Oct. 15th, 2019
Harrisburg, PA – October 15, 2019 – The excitement continues at the 2019 Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) with the opening of Senior Week (October 14-19), which will feature top hunter and jumper riders in classes such as Ladies Sidesaddle, the $60,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump, three NAL Jumper Finals and the marquee $134,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.
Now in its 74th year, the PNHS hosts over 1,400 of the best hunter, jumper and equitation riders from across the nation – including Olympic veterans and National Champions. USEF Premier rated for Hunters, USEF 6* and FEI CSI3* rated for Jumpers, the PNHS is a designated “USEF Heritage Competition,” an honor reserved for a select group of exceptional competitions.
This year’s PNHS is hosting five internationally sanctioned FEI CSI3* jumper classes, designed by FEI 4* Course Designer and Olympic Silver medalist, Michel Vaillancourt. The nation’s top jumping riders and horses will go head-to-head in the $60,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump, with an increase of $10,000 in prize money over last year, and the $134,000 Grand Prix de Penn National which is held on the show’s final day, Saturday, October 19.
This year’s entries include Olympic medalists and World Cup Champions from seven nations including Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ireland, Israel, Switzerland, and USA. Four-time U.S. Olympic veteran Beezie Madden returns to the PNHS fresh from winning individual and team Bronze medals at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. At last year’s PNHS, Madden took second place in the $50,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump and won both the Leading Rider Award and Leading Lady Rider Award for Open Jumpers.
Also returning is Switzerland’s Beat Mandii, a two-time Olympian who won a team Silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and was also the 2007 FEI World Cup Champion. At last year’s PNHS, Mandii bested a six-horse jump-off to win the Grand Prix de Penn National.
Other Olympic veterans on the entry list include Canada’s Amy Millar and countryman Mac Cone. Countrymen Keean White and Erynn Ballard will also compete against Roberto Teran of Colombia, Jonathan Corrigan of Ireland, Sydney Shulman representing Israel, and Thaisa Erwin of Australia. Other top U.S. riders coming to Harrisburg include Laura Chapot, Katie Dinan, Jimmy Torano, David Raposa, Peter Lutz, Andrew Kocher, Sarah Scheiring, and Callan Solem.
To follow the show’s complete results, please visit Ryegate.com.
There are many planned attractions at the PNHS both inside and outside the arena and there is something for everyone. Several days have free admission, parking is free, and children 10 and under are always admitted free! Click here for complete Schedule and Ticket Information.
With everything under one roof, the PNHS also plays host to some of the best horse show shopping! More than 60 specialty boutique shops offer hours of shopping on two levels and range from high-end shops reminiscent of Fifth Avenue and Rodeo Drive including antiques, fine art, clothing, gifts, accessories, rider apparel, horse tack and much more! And stop by the Silent Auction – all 10 days in the PA Room on the upper concourse.
For additional information including sponsorship opportunities, program ad details, Silent Auction donations and vendor space applications, please visit the horse show’s website at www.Panational.org. Applications are also available for eligible Junior riders to apply for The Claire Mawdsley Scholarship awards.
Established in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, hosts the country’s top competitors in one of the largest indoor horse shows. Proceeds from the horse show benefit The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, providing support for therapeutic riding programs and equine rescue groups. Make plans to join us October 10 – 19, 2019 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. For more information on the show or to donate to the Foundation, please visit www.PAnational.org.