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October 19, 2013

Swail Leads Irish Sweep At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 19

After winning the $40,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump on Thursday at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with Game Ready, Irish rider Conor Swail commented that the gelding was his third string horse.

But after capturing the victory in the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National, he admitted the horse may have moved up on his list.

October 19, 2013

Toon Shares The Spotlight At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 19

Ellen Toon and her mount, Invincible, were not the only ones in the spotlight when they won the amateur-owner, 36 and over championship and the grand amateur-owner championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

Jim Toon, her groom, trainer and husband, earned the grand amateur-owner hunter groom’s award minutes later.

“Like I told Ellen, I’ve gone back to where I originally started,” the experienced competitor and trainer laughed.

October 19, 2013

Ringside Chat With Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard has been coming to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for as long as she can remember. A member of the gold medal-winning U.S. show jumping team at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the silver medal-winning team at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, she's one of the United States' most decorated grand prix riders.

October 18, 2013

Valentine Steals The Judges' Hearts At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 18

Last fall, Valentine was competing at her first indoor show with Jaime Auletto at Capital Challenge (Md.) and things didn’t go as planned.

The now-7-year-old German-bred mare was still quite green, and Auletto realized it was still a little too soon for the challenge.

Fast forward a year, and the pair came to the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with more experience and confidence. They used that to their advantage to win the low amateur-owner, 18-35 championship and the grand low amateur-owner championship.

October 17, 2013

Game Ready Is Game On In PA Big Jump

Harrisburg, Pa. – Oct. 17

As Conor Swail watched the six riders ahead of him in the jump-off of the $40,000 Pennsylvania Big Jump, his plans for Game Ready changed quickly.

He thought a nice, slow clear would get him a good placing when four riders dropped rails, but then Todd Minikus on Quality Girl, Brianne Goutal on Nice de Prissey and Kent Farrington on Willow put the pressure on with fast clears.

October 16, 2013

Farmer Is Unbeatable At Harrisburg

Harrisburg, Pa. - Oct. 16

As Kelley Farmer left the ring at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show with an armful of tricolors, there was one award she was the happiest to receive.

“It’s been too long since I was leading hunter rider here!” she joked.

Farmer last earned the title in 1999, but this year was all hers as she won the grand hunter championship, green conformation hunter championship and the regular conformation hunter reserve championship on Quotable to help take the win.

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