McLain Ward Wins $5,000 Open Jumper Speed Challenge
The $5,000 Speed Challenge was the big class of the night with 41 entries, in which competitors tried their best to complete the 11 jump course fault-free in the fastest time. It was an exciting competition as our nation's top riders galloped around the course cutting corners where they could to clinch the win.
Olympic rider McLain Ward of Brewster, NY, and ZANDER were the fastest of the night, jumping clear and crossing the timers in 55.857 seconds for the blue ribbon. Karen Polle of New York, NY, and WHAT EVER took second place completing in 61.396 seconds, while third placed Leslie Howard of Darien, CT and MOONDOGGIE finished in 61.416 seconds.
Beezie Madden Wins $33,000 Keystone Classic at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Beezie Madden, of Cazenovia, NY, and her 2012 Olympic team partner CORAL REEF VIA VOLO, 24th into the ring, sailed around the course faultlessly in an unbeatable time of 59.52 seconds to clinch the win out of the 29 starters. The mare is known around the barn as "Shrimp" for her tiny size of 15.2 hands.
Karen Polle, of New York, NY, and WHAT EVER also jumped clear, but had a slightly slower time of 62.16 seconds to finish in second place. Switzerland's Beat Mandli and ZAZA HARVEY finished just a fraction behind in 62.17 seconds, finishing in third place.
Beat Mandli and Antares F Win $85,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix de Penn National
Olympic silver medalist Beat Mandli of Switzerland, proved unbeatable aboard ANTARES F, producing the only double clear round of the field of 32 riders to win the $85,000 FEI World Cup Grand Prix de Penn National and the Harrisburg Kiwanis Club Challenge Trophy. In addition, Mandli won the Open Jumper Championship for the William J. Cawley and Brian G. Cawley Perpetual Memorial Trophy, and was presented with the Open Jumper Leading Rider Award and the Hunterdon, Inc. Challenge Trophy.
Show proceeds benefit community youth and equine programs