at www.Ryegate.com.
For more details on show events, competitors and vendors, please visit the show's website,www.PAnational.org or contact the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 717-236-1600 or by email,eventinfo@PAnational.org.