Harrisburg, PA - Olivia Dorey, 23, from Sudbury.MA, and her horse Ali Baba B won the $5,000 North American League (NAL) Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Final a the 70th Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
Dorey and Ali Baba B, a seven year old gelding, were one of six horse and rider combinations to go clear over the first course to advance to the jump off round. Many of the other pairs had faster times than Dorey, but could not leave all the fences intact.
"The course seemed made for my horse," said Dorey. "I get excited when I look at a course and see left hand turns, because he's really good at those, he has a natural left drift. The left turn after jump 2 really helped us out because he landed right on that left standard and galloped right on to the next jump."
The left drift paid off for Dorey as she and Ali Baba B left all the fences up and crossed the timers in 36.296 seconds, a full 3 seconds faster than the only other double clear, posted by second place recipient Christina Firestone with Mr. and Mrs. Bert Firestone's Chantilly, who cleared the tract in 39.287 seconds.
"I have ridden him for a year and a half and have owned him for a year," said Dorey of Ali Baba B. "I rode him in the six and seven year olds, so he is a young jumper and I've been paired up with him ever since, and he has won a lot of classes along the way. I've never trusted any horse as much as I trust this one. You point him at a jump and he just goes. I absolutely love him. I've never done jumpers indoors, this was my first real Final event so it was a lot of fun."
The NAL hosts National Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and West Coast Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show. Further information on the NAL is available by calling 717-867-5643, emailing NAL@Ryegate.com or visiting www.ryegate.com. Follow the NAL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NALFinals.
Recognized as a premier equestrian event, The Pennsylvania National Horse Show runs October 8-17 and has been held indoors at the State Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA since its inception in 1945.
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