Oct. 15th, 2019
Harrisburg, PA – October 15, 2019 – Carrying on a time-honored tradition, competitors wearing formal hunting attire competed in Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Tuesday evening at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS). Ashleigh Glorioso and her 20-year-old Thoroughbred Epilogue were the pair to beat.
Displaying elegance, superior manners, and a strong performance, Glorioso and Epilogue won both the Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Over Fences class, which is a course of eight fences set at three feet, and the Sallie Jones Sexton Perpetual Trophy in the Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Hack, which is a flat class that also incorporates two fences set at 2’6”. This placed them well ahead of the field to claim the Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Championship and Grand Duchess Perpetual Trophy, which has been awarded at the PNHS since 1987.
While it was Epilogue’s first time in the big ring at the PNHS, this was Glorioso’s third consecutive win in the Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Championship. Amanda Ramey accepted the Grooms Award for her care of Epilogue.
Glorioso started riding sidesaddle as a junior in 4-H, following in her mother’s footsteps. “It’s something I like doing because it is different, old-fashioned, you dress up,” said Glorioso, who also rides and competes astride. “I do a lot of Thoroughbreds, young horses, and green horses. This is a way for me to come to some of the bigger venues.”
Epilogue is a former racehorse, who ran on dirt before moving on to steeplechasing. Since linking up with Glorioso, they’ve done a bit of everything together, from hunters to jumpers and now sidesaddle.
“He’s actually taken to the sidesaddle very well. He’s done it for a few years now so it’s not new to him,” Glorioso said. “This is his first time going in a big indoor, so for him to come in and be as good as he was is spectacular.”
Earning the title of Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Reserve Champion was Pamela Cibula and Brenda Madison’s Tortuga. The pair were also winners of the Ladies Hunter Sidesaddle Under Saddle class.
For complete results please go to www.Ryegate.com.
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.
Senior Week takes place October 14-19, featuring the show’s fourth annual Therapeutic Riding Championships as well as unique classes such Ladies Sidesaddle and Hunt Night.
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.