Support the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation This Giving Tuesday

Posted on 11/29/2022

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) is best known for its 10 days of top-caliber competition, held each October at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA, but it’s the PNHS Foundation that is the heart of the event – and what makes it so much more than ‘just a horse show.’ 

Established in 1999 and dedicated to "Enriching Lives Through Equestrian Sport," the PNHS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports equine rescue and therapeutic riding programs, with annual Foundation grants providing scholarships for students in need, care for therapy horses, equipment for horses and riders and much more.

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Dayner Dominates in USEF / NCEA Hunt Seat Medal Final - East

Posted on 10/22/2022

Harrisburg, PA - The USEF/NCEA Hunt Seat Medal Final - East kicked off competition in the Keystone Arena on Saturday, October 22, the final day of the 2022 Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Thirty-one top equitation riders from across the country had their place in the order of go, determined by a draw the day prior. Schuyler Dayner, of Odessa, FL, had a plan to maintain a top position throughout the medal, and she did just that, executing flawless rounds until she emerged as the eventual victor by a single point with a final score of 92.

“My plan was just to go in and have a solid first trip to be in a good position heading in to the flat phase,” Dayner explained. “After the flat, the goal was to qualify for the bracket phase and to continue having consistent, solid rounds on each horse.”

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McLain Ward and First Lady Preside Over $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National

Posted on 10/22/2022

Harrisburg, PA – McLain Ward and First Lady rode away with the win in the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National, presented by Forrester Farm Equipment, in an exciting finale to the 2022 Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA.  
 
Thirty-four entries took on the challenging track designed by Andersen Lima, with the crowd erupting enthusiastically as, one-by-one, seven riders punched their tickets to the jump-off.  
 
Ward and First Lady, owned by Robin Parsky, were the final entry to return, and when they entered the Harrisburg Coliseum, the time to beat had been set at 34.883 seconds by Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa on Quality FZ, owned by Pessoa and Artemis Equestrian Farm. As Ward crossed the timers, spectators held their breath before breaking into applause when his final time appeared on the scoreboard as 34.638 seconds, just two-tenths of a second faster than Pessoa’s time.

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Laurie Barna Bests Competition to Emerge as Grand Champion Adult Amateur Hunter

Posted on 10/21/2022

Harrisburg, PA - The Adult Amateur Hunter divisions concluded on Friday, with all three age groups vying for the overall grand champion title. At the finale of division classes, Laurie Barna and Hundred Acre emerged victorious. The combination, now paired for over four years, laid down a series of impressive performances in the Adult Amateur Hunter 36-49 division and earned rankings of two firsts, a second, and a third throughout their division. 

“This is our goal all year long,” expressed Barna. “It’s super exciting; we pick a handful of shows to do and hope we qualify, so when we do it’s great and then when it turns out like today, you just can’t ask for any more.” 

Their success first treated them to the champion title of the division, but the performance produced a consistent enough result to earn the overall honors as well.

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Christian Coyle Claims Victory in $30,000 Alltech/Lifeforce 1.30m Grand Prix at Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Posted on 10/21/2022

Harrisburg, PA – For the second year in a row, victory in the Pennsylvania National Horse Show’s Friday night grand prix belonged to Christian Coyle. This time, the Irish rider topped the $30,000 Alltech/Lifeforce 1.30m Grand Prix, held on October 21, aboard Locato van het Kapelhof.
 
Coyle and the 11-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding were one of 14 entries from the 30-horse field to advance to the Anderson Lima-designed short course. When Coyle returned to the Harrisburg Coliseum as the 10th to jump-off, Alex Granato and Indio had set the time to beat 35.52 seconds, but Coyle made short work of it. He and Locato van het Kapelhof, stopped the clock in a lightning fast 33.75 seconds that would hold up for the win. Granato held on to second place with Indio, owned by Reanna Stahl, and Laura Chapot and Gideon, owned by Mary Chapot, rounded out the top three with a time of 35.75 seconds.

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