Harrisburg, PA – October 10, 2019 – The 2019 Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) opened Thursday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg with many talented junior riders competing in several hunter classes. Among the highest placings were Maddie Tosh and Cold Harbor, who rode to top honors in both rounds of the Large Junior Hunter 3’3” Division. The famed indoor show continues through October 19 with more than $650,000 prize money is awarded during the 10-day show, with the biggest prize coming in the exciting $134,000 Grand Prix de Penn National grand finale!

In Thursday’s Large Junior Hunter 3’3” Division, Tosh and Cold Harbor earned an impressive score of 85.00 over fences and 84.00 in the handy round for back-to-back wins. Tosh also rode Gotham to a second-place finish in the Small Junior Hunter 3’3” Division, ending her round with an 87.00.

In the Small Junior 3’3” Hunter, Illusion, beautifully ridden by Ella Sherman, took the win in the classic over-fences round, with a score of 89.00. Elizabeth Cram and Notable earned an 82.00 for first in the handy.

The Large Junior 3’6” Hunter 16-17-Year-Old class went to Ellie Ferrigno who piloted Castile to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 85.00 in the classic. The Large Junior 3’6” Handy Hunter 16-17-Year-Old round was awarded to Caroline Blake and Everglow with a score of 85.00.

In the Small Junior 3’6” Hunter, Riders 16-17-Year-Old Division, Maggie Hill won the classic over-fences class with an 86.00 and took fourth with a 78.00 in the handy round aboard O’Ryan. Hill later returned to the ring with Cassanto to place second in both Large Junior 3’6” Hunter, Riders 16-17-Year-Old classes, earning an 84.00 in both classic and handy rounds.

Now in its 74th year, the PNHS hosts over 1,400 of the best hunter, jumper and equitation riders from across the nation – including Olympic veterans and National Champions. USEF Premier rated for Hunters, USEF 6* and FEI CSI3* rated for Jumpers, the PNHS is a designated “USEF Heritage Competition,” an honor reserved for a select group of exceptional competitions.

This year’s PNHS will host two internationally sanctioned FEI CSI3* jumper classes, designed by FEI 4* Course Designer and Olympic Silver medalist, Michel Vaillancourt. The nation’s top jumping riders and horses will go head-to-head in the $60,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump, with an increase of $10,000 in prize money over last year, and the $134,000 Grand Prix de Penn National which is held on the show’s final day, Saturday, October 19.

Junior Weekend takes place October 10-13, while Senior Week takes place October 14-19. The famed show features eight National Championships, including the Dover Saddlery/US Hunter Seat Equitation Medal Final which has launched the careers of some of the sport’s most elite riders, as well as the Neue Schule/USEF National Junior Jumper Individual and USEF Prix de States Team Championships.
The show also features the North American League (NAL) Finals and its fourth annual Therapeutic Riding Championships, as well as unique classes such Ladies Sidesaddle and Hunt Night on Monday, October 14.

Event Highlights

There are many planned attractions at the PNHS both inside and outside the arena and there is something for everyone. Several days have free admission, parking is free, and children 10 and under are always admitted free! Click here for complete Schedule and Ticket Information.
VIP Terrace – new location!
The EMO VIP Terrace is now located on the long side of the arena facing the In-Gate. This will allow for additional tables to be available for sale on the VIP Terrace. Contact PA National Horse Show to reserve a table. Click here for map image.

Shoppers Delight
With everything under one roof, the PNHS also plays host to some of the best horse show shopping! More than 60 specialty boutique shops offer hours of shopping on two levels and range from high-end shops reminiscent of Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive including antiques, fine art, clothing, gifts, accessories, rider apparel, horse tack and much more! And stop by the Silent Auction – all 10 days in the PA Room on the upper concourse.

For additional information including sponsorship opportunities, program ad details, Silent Auction donations and vendor space applications, please visit the horse show’s website at Applications are also available for eligible Junior riders to apply for The Claire Mawdsley Scholarship awards.

Established in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, hosts the country’s top competitors in one of the largest indoor horse shows. Proceeds from the horse show benefit The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, providing support for therapeutic riding programs and equine rescue groups. Make plans to join us October 10 – 19, 2019 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. For more information on the show or to donate to the Foundation, please visit