The North American League announced Nov. 7 that it is no longer offering a pony jumper division. Neither exhibitors nor horse shows showed enough interest to warrant its inclusion as part of the 2013-2014 season.
"We’re truly sorry to see this division disappear, but it simply did not make sense to continue offering something that was of little interest to riders and horse show organizers," said Annette Longenecker of Ryegate Show Services, which administers the NAL. “The NAL's other divisions are highly popular with riders and show management, and the NAL is a great way for riders to get a chance to ride during the year-end indoor season. We will continue to focus our efforts on the NAL's most popular divisions."
NAL continues to offer opportunities for riders across the country to compete in five divisions, including children's hunters and jumpers, adult hunters and jumpers and low junior/amateur-owner jumpers. Riders compete throughout the year in order to qualify for two year-end championship finals during the indoor season—the NAL National Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, and the NAL West Coast Finals at the Las Vegas National Horse Show.
The NAL season runs Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. Riders do not need to be members of the NAL to compete in NAL classes, but only current members earn points towards the year-end finals.