Gochman is Tops in the NAL Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - October 21, 2017 - Mimi Gochman, 13, from Palm Beach, FL, showed everyone just how it is done in the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Low Junior/Amateur Owner Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show presented by the Lindsey Maxwell Charitable Fund, held at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA.
Gochman was the only rider of the 29 starters to jump the course without penalty or time faults, not once but twice. She went 10th in the order with Everest De Muse, owned by Evergate Stables LLC, and 26th with Caleno 3, owned by Gotham Enterprizes LLC. Both horses were clear to advance to a jump-off, but Gochman chose to save her horses and decided the winner by their times on course. Everest De Muze finished the course in 64.273 seconds for first and Caleno 3 had a time of 68.371 for second place.
The course, designed by Bernardo Cabral, who hails from Lisbon, Portugal, proved to be the nemesis of the other riders but not Gochman. "It was a nice course," she said. "The challenge was really the second line. If you choose to do six and really get up there or to do seven and just know that you were going to get there easy. On my first horse I did the six, because he is always good at coming back to me. On my other horse I did seven because he has a very big stride and it is easier to get him to collect. The other difficult part was going out of the turn to the last line. It was on a weird angle with only about two strides to the last line.
"This is my first year doing jumpers at Harrisburg," continued Gochman. "It is very exciting. The ring isn't as small as I thought it would be. But you do have to keep your horse together, if they get strung out it is very hard to get them back in such a tight ring. For the jumpers I just concentrate on being very accurate. Keeping all the jumps up and supporting my horse. My goal is to do the highs next year, maybe the Prix de States.
"My horses were both very good today. To me they are both winners."
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, aaleno #nd 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.
$10,000 NAL LOW JR/AO JUMPER FINAL, II, 2(a)
Sponsored By NORTH AMERICAN LEAGUE
Horse / Sire x Dam
Rider / Owner
EVEREST DE MUZE
FOR PLEASURE x WALNUT DE MUZE
Evergate Stables LLC
CALIDO ASS x LENA
Gotham Enterprizes, LLC
ARTANI x CASSIE
Ehm Equestrian LLC
CONTENDER x K-QUANNETT Z
INDOCTRO x ICAMORKA
POLYFAX x ETERNITY 3E
CHELLANO Z x LARENA
Saddle Ridge LLC
LORD PEZI x HAUPTSTUTBUCH GRIFFIKA'S LADY
Libertas Farm LLC
Mdht Equestrian, LLC
About the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
More than 1400 qualified Junior and Adult competitors from the U.S. and abroad will vie for more than $500,000 in prize money and eight national championships - including the prestigious Dover Saddlery/USEF Hunter Seat Medal Final, and Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual and Team Championships. "Junior Weekend" will take place October 12-15, followed by "Senior Week," October 16-21 which includes the Open Jumper and FEI competitions. This year's show will again host three internationally sanctioned FEI CSI3* rated jumper classes including the $35,000 Keystone Classic, $40,000 Big Jump, and the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Grand Prix presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, the culminating event which will be held on Saturday evening, October 21 and will feature over 40 top riders from seven countries, including six Olympic veterans.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization, provides support for therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs. The Foundation makes grants exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to acquaint, teach, and train the public in therapeutic equestrian endeavors and to support equine rescue efforts. Proceeds from the show benefit the Foundation.
The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund is a private, charitable fund. It accepts grant proposals for the benefit of charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, exclusively from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. The issues where the Fund focuses its resources reflect Lindsay's personal priorities and values: improving the lives of children with special needs; enabling access opportunities to education; and providing care, compassion, and protection to animals.
Further information, updates, promotions, ticket information and more is available at www.PANational.org or by calling 717-770-0222.
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