Inaugural PNHS Foundation Therapeutic Championship Takes Center Stage PNHS Honors Therapy Horse Of The Year

Charles Turnbaugh and Mister Sheedercise win the Inaugural PNHS Walk/Trot Assisted Therapeutic Championship    Al Cook


Harrisburg, PA – October 21, 2016 – Friday night, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, presented by the Lindsey Maxwell Charitable Fund, opened the in-gate to the coliseum, and their hearts, to honor some very special horses and their riders, and one extraordinary horse, in particular, as Therapeutic Horse of the Year.

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation invited 14 riders to compete at the PNHS in the Inaugural PNHS Foundation Therapeutic Championships.  The riders paraded into the ring for two classes of therapeutic riding, the same ring in which many Olympic and world champions compete.  These riders, like every other participant at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, had to qualify in order to be invited to show.  They qualified by participating in any one of three qualifying competitions held around the state this summer.  All riders who met the qualifying requirements were invited to ride at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

For the Championship, two classes were held, Walk/Trot Assisted and Walk/Trot Unassisted.  The riders were judged on their equitation, with Judge Louise Serio looking at their position and how they communicate with their horse.

Winning the Walk/Trot Assisted Class was Charles Turnbaugh of Newville, PA, riding Mister Sneedercise in western tack and attire.  Second place was Gabrielle Arce of Shermans Dale, PA, on Lucy.  Lucas Flick from York, PA, rode Peponitas Top Smoke to take third place.  Fourth place went to Allen Schlasta, Mount Wolf, PA, aboard She’s My Lucky Charm.  The fifth place ribbon went to Jordan Witt, Red Lion, PA, and Hot C Zippo.  Sixth place was Alexander Lantz of Shrewsbury, PA, with Cinderella’s Glass Slipper.  In seventh place was Baylee Gilson from Spring Grove, PA, riding He’s My Fancy Hobby, and eighth place was Brooke Castriota from New Freedom, PA, with ZTF Toby’s Sandy.

The Walk/Trot Unassisted class winner was Rhiannon Calp who rode Rio to victory.  Second place went to Grace Strayer from York, PA, on She’s My Lucky Charm.  Third place was Ariana Garde, also from York, PA, who rode He’s My Fancy Hobby.  The fourth place finisher was Emily Lipsitz, Dover, PA, who rode Peponitas Top Smoke.  Fifth place went to Allison Lander from Seven Valley, PA, on Cinderella’s Glass Slipper and sixth lace was Alex Petrosky, York, PA, on Hot C Zippo.

For the first time the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation honored, as Therapeutic Horse of the Year, Clyde.  Clyde calls Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy in Philadelphia, PA, home, and for the past 17 years has been a major part of their therapeutic program. Through his patience, kindness and unflappable temperament, numerous children have experienced the benefits that can be gained through equine assisted therapy.  The PNHS Foundation proudly presented Clyde with the very first Therapy Horse of the Year Award as part of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

The PNHS Foundation honored Clyde as Therapy Horse of the Year.  Al Cook
The PNHS Foundation honored Clyde as Therapy Horse of the Year. Al Cook

More About the PNHS

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1999 that assists in funding therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs.  The proceeds from the PNHS are divided between the PNHS Foundation and The Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation. The PNHS Foundation gives to equine programs while the Kiwanis Foundation donates to youth programs. The PNHS has donated $1.68 million dollars to the Kiwanis Youth Foundation since its inception in 1947 and has donated $350,000 to local therapy and equine groups since 1999. Applications for grants are accepted throughout the year with action upon requests awarded in September.

Now in its 71st year, the PNHS is one of the most historic horse shows in the U.S., featuring the best in the sport of hunters and jumpers and is the launching ground for many future Olympians. 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 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, which will be held on the final day of the show on October 22.

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 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 10 p.m.

Tickets for the Grand Prix and Ben Gallaher Country Music Finale are available NOW at 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.

The show also features special theme days, Family Fun Day, and great shopping, with over 70 vendors featuring clothing, antiques, art work, jewelry and equestrian products. For more information, updates, promotions, and more, visit or call (717)770-0222. 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 or through