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October 22, 2016

Fortis Fortuna Steps Up To The Plate For Daniel Coyle In $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 22

Daniel Coyle, 21, had never jumped Fortis Fortuna indoors before, and he had only jumped her in one open grand prix.

But none of that stopped the young Irishman from topping the field of seasoned competitors at the $100,000 Grand Prix de Penn National at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show.

“I just wasn’t overly sure about the mare if she was fit to handle that big a track, and I’m over the moon with her,” Coyle said.

October 22, 2016

Pet, Friend, Champion: Kelly Tropin And Chablis Capture Amateur-Owner Championship

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 22

Kelly Tropin walked out of the ring on Chablis in the amateur-owner, 18-35, hunters knowing she had just laid down one of the best trips of her life.

“I had chills,” Tropin said. “And then when I heard he got a 92, my trainer and I both started crying.”

Tropin and Chablis won that over fences class on her way to capturing the championship in the amateur-owner hunter, 18-35, division, and the high score award, to boot!

October 22, 2016

Alexa Lowe-Wiseman Thinks Positive On Way To Amateur-Owner Jumper Championship

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 22

Alexa Lowe-Wiseman was supposed to be preparing to compete aboard Stella De Lannay in the amateur-owner jumper classes at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, but the morning before the final class, she had another four-legged friend on her mind.

“It’s been a long day, because my dog went missing over 24 hours ago, and I was home in Upperville (Va.) looking for him all day,” Lowe-Wiseman said, shaking her heard.

October 21, 2016

Thoroughbred Blood Runs Strong At Pennsylvania National Horse Show

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 21

The 3’3” amateur-owner hunter divisions concluded Friday at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show—you can check out our coverage of the champions here and here, but there were three horses competing in the division who were throwing it back to the good old days of the American Thoroughbred show hunter.

October 20, 2016

A 100th Birthday And 100th Of A Second Make For Meaningful Victory For Leslie Howard

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 20  

When Leslie Howard trotted into the ring at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Thursday night for the $40,000 Big Jump class, her mom was watching online as an already special day for the family got even better.

“My mom is 100 years old today,” Howard, of Newtown, Conn., said with a grin. “She’s watching, so this will be a good birthday present. We have a big party on Sunday when I get home, I’m looking forward to that.” 

October 20, 2016

Throw Back 40 Years... No, Wait, I Want Them All!

One year ago, I sat in the seats overlooking the arena at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show struck by the sharp memories of the last time I’d been in that location—exactly 42 years earlier.

Four decades ago I was a teenager, with equitation finals glory as my goal. Last fall, I returned to the Farm Show Arena to compete in the NAL Adult Jumper Finals.

October 19, 2016

Eermette Carries Cassandra Kahle To First PA National Title Of Her Professional Career

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 19

The start list for the pre-green hunter division reads as a who’s who of top hunter professionals—and a 24-year-old young professional beat them all to earn the very first Pennsylvania National championship title of her career. 

Cassandra Kahle guided Eermette to the top of the 3-foot pre-green division with steadily improving scores of 86, 86.5, 87 and 88 over fences and a seventh placed finish under saddle. The reserve title went to Peter Pletcher and Serena.  

October 18, 2016

Harrisburg Is A Technicolor Dream Come True For Nick Haness

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 18

 When Nick Haness and Technicolor went center ring to collect the tricolor ribbon and cooler for the first year green championship at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, it was a first in more ways than one. 

“This was definitely a dream of mine. I’ve never been champion here before, never even won a class here before,” said Haness, 28. “I credit that to my horse, to Technicolor.”

October 17, 2016

Watch Why They Won: The Pennsylvania National Juniors

Thanks to Eq Sports Net, we get to relive all the moments of victory from Junior Weekend at the Pennsylvania National. They're live-streaming the competition all this week, with the professional and amateur hunters and open jumpers, as well. The Chronicle will also bring you all the stories behind the rounds with their online coverage and in the Nov. 7 print issue. 

October 16, 2016

Two Flying Changes Win It For T.J. O'Mara In Pessoa/USEF Medal Final

Harrisburg, Pa.—Oct. 16  

Four years, ago, T.J. O’Mara sat in the stands and watched as his sister Meg won the Pessoa/USEF Medal Final. This year, he got to take the spotlight in the class, working his way up from fifth after Round 1 to second going into the test and then into first with a brilliant test ride showing off two flying changes to counter-canter.

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