Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation Awards More Than $50,000 to Grant Recipients 

Thirty-one therapeutic riding programs and horse rescue groups received 2022 grant funding from the PNHS Foundation. Photo by Brittany Ann Photography

Edited Press Release

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation publicly announced this week that 31 therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs have been named as the PNHS Foundation’s 2022 grant recipients.

Each year, the PNHS Foundation makes annual grants available to equine non-profit organizations for charitable and educational purposes. Thanks to the support of generous sponsors and the continued growth of the PNHS – a prestigious US Equestrian Heritage Competition held each October at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA – the Foundation was this year able to award more than $50,000 in total funding.

The 2022 PNHS Foundation grant recipients are as follows:

“For us, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show is about so much more than the top equestrian competition held each October; it’s also the primary vessel that makes it possible to give back through the PNHS Foundation,” said Susie Shirk, Executive Director of the PNHS. “The Foundation is the heart of what we do, and we’re extremely appreciative of all of the sponsors, donors, exhibitors and spectators that have made it possible to continue to increase the Foundation’s giving and its mission of ‘Enriching Lives Through Equestrian Sport.’”

Elaine Smith, Program Director for Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center in New Ringgold, PA, shared, “We are especially grateful for these funds during this still difficult year due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. The grant will help us to replace our worn helmets to help keep our special riders safe.”

In addition to providing grant funding, the PNHS Foundation also hosts the LifeVac Therapeutic Riding Championships each year on “Foundation Friday” during the horse show. Pictured at the 2022 event is Therapy Horse of the Year “Duncan” of Walnut Grove Therapeutic Center in Dover, PA. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

For groups like Special Equestrians in Warrington, PA, the grant funding will allow them to create an emergency medical fund for the organizations’ horses. Other organizations will continue to grow therapeutic riding programs, like those offered at Leg Up Farm in Mt. Wolf, PA, where they hope to provide 15,000 therapy appointments in 2023.

Renée Bench, President of Kent Association of Riding Therapy in Worton, MD, said, “[The PNHS Foundation’s gift] will be put to good use funding various components necessary for the success of the program: PATH Certified riding instruction, horse care and equipment, special lifts and ramps, helmets and safety gear for the riders and insurances. The therapeutic riding program can truly change a life, bringing joy, self-esteem and riding skills to special needs children and adults.”

Applications for the 2023 PNHS Foundation grants will be made available in July.

In addition to providing grant funding, the PNHS Foundation also hosts the LifeVac Therapeutic Riding Championships each year on “Foundation Friday” during the horse show. For more information on the PNHS visit

The 2023 Pennsylvania National Horse Show will be held October 12-22. Sponsorship opportunities are available now. Contact for sponsorship information. 

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