Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – October 11, 2017 – In addition to hosting some of the nation’s top hunter and jumper competitions, the prestigious 2017 Pennsylvania National Horse Show presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund (PNHS) will feature special charity theme days, an assortment of exciting special events and fantastic boutique shopping from over 70 vendors. The 72nd annual event, along with its list of top sponsors, returns to its traditional location at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, October 12-21.
Featured throughout the PNHS will be special charity days to fight hunger, promote breast cancer awareness, and showcase therapeutic riders. Spectators will be able to enjoy over 70 boutiques shops, a wide variety of food choices, and ‘Happy Hour’ each day plus the new PNHS signature drink, the ‘Dapple Apple’ to support the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation! There will also be live entertainment, autograph sessions, and special guest appearances.
Special Events – Junior Weekend October 12-15
- “Saddle Up Against Hunger” with the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank: Attendees who purchase tickets AT THE DOOR during Junior weekend and bring two non-perishable food items, preferably peanut butter, will receive a $5 discount. FREE PARKING.
- October 12 & 13 – Fan Appreciation Day – Free Admission for everyone!FREE PARKING.
- October 14 – Family Fun Day 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – The day will feature Mascots, Crafts, Pony Rides, Chipper the Pony, Story Telling by two Local Authors. The highlighted class of the day is the exciting Neue Schule Junior Jumper Championships. Children 10 and under are admitted FREE. General Admission – $12, Students & Senior Citizens – $7, Family 4-pack General Admission (all ages) – $30. FREE PARKING.
Special Events – Senior Week October 16-21
- October 16 – 18 – Fan Appreciation Day – Free Admission for all! FREE PARKING.
- October 18 – Military Appreciation Day – Show your military I.D. and receive a FREE TICKET to Saturday’s Grand Prix. FREE PARKING.
- October 19 – ‘Pony Up for Pink!’ with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition – Free Admission for breast cancer survivors! Tickets: Adult $15; Students & Senior Citizens $10; 4-Pack $40. FREE PARKING.
- October 20 – Foundation Friday featuring Therapy Riding Championships and Therapy Horse of the Year Award. Tickets: Adult $15; Students & Senior Citizens $10; 4-Pack $40. FREE PARKING.
- October 21: Grand Prix Day featuring the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund plus appearances with PNHS Special Guest, Libre (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.), Pennsylvania’s Miracle Dog. Singer/Songwriter Kevin Neidig (5:30 – 7:30 p.m.), Audience Course Walk and Autograph Session with the Champs and entertainment by Olivia Farabaugh, former contestant on “The Voice” at the conclusion of the competition (approximately 9:00 p.m.) Also, Special guest appearance by Dr. Chris Ray, star of the Ride TV Show – “Rock Star Vets.” Tickets are good ALL day; re-entry with hand stamp. General Admission: $25 each – 4 pack $75; Reserved Seats Red Level: $40 each – 4 pack $130; Reserved Seats Blue Level: $50 each – 4 pack $175. FREE PARKING.
Spectators will be able to browse a wide variety of boutique shops from over 70 vendors spread over two levels. Some of the vendors include:
- B.J.’s Hunt Room – Fine Gifts, Jewelry & Antiques
- Charles Ancona – Show Jackets & Equestrian Apparel
- Der-Dau – Custom Boots & Shoes
- Saratoga Saddlery – European Equestrian Fashion, Tack & Gifts
- Enise – One of a kind Jewelry
- Equine Impressions – Gifts, Clothing & Jewelry
- C.M. Hadfields – Equestrian Tack & Apparel
- CWD USA – Custom Saddles & Tack
- Kocher Farm & Tack – Tack & Clothing
- Voltaire Design – Saddles, Accessories, Boots
- Briar Hill Signs – Custom Wooden Signs
- Dandy Product – Rubber Mats, Liverpools
- Farm Vet – Horse Health & Pharmacy
- Pinnell Custom Leather – Handcrafted Leather Items
- dac® Vitamins and Minerals – Nutritional Products for Horses and Livestock
“We have a lot of great special events and entertainment lined up for visitors to enjoy at our show this year in addition to watching phenomenal horses and riders,” said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. “We’d also like to thank our wonderful sponsors for their continued support each year and the valued relationship that we have with each one of them.”
The popularity and prestige of “Harrisburg” creates a perfect venue for sponsor exposure and many sponsors return year after year. “Official” Horse Show Sponsors include:FarmVet, Southern States Horse Feed, Johnson Horse Transportation, RoundTop Mountain Resort, Wilmington Trust, Back on Track, Hadfield’s Saddlery, The Tailored Sportsman, Der-Dau, Kinsley Construction, Essex Classics, Trump Lawn and Land Company, Signature Academics, Platinum Performance, Signature Spurs, The EMO Agency, Inc., Pennsylvania Equestrian, Morgan Stanley, Palm Beach International Academy, Legends, Equus Foundation, EquiThrive, Upper Echelon Academy, Smyth Jewelers, North American League (NAL), World Equestrian Center, Carolina Arena Equipment, Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC, Grand Prix Tutoring, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Professional Insurance Services Inc., Yanmar, and Five Way Farm.
In all, 1,400 qualified Junior and Adult competitors from the U.S. and abroad will vie for more than $500,000 in prize money and eight national championships – including the prestigious Dover Saddlery/USEF
Hunter Seat Medal Final, and Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual and Team Championships. “Junior Weekend” will take place October 12-15, followed by “Senior Week,” October 16-21 which includes the Open Jumper and FEI competitions. This year’s show will again host three internationally sanctioned FEI CSI3* rated jumper classes including the $35,000 Keystone Classic, $40,000 Big Jump, and the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Grand Prix presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund, the culminating event which will be held on Saturday evening, October 21 and will feature over 40 top riders from seven countries, including six Olympic veterans.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization, provides support for therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs. The Foundation makes grants exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to acquaint, teach, and train the public in therapeutic equestrian endeavors and to support equine rescue efforts. Proceeds from the show benefit the Foundation.
The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund is a private, charitable fund. It accepts grant proposals for the benefit of charitable, educational, or scientific purposes, exclusively from tax-exempt, charitable organizations. The issues where the Fund focuses its resources reflect Lindsay’s personal priorities and values: improving the lives of children with special needs; enabling access opportunities to education; and providing care, compassion, and protection to animals.