Local finishes first at national event

Jeff Tully

When equestrian athlete Kristina Harrison-Naness earned the right to

compete in a national horse event last month, she was hoping to

finish among the top participants and earn a place on the U.S. 2003


Pan American Team.

However, not only did Harrison-Naness take part in the prestigious

dressage event two weeks ago in Gladstone, N.J., but she was the

overall winner at the Federation Equestre Internationale Prix St.


Georges at the Bayer/United States Equestrian Team Festival of


Aboard her 11--year-old black gelding Kantor, the pair earned a

68.950% score to top a field of 13 horse-and-rider combinations.

Harrison-Naness is now headed to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

to represent the U.S. in the Pan American Games Aug. 7-10.

A resident of the Rancho District, Harrison-Naness -- who is a

private riding instructor -- trains at the Los Angeles Equestrian


Center in Burbank and works for Angele Farms.