The Sky Is the Limit for Caroline Michele Dugas and Skyfall Winning $10,000 NAL Children's Jumper Final Sponsored by Equifit At Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Harrisburg, Pa. - October 21, 2017 - Caroline Michele Dugas, 16, of Birmingham, Ala., was in the clouds after taking the victory on Skyfall in the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Children's Jumper Final, sponsored by Equifit, at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund.
"It's very exciting. I cried when I realized that I won. It's incredible," said Dugas. "I have the best horse in the whole world, he's amazing."
The top 27 in the nation who qualified for the Final rode in reverse order of ranking, with the ten clear rounds moving forward to the jump-off. Four horse and rider combinations negotiated double clears on the Bernardo Cabral-designed course. The first to go clear was Lauren Miller, 16, of Dunkirk, Md., and Casseur in a speed round time of 33.424 seconds. Emma Pell, 13, of Winchester, Va., went two seconds faster on Ari 55 to stop the clock at 31.694 for third place. Dugas and Skyfall raced around the course to finish on 27.550 seconds with two qualifiers still to ride. Mia Albelo, 11, of Coral Gables, Fla., and Cassandra Dreams came within a whisker defeating Dugas, going clear in 27.622, for second place. Dugas believed that ignoring her trainer's advice was the key to victory.
"My trainer said that I should do eight strides to the last fence, and I told her that I thought seven was good. I thought that would save me some time," said Dugas. "I thought my time would hold up, but at the end I was worried. The last two riders were on it. They were great competitors."
Dugas has had Skyfall for almost two years and she believes that the eight-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding was born to jump.
"Last year we were just trying to qualify for NAL or Washington and we did well at both. Jumping is his favorite thing in the whole world. He would not want to be doing anything else," said Dugas. "It means the world to win here, I'm so excited."
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.
$10,000 NAL CHILDREN'S JUMPER FINAL, II, 2(a), Sponsored By EQUIFIT
Horse / Sire x Dam
Rider / Owner
VIGARO x TWI LIGHT
Caroline Michele Dugas
Caroline Michele Dugas
CASSIANO x NOLDA
ARPEGGIO x ALDESSA
CASSINI II x HERA IV
Fit To Print Farm
CHACCO BLUE x CELESTE Z
NUMERO UNO x PALVOTTI VDL
ODERMUS R x Z. ADERMIE 12
Ks Sporthorses, LLC
DOLLAR DI RIBANO
DOLLAR D.L.PI 2003 x GIRANE 1995
UNSOMNIE DE LA ROQUE
KANNAN x RAZZIA DE LA ROQUE
Mdht Equestrian, LLC
INDOCTRO x MARTINE
About the Pennsylvania National HorseShow
More than 400 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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