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Pennsylvania National

October 17, 2015

Howard Marks The Grand Prix De Penn National Off Her Bucket List

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 17

October 17, 2015

Mirror Image Lives Up To Her Name In Amateur-Owners

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 17

“They’re beautiful together,” trainer Amanda Steege says to me as she sends Mirror Image and Ellen Toon into the ring for the amateur-owner, 36 and over. As I watch them canter to the first jump, I can’t help but agree.

“Mimi” looks like a fun ride, something Toon confirms when we talk after they accept their amateur-owner, 36 and over, champion and the grand amateur-owner champion coolers.

October 16, 2015

Balou Struts His Stuff In The Low Amateur-Owners

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 16

As Balou walked out of the ring, adorned in his championship cooler, he snaked his head around to grab a massive carrot from the basket near the in-gate. When Lisa Arena Davis laughed and tried to take the treat back, the charismatic gelding held on tighter.

If he could talk, he’d be saying, “I think I deserve lots of treats.”

His certainty in his performance was spot on, his efforts in the low amateur-owner, 18-35, gave them the division title and the grand low amateur-owner championship.

October 15, 2015

Conor Swail Rides His Hot Streak To Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 15 

Conor Swail’s name had been popping up in headlines quite a bit recently.

First it was a win in the $85,000 American Gold Cup Qualifier (N.Y.) with Viva Columbia. Then it was the $125,000 New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix (Ohio), which he promptly followed with a win in the $40,000 FEI Speed Class at the Rolex Central Park Horse Show (N.Y.) with Simba de la Roque.

Well add the $40,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump at the Pennsylvania National to that list.

October 15, 2015

Twisther Busts His Girth Off At Harrisburg

The few seconds after Reid Patton landed after the final fence of an amateur-owner jumper class at the Pennsylvania National with Twisther felt like an eternity.

As they galloped forward, Patton was visibly unseated and unable to right herself. Her saddle came off, and Twisther took a couple tours of the ring alone before he was finally caught.

When Patton picked herself and her gear back up, she noticed that her girth was missing three vital pieces—buckles.

October 15, 2015

Lucador Comes Out On Top At Pennsylvania National

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 15

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