Best Case Scenario Tops Pony Hunter Championships

Harrisburg, PA – October 15, 2011 –Best Case Scenario, owned and ridden by Vivian Yowan of Lexington, KY, topped the pony awards winning the Grand Pony Hunter Championship sponsored by Eye D at the 66th Annual Pennsylvania National Horse Show on Saturday.  This was the first trip to Harrisburg for Casey, as he is called around the barn, but Yowan knew that the seven-year-old gelding had the talent to take the division’s highest prize.

“He was so awesome!” said the 14-year-old rider.  “I knew that he could do it, but it was his first time here and the first time indoors, so I wasn’t expecting to win.  It was really a surprise.  It was an honor just to be here.  It takes a lot to qualify for this show, so to win here is exciting!”

Yowan’s trainer Kelly Goguen felt the same way about Casey.  “He is brave and scopey, but he is young with not much experience,” said Goguen.  “The question was whether he would put it all together on his first trip here.  I knew he had the capability to win because he is a solid pony that is really mature for his age.”

Best Case Scenario was also named Champion of the Large Pony Hunter division sponsored by Willow Brook Stables and Kate Considine.  The Reserve Champion was Centerfield, owned by Grand Central Inc. of North Salem, NY, and ridden by Sophie Michaels.

Madison Goetzmann rode Denmark, owned by Manhattan Mortgage Co, Inc. of New York, NY to victory in the Medium Pony Hunter Championship sponsored by Pennsylvania Chamber Insurance.  The Reserve Championship ribbon went to Salvandi Coronet, owned by Colby Nyland-Elliott of New Hope, PA, and shown by Lucy Nyland-Elliott.

The Small Pony Hunter Championship, sponsored by Aegis Security Insurance Company, was won by Cardiff Mardi Gras, owned by Madeline Schaefer of Westminster, MD, and ridden by Daisy Farish.  Farish also topped the Best Child Rider – Pony Class.  The Reserve Champion was First Edition, owned by Katie Dinan LLC of New York, NY and ridden by Bergen Sanderford.  

Denmark also won the $5,000 Pony Hunter Winners Stake, sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Gary Duffy & Little Brook Farms, Inc.  Cardiff Mardi Gras finished second and First Edition was third.

Junior weekend culminates on Sunday with the USEF/Pessoa Hunter Seat Equitation Finals presented by Randolph College.   Competition continues through October 22. Highlights include Hunt Night, Western Night, Family Day featuring free pony rides and face painting, and the featured event, the $75,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier 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 Saturday, October 16 to Friday, October 21, is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, except for Wednesday, October 19.  On Wednesday spectators can download a coupon for free admission at  General admission for Saturday, October 22, 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 corporation.

Details are available at the horse show’s website at or by calling the horse show office at 717-770-0222.

Photo: Pony Hunter Grand Champion - Best Case Scenario.  Left to Right:  Tim Goguen, Kelly Goguen, Vivian Yowan, Tyler Brown, Liz Shorb, Richard Hornberger.  (Al Cook Photo)