Senior Week Underway at 72nd Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – October 17, 2017  “Senior Week” got underway Tuesday morning at the 2017 Pennsylvania National Horse Show presented by The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund (PNHS). Featuring top riders from across the country and around the world, including several Olympic veterans, the horse show runs through Saturday, October 21 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

For over 70 years, the PNHS has continued to be one of the most prestigious, as well as one of the largest indoor, horse shows in the U.S. Following a successful “Junior Weekend” this past weekend, October 12-15, “Senior Week,” now follows, highlighted by 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 the top jumping riders and horses.

Among the competitions featured during “Senior Week” are:

•Professional Hunter divisions including High Performance Hunter, Green Hunter, Green Conformation Hunter, and Pre-Green Hunter

•North American League Finals (NAL) in Adult, Children and Low Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumpers

•Amateur-Owner Hunters

•Jumper Divisions including U25 and Amateur-Owner

•Open Jumper and FEI classes including the Dash for the Cash, PA Big Jump, and Keystone Classic, and highlighted on Saturday evening, October 21, by the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund

Leslie Howard is one of the world-class riders competing at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show(c) Al Cook – www.alcookphoto.com

“We are excited to host an array of classes with so many top exhibitors during “Senior Week,” said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. “It is sure to be an exciting week with great competition.”

The list of Open Jumper riders who will vie for top prize money includes Olympic veterans Leslie Howard (USA), Ian Millar (CAN), Amy Millar (CAN), Mario Deslauriers (CAN), Ben Maher (GBR) and Beat Mandli (SUI). Other top U.S. riders entered at this year’s PNHS include Laura Chapot, Katie Dinan, Molly Ashe-Cawley, Kelli Cruciotti, Andrew Kocher, Peter Lutz, Christine McCrea, Jonathan McCrea, Michael Morrissey, TJ O’Mara, Cara Raether Carey, Callan Solem, Jimmy Torano, and Danielle Torano.

Following the Grand Prix on Saturday evening, the following awards will be presented:

Caretaker Award

Moira Jane Caffarey Memorial Perpetual Trophy donated by Her Friends and The George L. Hennessy Memorial Perpetual Trophy donated by His Friends will be awarded to the caretaker of the Prix de Penn National winning horse. The Cafferey-Hennessy Groom’s Award was first awarded in 1998. It was the first award of its kind to be awarded in the U.S.

Open Jumper Championship

The William J. Cawley Memorial Challenge Trophy donated by Mr. & Mrs. Brian G. Cawley will be awarded to the Champion and Reserve Champion horses with the greatest number of points in classes 204, 205, 212 and 213.

Leading Rider Award for Open Jumper

The Hunterdon Challenge Trophy donated by Hunterdon, Inc. will be awarded to the rider gaining the greatest number of points in Open Jumper Classes 201-205, 211, 2012 and 213.

Leading Lady Rider Award for Open Jumper

The Wissie Brede Memorial Challenge Trophy donated by Debbie Stephens, Jeff Wirthman and Tom Wright, will be awarded to the female rider gaining the greatest number of points in Open Jumper classes 201-205, 211, 212 and 213.

Admission Information

October 16-18 – Daily admission FREE for all ages the ENTIRE DAY AND EVENING!

Thursday, October 19 – Pony Up for Pink with the PA Breast Cancer Coalition

Free Admission for Survivors!  Tickets: Adult $15; Students & Senior Citizens $10; 4-Pack $40

Friday, 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.

Saturday, October 21- Grand Prix Day featuring the $100,000 Prix de Penn National Presented by the Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund – Tickets are good ALL day; re-entry w/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

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.

Further information, updates, promotions, ticket information and more is available at www.PANational.org or by calling 717-770-0222.