The 2021 PNHS / LifeVac Therapeutic Riding Championships
On “Foundation Friday” – October 22nd – the Therapeutic Riding Championships were held, sponsored by LifeVac. Two Therapy Championship classes were awarded – Walk and Walk/Trot. Riders qualified by competing in designated shows over the summer: Friendly Horseman’s Club in Denver, PA; Walnut Grove Farms, LLC in Dover, PA; and Leg Up Farm in Mount Wolf, PA.
Winning the Walk Therapy Championship was Olive Bennett from Walnut Grove Farms, LLC. Reserve Champion went to Noah Yahasky, also from Walnut Grove Farms. Winning the Walk/Trot Therapy Championship was Kendall Fetrow from Leg Up Farm, with Drew Schlasta winning Reserve from Walnut Grove Farms, LLC. Classes judged riders’ abilities on equitation, position and communication with their horse.
Walk Division Winners: Olive Bennett, 2021 Champion and Noah Yahasky, 2021 Reserve Champion.
Also shown: Arthur Lih, founder and CEO of LifeVac (left).
2021 Walk/Trot Therapy Champion Kendall Fetrow.
Drew Schlasta, 2021 Walk/Trot Therapy Reserve Champion
Also awarded was the 2021 “Therapy Horse of the Year” – presented to “Z” from Special Equestrians, Warrington, PA. “Z” is a 17 year old, 16.1 hand bay Irish Sport Horse, with a heart at the top of his blaze - appropriate for his sweet soul! He is the perfect therapy horse because of his wide range of skills. He provides a variety of lessons both mounted and unmounted, and travels to alternative schools and senior centers. He was presented with a PNHS Therapy Horse of the Year embroidered cooler and a wagon full of treats and more!
2021 Therapy Horse of the Year, "Z"
The 2021 Championships were sponsored by LifeVac – a company producing an upper airway clearing device to provide the safest, simplest method to save an aspirating person.
The vision of LifeVac came from Arthur Lih, founder and CEO of LifeVac: to save as many lives as possible throughout the world. Arthur, Dr. Brody, and a few close friends set out to bring LifeVac to the public by establishing a research and development facility located right here in the USA, in Springfield Gardens, NY. To date, LifeVac has saved 284 lives! Check out their simple yet miraculous product at www.LifeVac.net.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation (PNHS), a 501(c)(3) organization, is building its base to expand financial assistance to the groups it supports and to raise awareness of the Foundation in the community. Founded in 1999, the Foundation supports youth and equine activities including many horse rescue and equine therapy groups.