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June 26, 2014

Applications Available For Claire Mawdsley Scholarship And Rider Recognition Program

This year the Pennsylvania National Horse Show will debut the Claire Mawdsley Scholarship and Rider Recognition Program, which rewards junior hunter riders who attend traditional “brick and mortar” high school full time.

Four scholarships will be awarded, one to each of the top-placing eligible exhibitors in each section of the junior hunters. The scholarship will be held in trust and paid directly to a higher education institution, and there will also be a ribbon presentation for the top three eligible exhibitors in each section.  

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.

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