Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation Elects New Member and Officers to Board

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation appointed new officers and elected Nick Haness as a new member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors during the group’s annual meeting on March 11, 2024.

Remaining at the helm of the board as Chairman is Max Hempt, who was elected to the position in 2022. Also continuing to serve in their former officer positions are the following:

  • 1st Vice Chair – David Schlosberg
  • 2nd Vice Chair – Susie Baker
  • Treasurer – Richard Hornberger

Newly joining the elected officers as Secretary is Ralph Alfano, who has served as a board member since 1986.

All voting board members also unanimously elected in favor of Nick Haness joining the board for a three-year term beginning April 1, 2024.

An accomplished hunter/jumper professional, Haness is no stranger to the PNHS, having ridden to numerous championship titles at the show. Haness currently owns and operates Hunterbook Farms, based out of Temecula, CA, where he has been training, importing and producing top horses and riders for the past 20 years. Haness’ recent career accomplishments and titles include: 2019 USEF Equestrian of the Year, 2022 and 2023 Devon Grand Hunter Champion, 2023 Devon Leading Hunter Rider, 2022 Chronicle of the Horse Hunter Person of the Year and much more.

Outside of the ring, Haness serves on the Board of Directors for the USHJA Hunter Committee and enjoys contributing to task forces geared toward the betterment of equestrian sport. In his free time, Haness enjoys spending time at his farm, where he also operates a large and exotic animal rescue.

Nick Haness competing aboard Pavlova at the 2023 Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Photo by Andrew Ryback Photography

“We’re thrilled to welcome Nick Haness to our Board of Directors, as he brings with him a wealth of personal experience and the great expertise and perspective of someone who is very active in our industry as a rider and trainer,” said Susie Shirk, Executive Director of the PNHS Foundation. “The diverse insights, backgrounds and areas of knowledge represented across our board are invaluable to the horse show and will continue to help drive the PNHS forward as a thriving USEF Heritage Competition.”

Additional PNHS Foundation Board of Director members include:

  • Garland Alban
  • Thomas Brennan
  • Thomas Bross 
  • Missy Clark   
  • Matt Cyphert                                                 
  • G. Lewis Davey
  • Gary Duffy
  • Tim Gougen                      
  • Lannie Lipson 
  • Frank Madden                           
  • Collin F. McNeil            
  • Lexis E. Mowery            
  • Judith Patton
  • Mike Rosser
  • Don Stewart
  • Jimmy Torano                    
  • Douglas Wheeler         
  • Tom Wright

To learn more about the PNHS Foundation, click here.