Qualifying Shows for PNHS Therapeutic Riding Championship

The Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation is pleased to announce the return of “Foundation Friday” – a day dedicated to promoting
the Horse Show’s 501c3 charitable Foundation and the groups it serves.

Initiated in 2016, Foundation Friday is the setting for the “Therapeutic Riding Championships” as well as the presentation of the Foundation
“Therapy Horse of the Year” Award.

Action in the main competition ring stops on Friday evening, October 20, to welcome two classes of therapeutic riders who have been invited to participate in these Championships.  Both an assisted and an un-assisted walk trot class is held.  Riders compete for PNHS ribbons and a trophy and all riders also receive a gift bag full of donated products from sponsors and vendors.  Last year’s riders received helmets, a riding shirt and grooming products. 

Riders may qualify for these championship classes by competing at any one of the following qualifying events:

May 7 – Columbia Riding Club, Columbia, Pa.
May 28 – Thorncroft Equestrian Center, Devon, Pa.
July 8 – Friendly Horseman’s Club, Denver, Pa.
August 5 – Gettysburg Riding Club, Gettysburg, Pa.
September 16 – Leg Up Farm, York, Pa.

“Last year was our first year welcoming these riders to our show and it was a huge success,” said Susie Webb, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.  “We have expanded our qualifying classes to include two new venues – Thorncroft Equestrian Center and Friendly Horseman’s Club.  We can’t wait to host these championships again and to honor this year’s PNHS Foundation Therapy Horse of the Year.”

Established in 1999, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization, provides support for therapeutic riding and equine rescue programs. The Foundation makes grants exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to acquaint, teach and train the public in therapeutic equestrian endeavors and to support equine rescue efforts.

Make plans to join the 2017 Pennsylvania National Horse Show, October 12 – 21 at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, PA. To learn more about this year’s show, visit