Harrisburg, PA – October 14, 2019 – Members from eight registered Hunts from all across Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia came together with their horses for friendly competition Monday night at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS). As no Hunt Night is complete without foxhounds, the members and hounds of the Kimberton Hunt entertained the crowd with a demonstration of how foxhounds work together as a pack.
The Hunt Teams competition saw 13 teams vie for the title in a class where three riders from the hunt follow each other over a course of obstacles and then jump in unison over the last fence. Emerging victorious to claim the Potomac Hunt Challenge Trophy was Elkridge Harford Hunt Team 1, made up of Ashton Williams’ Champagne Chic and Peace Party, along with Lambert Boyce’s Respectful Ed.
Taking the blue ribbon and the Max C. Hempt Perpetual Trophy in the Field Hunters – Riders 35 & Under class was Samantha Schiff aboard Try It Again of the Bull Run Hunt. Coming in first for the Field Hunters – Riders 36 & Over class, and winning the Chairmans Perpetual Trophy, was Billy Frederik and Chasin Charlie, also of Bull Run.
In the Gentleman’s Hunter Under Saddle, John Wilkowski and Westwood of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds came out on top to earn the blue and the Rose Tree Perpetual Trophy.
Elizabeth Rock of the Bull Run Hunt won the Ladies’ Hunter Under Saddle aboard Newsroom and received the Betty Baldwin Meister Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Rock was also awarded the “Polly” Gingrich Caswell Perpetual Trophy as the Leading Lady Rider.
Hunt Night culminated with the awarding of the Ralph A. Alfano Memorial Perpetual Trophy, which is given to the hunt that acquired the most points throughout the night. This year, the trophy was presented to Bull Run Hunt, earning ribbons in every class for a total of 32 points.
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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 is hosting five 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.
Senior Week takes place October 14-19, featuring the show’s fourth annual Therapeutic Riding Championships as well as unique classes such Ladies Sidesaddle and Hunt Night.
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.
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 www.Panational.org. 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 www.PAnational.org.