By: on Oct. 17th, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – October 17, 2019 – Returning to defend their 2018 title in the $36,000 1.45m Harrisburg Sprint, Beezie Madden and Abigail Wexner’s Jiva successfully outpaced their competitors at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS).

Riding first of 20 in the order, Victoria Birdsall set the bar high with a speedy clear round of 54.39 seconds aboard Djumpsina SFN. Their time was quickly surpassed by Madden, riding fourth in the order. Her blistering time of 50.79 seconds proved uncatchable as the class continued.

“I went early, so I planned to just be a little on the attack,” Madden said. “It was quite fast in the beginning and settled down a little at the end. I think there were a couple places someone could have nipped me doing one less stride somewhere, but she (Jiva) has a lot of natural foot speed so it carried over.”

Repeating last year’s victory in the $36,000 1.45m Harrisburg Sprint, Madden and Jiva walked away with the winner’s share of $11,880 and the James V. Tanzole Family Perpetual Trophy.

“She’s just a very good horse to have to try to win some speed classes,” Madden said of the 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood mare. “She can do a little bit bigger than this as well, but she’s a great horse to have. It’s good to have a horse you can go fast with and have the confidence she’ll leave all the fences up.”

$36,000 1.45m Harrisburg Sprint
1 Beezie Madden and Jiva (USA) | 0/50.79 | $11,880
2 Ali Ramsay and Casino (CAN) | 0/51.79 | $7,200
3 Natalie Dean and Ceitasi (USA) | 0/53.36 | $5,400
4 Victoria Birdsall and Djumpsina SFN (USA) | 0/54.39 | $3,600
5 Peter Lutz and Excellent (USA) | 0/55.27 | $2,160
6 Roberto Teran Tafur and Dena-Sienne (COL) | 0/56.65 | $1,620
7 Susan Horn and Chacca Keeps II (CAN) | 0/66.72 | $1,080
8 Samantha Schaefer and Zarina de Vidau (USA) | 4/50.98 | $900
9 Callan Solem and Jasmijn van de Renthoeve (USA) | 4/54.51 | $720
10 Eryn Ballard and Canora Z (CAN) | 4/55.24 | $720
11 Mario Deslauriers and Jamaica van Paemel (CAN) | 4/55.28 | $360
12 Sharn Wordley and Any (NZL) | 4/55.72 | $360

Shadow Ridge was also acknowledged for winning the Senior Week Tack Room Award.

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 North American League (NAL) Jumper Finals and the show’s fourth annual Therapeutic Riding Championships.

Event Highlights

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.


Shoppers Delight
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.