Harrisburg, PA - All Aboard turned in a sidesaddle performance with Jill Wilson today that will be a ride to remember. The 16-year-old grey gelding earned the tricolor during what may be his final Harrisburg championship with Wilson, his Louisa County, Virginia-partner who is moving on to a new horse.
Scoring the top points in the Sidesaddle division, All Aboard, owned by Sally Lamb of Gordonsville, Va. turned in flawless trips, winning the under saddle and over fences classes.
"I've never done this well; this week has been awesome," explained Wilson. "This might be my last year on this horse. If so, this is a good way to end - it's a sweet ending," she said. "Harrisburg is special to this horse. He floats when he gets here. I love him to death - he taught me how to do this. He put up with my mistakes - he's a saint."
The Sidesaddle Reserve Champion was awarded to Miss Brittney, owned and ridden by Jeanne Blackwell of The Plains, VA.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show (PNHS) continues through Saturday, October 23. Special attractions include Thursday night's Pennsylvania Big Jump, Friday's carriage racing, and the grand finale, Saturday's $75,000 Grand Prix de Penn National.
In addition to world-class equestrian competition, the PNHS offers a unique shopping environment with boutique vendors that offer everything from fine art to custom jewelry, clothing, accessories and horse show memorabilia.
General admission for Wednesday, October 20 to Friday, October 22, is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. General admission for Saturday, October 23, is $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. As always, children under 6 are admitted free in general admission seating. Convenient parking is also free.
The Pennsylvania National Horse Show is proud of its tradition of supporting equine and youth programs. The show benefits the Harrisburg Kiwanis Youth Foundation and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Details are available at the horse show's website at www.panational.org or by calling the horse show office at 717-770-0222.
Photo Caption: Sidesaddle Champions Jill Wilson and All Aboard in the Ladies Sidesaddle Over Fences class. (Al Cook Photo)