Harrisburg, PA - October 18, 2014 - It was a day filled with excitement as 22 amateur adult riders took to the ring at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show for the $15,000 Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur Owner Jumper Classic. In a field of very competitive riders, only five of the initial 22 made it through the first round without penalties and into the jump-off. Ultimately it was Ali Wolff of New Albany, OH, and John Wolff's BRIANDA who were victorious as they crossed the timers faster than the rest of their challengers.
Sponsored by the Doubleday Foundation, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Amateur Owner Jumper Classic was shown over a course of 12 jumps set at 1.45m. Wolff's clear round in the fastest time of 38.158 seconds secured her the win and the Otis R. Dodson Perpetual Trophy.
"This is my first indoor competition and it feels great," Wolff said of her win. "I've always seen the awards everyone gets on television, and it's a great feeling to win my first time here. It's a very prestigious show."
Wolff also won the Amateur Owner Jumper Championship and the Hunterdon Challenge Trophy along with the first place prize money of $4,500.00. The Amateur Owner Jumper Championship was given to Wolff for obtaining the most points in the Amateur Owner Jumper Section. She was then presented with the Leading Rider Award and the E. Corbett Rider Memorial Perpetual Trophy for acquiring the most points on one horse in the division.
Charlie Jacobs of Boston, MA, and CMJ Sporthorse, LLC's CASSINJA S produced a clear round in the jump-off but crossed the timers a little slower in 38.987 seconds to finish in second place.
Third place went to Richard Neal, of Malibu, CA, and his own QUADAM who had a fast time of 36.466 seconds, but unfortunately incurred eight faults in the jump-off.
About the Show Jumping Hall of Fame
The Show Jumping Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1987 and formally opened in 1989. The Hall of Fame was organized to promote the sport of show jumping and to immortalize the legends of the men, women and horses who have made great contributions to the sport.
Since 2010, the Show Jumping Hall of Fame has been located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. Plaques honoring those who have been honored with induction into the Hall of Fame can be seen at the Horse Park's Rolex Stadium. Mementos and artifacts from the sport's history are on display as part of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame collection at the United States Hunter Jumper Association's Wheeler Museum at the Horse Park.
Further information about the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, including a list of all inductees, is available on line at www.ShowJumpingHallofFame.net.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) is one of the largest indoor horse shows in the U.S., hosting horses and competitors from across the country with 20,000 spectators attending from the Mid-Atlantic region. With over 1,400 qualified horses competing for $485,000 in prize money, the show features national Hunter and Jumper competition and is the site of the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal Final, the Randolph College/USEF National Junior Jumper Championships, North American League (NAL) National Finals and the $85,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.
In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the horse show offers a unique shopping experience with boutique vendors showcasing one-of-a-kind, equine inspired products including jewelry, fun fashion and accessories.
The 10-day event is being held from October 9th to 18th at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, PA. Proceeds from the event benefit community equine and youth programs. Since its inception in 1945, the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation has donated nearly $2 million to charitable entities.
Live coverage of the competition, scoring results and more details on the show are all available at www.PAnational.org.