By: PNHS on
Oct. 17th, 2018
"I had hoped to win, but I didn't know how realistic that was," gushed Moggre. "These past two weeks have been awesome and this week is not over yet, so I'm super excited. This is my first time doing the open jumpers, and my first open jumper class at Harrisburg and it really treated me well and I'm very thankful for that."
Ireland's Darragh Kenny took the early lead over the Michel Vaillancourt-designed course riding Carlo, owned by Ann Thompson, in a clear round time of 58.39 seconds. Nicole Walker (CAN) also went clear on Excellent B going slightly slower, in 58.98, for third place. Moggre shaved off nearly three seconds taking over the top spot with a time of 55.92. He watched as each remaining entry failed to best him, but the final two were known for their speedy victories, Andrew Kocher on Damokles and Laura Chapot on Chandon Blue. In the end each knocked down a rail and the 17-year-old resident of Flower Mound, TX was declared the winner.
"I was nervous, that's for sure. In reality my horse was amazing. This was his first time showing here, so I was really pleased with him. No matter how this turned out, I was very thankful for what happened," said Moggre. "He was so quick and clever on my turn back to the vertical that we were able to shave off a lot of time there. He was so eager and so smart and that really worked out in my favor. When I realized that I won, I tried to contain my excitement. It's super exciting. It's amazing!"
Earlier in the evening, Molly Ashe-Cawley won the $10,000 1.40m Speed Challenge with the fastest clear round time of 51.81 seconds. Ashe-Cawley blazed the trail on Louisburg Farm's Picobello Choppin PC going first in the massive field of 53 starters. That time held up despite the best efforts of Abigail Mc Ardle and Victorio 5, owned by Victorio Equine Group, LLC, who finished second going clear in 52.11. Laura Chapot and Calafornia, owned by Mary and Laura Chapot, were clear in a time of 52.72 seconds for third.
"It was great out there. It was a nice course," said Ashe-Cawley. "It was a good course for us. Everything came up really quickly, but my horse is good about going indoors and he's speedy anyway."
The final combination of Andrew Kocher and Quarto Mail, owned by Mko Equestrian, LLC, challenged Ashe-Cawley and finished with a faster time, but they knocked down the rail on the last fence giving them four faults and taking them out of contention.
"I got lucky. I knew I was fast and I did all the inside turns, but I thought I could get beat," continued Ashe-Cawley. "My horse 'Chops' was great and everything went in our favor today."
In honor of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show once again teamed up with the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition for the "Pony Up for Pink" campaign. Riders showed their support by sporting pink armbands and prior to the start of the Dash for Cash, local stars "threw down the gauntlet" in a relay race in the Pony Up for Pink Celebrity Challenge.