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Coatails Takes Top Honors in the $10,000 NAL Adult Hunter Finals

Harrisburg, PA—October 17, 2003—Coatails, owned by Stephanie Ingram and ridden by Pamela Vance of Amenia, NY, impressively captured the $10,000 North American League (NAL) Adult Hunter Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. The pair received the top score in both rounds to easily win the class with an overall score of 171. Silver Rhythm owned and ridden by Michelle Woodall of Gum Spring, VA, finished second with a score of 162 and Rumors Fly owned by Tammy Smith and ridden by Melissa Feller finished third scoring 160.

“He is such a special, kind and gentle horse,” said Vance about the 10-year-old Swedish Warmblood. “He is as good as it gets, I adore him and he’s not even my horse.”

Vance picked up the mount in May when Ingram’s sister, Frances Biggs, decided to take the summer off. Vance was grateful for her season with Coatails and thrilled to have qualified with him in the NAL Finals.

“I always wanted to ride at Harrisburg,” said Vance. “To do it with such a wonderful horse that belongs to such a good friend makes it really special.”

With any luck, Coatails may be back at the NAL Finals in 2004, but in a different division. Ingram’s 14-year-old daughter, Alexa, is going to start campaigning Coatails in the Children’s Division next season.

The North American League (NAL) runs season long series in six hunter jumper divisions – Children’s Hunter, Children’s Jumper, Adult Hunter, Adult Jumper, Pony Jumper and Open Jumper Speed. Each series culminates with a championship final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA in October. Riders need not be members of the NAL to compete in any qualifying classes, but only current members earn points toward year-end finals. For more information and a list of qualifying competitions for 2004, please see the Ryegate Show Services website at


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