The PNHS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is planning to build its base to expand financial assistance to the groups it supports and to raise awareness of the Foundation in the horse community. Founded in 1999, the Foundation has supported youth and equine activities including many horse rescue and equine therapy groups.
For the first time in its 71- year history, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation hosted two Therapy Riding Championships and awarded its first ever, Therapy Horse of the Year.
Two Therapy Championship classes were held – Assisted and Unassisted – and riders qualified by competing in designated shows over the summer (scroll down to see photos!). Classes judged riders’ abilities on equitation, position and communication with their horse. Winning the Assisted Therapy Championship was Charles Turnbaugh (upper left) of Newville, PA on “Mister Sneedercise.” Winning the Unassisted Therapy Championship was Rhiannon Calp of Hanover, PA on “Rio” (upper center).
All of the qualified riders received embroidered backpacks filled with helmets, show shirts, riding socks, boot shine materials, and horse treats.
Also awarded was the first ever “Therapy Horse of the Year” (upper right). Clyde from Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy in Philadelphia, PA was chosen for his exceptional and perceptive temperament, patience and extensive years of service as a therapy horse. Clyde was presented with a Horse of the Year embroidered cooler and a wagon full of treats, saddle pads and tack.
Riders worked to qualify during the summer by showing at one of the following local Pennsylvania horse shows: Columbia Riding Club on July 10; Benefit for the Shining Stars Therapeutic Riding Program on August 6 at the Gettysburg Riding Club; and Leg Up Farm Horse Show on September 10 at the farm in Mt Wolf. All riders who participated in the designated classes at one of these shows were invited to ride at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. "We are excited to give these riders a venue as special as the Pennsylvania National Horse Show to showcase their skills. An additional highlight of our Championship was honoring a Therapy Horse of the Year," said Rebecca Kinsley, Director of the Foundation.
Photos from participating show, Gettysburg Riding Club!
Photos from participating show, Leg Up Farm!