Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – September 27, 2016 – Seven Olympians from five countries head an impressive list of entries set to compete at the 2016 Pennsylvania National Horse Show presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund (PNHS)when it returns to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, October 13-22 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Over forty open jumper riders have confirmed their entries for the PNHS, one of the most prestigious horse shows in the U.S. for over seven decades. This year’s 71st annual edition is hosting three internationally sanctioned FEI jumper classes which are all designated at the CSI3* level. The top jumping riders and horses are expected to compete in the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Grand Prix Presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, whichoffers an increase of $15,000 in prize money over last year’s event and will be held on the final day of the show on October 22.
Topping the list of Olympic veterans heading to Harrisburg is Beezie Madden, a four-time U.S. Olympian with two Team Golds, a Team Silver and Individual Bronze Olympic medals to her name who is fresh from competing at the 2016 Games in Rio where she helped the U.S. Team clinch the team silver medal. She is joined by fellow U.S. Olympian Leslie Howard, a team gold medalist at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and a team silver medalist at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Ian Millar, the most decorated Canadian equestrian in history who has competed at a record ten Olympic Games during his career during which time he earned a Team Silver medal, will be competing against his son, Jonathan Millar, a World Equestrian Games veteran. Another Canadian Olympic veteran, Mario Deslauriers, who now rides for the U.S., will be competing against his daughter, Lucy Deslauriers, a top competitor who at just 17 years-old recently earned back-to-back wins at International Bromont.
Ireland’s Kevin Babington, a 2004 Olympian who took third place in the 2014 PNHS Grand Prix, will be giving competitors a run for their money as will Daniel Bluman, a two-time Olympic veteran from Colombia and Beat Mandli of Switzerland, a two-time Olympian who won a Team Silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Other top U.S. riders slated to compete at this year’s PNHS include Laura Chapot, Katie Dinan, Molly Ashe Cawley, Nick Dello Joio, Andrew Kocher, Peter Lutz, Christine McCrea, Jonathan McCrea, Cara Raether Carey, Alison Robitaille, Callan Solem, Jimmy Torano, Danielle Torano, Matthias Tromp and Aaron Vale.Amanda Derbyshire will be competing for her native Great Britain.
Immediately following the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund will be The Ben Gallaher Country Music Finale, a live concert that will be held in the main competition arena. Ben Gallaher is a Sony Music Nashville recording artist, singer, songwriter and a Central Pennsylvania native. Gallaher’s special performance is presented by L.B. Smith Ford Lincoln and will begin at approximately 9 p.m.
Tickets for the Grand Prix and Ben Gallaher Country Music Finale are available NOW at http://www.panational.org and ONE ticket allows guests to enjoy BOTH the Grand Prix and the Ben Gallaher Country Music Finale. Ticket proceeds assist in funding the PNHS Foundation’s therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs along with the Kiwanis Youth Foundation programs. Reserved Tier seating ranges from $40-$50 and Family 4-pack packages range from $75-$175. General Admission for students and senior citizens is $25. Children aged 10 and under are admitted FREE and parking is FREE. Tickets are also available for ALL sessions of this year’s Pennsylvania National Horse Show.
For those who cannot make it to PNHS in person, the World Equestrian Center Live Feed can be viewed throughout the 10 days of the show and can be accessed through a link on the PNHS website at www.PANational.org or through www.EqSports.net.
The PNHS features the best in the sport of hunters and jumpers and is the launching ground for many future Olympians. With an economic impact of an estimated $40 million, well over 15,000 spectators, and 1,000,000 live feed viewers will enjoy ten days of national top competition as 1,400 top Junior and Adult competitors vie for eight national championships – including the prestigious Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal Final and the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual and Team Championships. The show also features Pennsylvania wine tastings and special theme days such as Pony Up for Pink, Saddle Up Against Hunger, Family Fun Day, and, Foundation Friday, and great shopping, with over 70 vendors featuring clothing, antiques, art work, jewelry and equestrian products including a food concession area. Named “Horse Show of the Year” by the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame and “Top 25” by the North American Riders Group, the show is respected by competitors and enjoyed by spectators of all ages. For more information, updates, promotions, and more, visit www.panational.org or call (717)770-0222.