Mindful Wins High Performance Working Hunter Championship
Harrisburg, PA - October 14, 2014 - The Green Hunters and High Performance Working Hunters were featured at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, competing over fences as well as under saddle which ultimately determined the Champions.
It was a golden day for GOLDEN RULE, an 8 year-old chestnut gelding owned by Stephanie Danhaki and ridden by Scott Stewart who was crowned Grand Green Hunter Champion as well as Second Year Green Hunter Champion. His groom Juan Bernardo received the Grooms Award. "It's great. I really wasn't expecting it," said Stewart. "He's a great horse, but he came here just to get in the ring before his owner Stephanie rides him in the amateurs. I didn't put any pressure on him. It's really cool, he's great."
Reserve Champion in the Second Year Green Hunter Championship was ACADEMY AWARD, a 7 year-old bay gelding owned by Jane Fraze and ridden by Peter Lombardo.
The First Year Green Hunter Champion was SET TO MUSIC, a bay 8 year-old gelding owned by Deborah Perkins and ridden by Havens Schatt. His groom Erin Smith was also recognized and received the Grooms Award. Reserve Champion was RANSOM, a 6 year-old bay gelding owned by Saddle Ridge LLC and ridden by Vivian Yowan.
"It feels really good," said Schatt. "My horse last year was First Year Green Champion too, so I didn't think I would be able to do it again. He really pulled through from the beginning."
"He's eight, he does the amateur hunters with his owner and he's been Reserve Champion at Devon and Capital Challenge," she added. "And we finally broke the bridesmaid string this week!"
MINDFUL, a black 8 year-old gelding ridden by Kelley Farmer and owned by Kensel, LLC was crowned High Performance Working Hunter Champion, while FONTEYN, a bay 8 year-old mare owned by John and Stephanie Ingram and ridden by Hayley Barnhill took Reserve Champion. Marcos Martinez, who looks after MINDFUL received the Grooms Award.
"Amazing. That's an unbelievable animal right there," said Farmer. "He was Champion at Devon and he's just an unbelievable horse. It's rare that I get to keep them for a while, but we bought him so he's sticking around! It's really nice."
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.