By: on Oct. 17th, 2019

Harrisburg, PA – October 17, 2019 – After a thrilling jump-off in Thursday’s $60,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump, Switzerland’s Beat Mändli won top honors with Grant Road Partners LLC’s Galan S. Course designer Michel Vaillancourt set a challenging track at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS), which saw just five out of 24 starters move on to the second round. Mändli came out on top with the only clear round in the jump-off.

“I think (Galan S) is the sweetest horse I’ve ever ridden,” Mändli said of the 13-year-old Belgian Warmblood. “He’s so nice. Honestly, he’s like a kid. He really wants to please. He doesn’t try to do anything wrong. He always tries his best, and I think that’s the best part apart from his ability to clear the jumps and do what we ask.”

Beezie Madden, straight off a win in the $36,000 1.45m Harrisburg Sprint, was first in the ring for the jump-off aboard Abigail Wexner’s Coach. They lowered a rail on the fourth fence, and the next two competitors misjudged the turn to the second obstacle. Mändli posted the first clear round, setting the pace at 37.59 seconds with one rider remaining. He ultimately took home the $19,800 winner’s share of the prize money and the Second Cannabis Challenge Trophy.

“I went near the end so that was an advantage for me. The other ones made some mistakes here and there so I could slow down a bit,” Mändli said. “(Galan S) is jumping (in the grand prix Saturday) and he has another two weeks ahead of him. He’s going to Washington (International Horse Show) and we’re practicing a little bit for that. … We’re trying to move him up this year.”

Marilyn Little and Karen O’Connor’s Clearwater were the final pair to jump off. They were quick across the ground but misjudged the first element of the double combination. Although they had the fastest time (34.32 seconds), a jumping penalty placed them second.

“My horse sprouted wings and somehow managed to jump out of the combination,” Little said of the 12-year-old Holsteiner. “I thought I’d just go a touch wider (in the turn to the double) and I just lost the rhythm for a second and the distance got away from me and got really long. He reached for it and made it work. What a good boy. … I think the world of him. He tries to win on the best nights, and he will save you on the worst.”

$60,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump
1 Beat Mandli and Galan S (SUI) | 0/0 | $19,800
2 Marilyn Little and Clearwater (USA) | 0/4/34.32 | $12,000
3 Beezie Madden and Coach (USA) | 0/4/36.27 | $9,000
4 Amy Millar and Truman (CAN) | 0/8 | $6,000
5 Mario Deslauriers and Amsterdam 27 (CAN) | 0/15 | $3,600
6 Molly Ashe Cawley and Van De Emma (USA) | 1 | $2,700
7 Lexi Ray and Jewel 8 (CAN) | 4/55.22 | $1,800
8 Annabella Sanchez and Incitatus (USA) | 4/59.55 | $1,500
9 Peter Lutz and Quinta 106 (USA) | 4/61.90 | $1,200
10 Thaisa Erwin and Evita (AUS) | 5 | $1,200
11 Katherine Dinan and Atika Des Hauts Vents (USA) | 8/57.18 | $600
12 Sydney Shulman and Villamoura (ISR) | 8/58.00 | $600

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 marquee $134,000 Grand Prix de Penn National which is held on the show’s final day, Saturday, October 19.
Also featured during Senior Week (October 14-19) are 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.